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Postby JTWood » Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:58 am

CNN.com wrote:Vote topples Canadian government
Election expected in January after no-confidence measure


Monday, November 28, 2005; Posted: 9:51 p.m. EST (02:51 GMT)

(CNN) -- After months of political instability, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin fell Monday evening when three opposition parties united to topple him with a no-confidence vote in the House of Commons.

Martin's center-left Liberal Party had been dogged by a corruption scandal. It will now face voters in an expected January election that could end 12 years of Liberal rule in America's largest trading partner -- after a campaign over the Christmas holidays that the prime minister argues most Canadians don't want.

After losing the vote, a smiling and upbeat Martin rallied his Liberal caucus before they return to their home constituencies to "get fitted for snowshoes."

"The decision about the future of our government will be made by Canadians. They will judge us, and they will judge our performance," said Martin. He said his party would run on its record of "hard work and good management."

Addressing his troops, Conservative leader Stephen Harper called Monday "an historic evening."

"This is not just just the end of a tired, directionless, scandal-plagued government. It's the start of a bright new future for this great country," Harper said.

The opposition Conservatives, the leftist New Democrats and the separatist Bloc Quebecois joined forces to bring down Martin's government, which had lost its majority in an election last year. Monday's final vote was 171-133.

Martin will meet Tuesday with Governor-General Michaelle Jean to set the date of the election, which is expected to be in mid- or late-January. Jean is the official representative of Canada's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois had been threatening for months to bring down Martin and force an election. But until Monday, his government had survived with the support of the New Democrats and a handful of independents.

After the vote, New Democratic leader Jack Layton accused the Liberals of "stubbornness" and "inflexibility," saying Martin's government had said no to "good ideas on key issues" that his party had put forward.

The Liberals have run Canada since 1993. Recent polls give them the edge over Harper's Conservatives, but with fewer than 40 percent support among those polled, indicating that another minority government is likely.

Polls also show that in vote-rich Quebec, the Bloc Quebecois is well ahead of the other parties, making the task of assembling a majority even more difficult.

The leader of the Bloc, Gilles Duceppe, predicted voters in mostly French-speaking Quebec would issue "a judgment, and a very harsh one" on the Liberals in the wake of a corruption scandal that has particularly angered people in the province.

The Liberals took big losses in the House of Commons in June 2004 amid what was known as the sponsorship scandal, in which government money was paid to advertising firms to shore up support for Canadian unity in French-speaking Quebec.

Investigators determined most of the money went to firms with Liberal connections, with little or no work done in exchange, but placed most of the blame on former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

Martin was cleared of wrongdoing and issued a dramatic apology on behalf of his government in April. The Liberals agreed to pay $1.1 million back to the government after an initial report was issued November 1.

But Harper's Tories have readied a good-government platform for the upcoming vote, with Harper vowing to curtail the influence of high-priced lobbyists in Ottawa if he becomes prime minister.

Martin had proposed elections in March, after the expected release of a second report on the sponsorship scandal. He blasted the opposition earlier this month for moving toward a quick election, because the campaign would take place over the holidays -- "when Canadians least want one."

Martin, who became prime minister in December 2003 after Chretien retired, became the fifth Canadian leader to lose a confidence vote. The last was Conservative Joe Clark, in 1979. He was replaced by Liberal Pierre Trudeau.

The Liberals' political difficulties mark a sharp turnaround in Canadian politics. Just five years ago, with the political right divided between two rival parties, the Liberals coasted to a clear majority for their third consecutive election win.

But the right has since unified into the new Conservative Party, which, coupled with the sponsorship scandal, helped cost the Liberals their majority in last year's election.

The Liberals hold 133 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons, compared with 98 for the Conservatives, 53 for the Bloc Quebecois and 18 for the New Democrats. There are also four independents and two vacancies.
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Postby acsguitar » Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:53 pm

Thats too much reading
I'm too lazy to make a sig at the moment
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Postby ironman » Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:57 pm

Wait. They have more than 2 major parties? That's insane! ;-7
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Postby Madison » Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:29 pm

Bad Mookie! :-[

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So where are the Canadians? What do you guys think of this?
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Postby 3 run homer » Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:51 pm

I don't speak Canadian what does all this mean eh?
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Postby acsguitar » Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:56 pm

3 run homer wrote:I don't speak Canadian what does all this mean eh?


Something to do with Hockey I think
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Postby wrveres » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:08 pm

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for 6 days. Eventually Michael the Archangel found him, resting on the 7th day.

He inquired of God, "Where have you been?"

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards, through the clouds, "Look Michael, look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it EARTH and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to the different parts of EARTH, "For example, Northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while Southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there, I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people." God continued, pointing to different countries, "This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a large landmass in the top corner and asked, "What's that one?"

"Ah," said God, "That's Canada, the most glorious place on EARTH. There's beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, streams and an exquisite coast-line. The people from Canada are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they're going to be found traveling the world. They'll be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there will be balance?"

God replied wisely, "Wait until you see the loud-mouth bastards I'm putting next to them."


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Postby curious_george_43545 » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:10 pm

Ugh, anyone have a summary I don't want to read. :-/
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:41 pm

It gets more interesting.

There was a non-confidence vote earlier and the Conservatives had enough votes to win it but on the day of the vote this woman

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Conservative member of parliament Belinda Stronach got up and went to sit next to the Prime Minister. She changed parties that day and became a Liberal. It's interesting b/c she is the daughter of Frank Stronach, the owner of Magna International, a company that sells $14 billion per year in auto parts and one of the richest men in Canada. She was also engaged to another high-powered Conservative member of Parliament. She didn't tell anyone of her defection, not her party leader, not her fiance and not her Dad.

Because of her defection the Conservatives lost the non-confidence vote by one vote.

Even thought the Liberals are corrupt to the core they are better than the Conservatives who are incompetent and we suspect they are a little evil. Liberals have been in power forever and they will win the next election.

The only decent, honest and hardworking politicians are the left wing New Democratic Party. Their leader Jack Layton is a good guy and he will end up holding the balance of power again and they will be given more influence in the new government. Everyone wins b/c of this.

Politics in Canada can be kind of interesting sometimes.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:47 pm

not sure what mookie just said, but ... ;-7

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