Tomorrow is the day when Canadians go to the polls. This is significant because it’s just possible that the Liberal Party, which has held sway over Canada for so long, might just lose it’s majority. In fact, that’s what Collin May over at Innocents Abroad is predicting.
So what may happen if the Conservative Party wins? To an American I doubt it will look like much will change. That won’t be the best of all possible outcomes but it’s better than if the Liberals get another chance at mucking things up.
What did they do that was so bad? Pretty much they promised the voters the Moon and (surprise surprise) couldn’t deliver.
The subject that’s near and dear to me, and the one that I know the most about, is the draconian gun control laws that Canada has enacted over the past decade or so. The latest is a national registry of all guns in the country, something that was supposed to cost the voters no more than $2 million Canadian Dollars (CD). Instead it’s going to cost more than $1 billion CD, and the cost just keeps climbing.
Don’t want to accept that incredible figure for what is nothing more than paperwork? Hey, don’t look at me! It comes from Canada’s very own Auditor General.
There’s 32.5 millions people in Canada. So the Liberal government has spent at least $31 CDs per person for the registry. But only 7 million people in Canada own guns, which means that they’ve actually spent $143 CDs per gun owner. And the registry is so far from complete that it’s not even funny. If the costs double before they get their heads screwed on straight (a distinct possibility) then each gun owner in Canada could have had a nifty surplus gun for the same money.
(And what was the AG’s reward for deciding that honesty and service to the public came before all else? The Liberals tried to smear her name.)
Okay, so the Canadians are a bunch of incompetent boobs for spending that much money on what should have been a large though uncomplicated national survey. So what? What does this have to do with the US?
Why should we care?
There’s two reasons why. One is that the favorite whipping boy for Canadian pundits (both politicians and the media) is the US. If something goes wrong in Canada then it HAS to be the fault of the Americans. To distract the voters from their own failure, it appears that Canada might just come down here in an effort to affect our own political choices.
(I have to admit that it would simply be fair play if they did. After all, bloated windbag Michael Moore has already appeared on Canadian TV to encourage votes for the Liberals.)
The second reason for voting the Liberals out is due to projection of force. Canada has allowed their military to literally rust away, money needed for maintenance and replacing worn equipment instead being allocated to ever-hungry Socialist programs.
This has seriously eroded the Canadians ability to protect themselves by projecting force outside of the country. Canadians are very proud of their contribution to peace keeping forces in Afghanistan, but read between the lines and you can see that they can only airlift their troops to Asia with substantial US help. (This page says that Canada only has 24,000 troops that it can send outside of the country. For comparison I would like to point out that the gaming convention I attend every year has more people showing up than that, although they admittedly don’t have to travel to another country.)
It could very well be that the Canadians would have protested our invasion of Iraq even if the Conservatives were in power at the time. That’s not the point. The point is that all aspects of the military has been cut back, including military intelligence. This means that the Canadians can’t even help track down those terrorists who are wanted for mass murder.
So far the Canadian government has felt that it’s a safe bet that America would assume the bruden for their defense. This is true, since we here in the US realize that any attack against a single liberal democracy is an attack on us as well. But we’re stretched thin, and it would be welcome if the Canadians stop hitching a free ride on our coattails and started top stand on their own two feet again.