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posted by takyon on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the what's-this-aboot dept.

Canadians voted for a sweeping change in government Monday, giving Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau a majority to end the nearly 10-year rule of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Election returns showed Trudeau's Liberals winning a majority of the 338 seats in Parliament. With 85% of polls reporting, the Liberals either won or were leading in 185 seats. The party needed to win 170 seats for a majority government.

Trudeau, 43, the oldest son of the late prime minister Pierre, will become the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

The story is being carried by USA Today and just about every major news outlet. There were some economic takes on the election as well.

takyon: Results at CBC and BBC. DeSmog Canada has an analysis focusing on potential shifts in environmental and science policies:

The Liberal party has taken a strong stance on the war on science in Canada, promising to free scientists to speak publicly about their work. Trudeau has also promised to instate a Parliamentary Science Officer to ensure transparency, expertise and independence of federal scientists. This position will mirror that of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

In addition to unmuzzling scientists, the party also wants to work collaboratively with the provinces, First Nations and other stakeholders when it comes to ocean management. This is significant in light of the Conservative government's de-funding of numerous marine science programs, including the only research being conducted into the effects of industrial pollutants on marine mammals. The Liberal party has promised to reinstate $40 million of funding for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by aristarchus on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:19AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:19AM (#252189) Journal

    Let me be the first to offer congratulations to citizens of the Great White North! Hosers! Your long national nightmare is over.

    • (Score: 2) by Mr Big in the Pants on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:33AM

      by Mr Big in the Pants (4956) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:33AM (#252211)

      Ditto here.

      And please let this mean you will torpedo that abhorrent TPPA while you are at it.

      You will have my eternal gratitude.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by davester666 on Tuesday October 20 2015, @09:32AM

        by davester666 (155) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @09:32AM (#252220)

        Totally not going to happen. If Harper was doing his best George Bush impression [including doing his best to make Canadian politics more like the US, an us vs them, if you are against us, you are a terrorist, on and on], Trudeau is clearly a puppet. There are a bunch of very wealthy men that will tell him exactly what to do.

        The TPP is definitely going to pass, possibly even quicker than if Harper was reelected. If you think it won't, or that the Liberal platform is that the TPP is to be rejected, remember back to the 'Red Book' Liberal platform. Basically EVERYTHING they promised, in writing, before the election, once they got power it became "oh, now that we're in power, we found out things that now we can't do any of that stuff."

        • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:29PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:29PM (#252333)

          "oh, now that we're in power, we found out things that now we can't do any of that stuff."

          One can see how that can be abused, but that is also a realistic scenario to be in. It is easy to make promises on the campaign trail if you don't or can't know what what the ramifications are, or whether something is even possible. For example, it is easy to say that you'd close Gitmo, but then you find out that you can't because you either don't have anywhere to release prisoners, Congress blocks you from transferring them elsewhere, or the home countries refuse to take them in.

          • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:41AM

            by davester666 (155) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:41AM (#252542)

            It's relative. For example, the Liberals wanted to get rid of the GST, it was the main point of their campaign. Oops, no, we can't afford to do that, like that was a huge surprise.

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:14PM

      by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:14PM (#252404) Journal

      I don't know. Perhaps being in the US has made me overly cynical, but I can *hope* that the change will produce the desired results without expecting it.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Appalbarry on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:21AM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:21AM (#252190) Journal

    I didn't vote for Trudeau, but his acceptance speech was nothing short of inspirational.

    Check it out. [youtu.be]

    It was about hope, and pride for our country, and about how we can, really, make this better place for everyone.

    This was vote against fearmongering, and hate, and avarice, and greed, and malice.

    For the first time in a decade many of us feel once again that this is a country that we want to call home.

    (OK, it was pretty Obamaesque, but I'm still stoked.)

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by gnuman on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:37AM

      by gnuman (5013) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:37AM (#252193)

      Anyone is better than politics of the dethroned Harper. Remember the "you are either with us or with pedophiles"? That has stuck with me and why I made sure to vote.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-on-e-snooping-stand-with-us-or-with-the-child-pornographers/article545799/ [theglobeandmail.com]

      Now we'll see if Trudeau will do as he promised.

      BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party pursue political reforms which promote:

              Open, democratic nominations of candidates;
              Fewer “whipped” votes in Parliament and more “free” votes requiring individual MPs to assume full responsibility for their decisions;
              Stronger Parliamentary control over public finances, including an annual deadline for the budget; accounting consistency among the Estimates and the Public Accounts; more clarity in voting on Estimates; a costing analysis for each government Bill; and a requirement that government borrowing plans must get Parliament’s pre-approval;
              A truly independent, properly resourced Parliamentary Budget Officer;
              A more effective Access-to-Information regime with stronger safeguards against political interference;
              An impartial system to identify and eliminate the waste of tax-dollars on partisan advertising;
              Careful limitations on secret Committee proceedings, Omnibus Bills and Prorogation to avoid their misuse for the short-term partisan convenience of the government;
              Adequate funding, investigative powers and enforcement authority to ensure Elections Canada can root out electoral fraud;
              Pro-active disclosure of parliamentarians’ expenses, a more transparent Board of Internal Economy and better audit rules;
              A truly independent Senate not based upon partisanship or patronage;

      I hope this will at least bring an end to the "Action Plan" 24/7 adverts.

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by mojo chan on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:30AM

        by mojo chan (266) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:30AM (#252204)

        Another major democracy rejects hard austerity. It's a shame that the UK will have to suffer for another five years before we get this chance, unless the government collapses after the EU vote.

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        • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:41PM

          by isostatic (365) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:41PM (#252312) Journal

          Another major democracy rejects hard austerity. It's a shame that the UK will have to suffer for another five years before we get this chance, unless the government collapses after the EU vote.

          I blame the centrists and the left. They wanted to punish the lib dems for being a small part of the last government, and they did this by voting Tory...

          I still don't hear labour pushing for a fairer voting system either, one which wouldn't allow Dave (or Jez) to get in with only 24% of the electorate, 37% of the votes, 50% of the seats, and 100% of the power.

          • (Score: 2) by n1 on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:00PM

            by n1 (993) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:00PM (#252373) Journal

            Regarding the LibDems and reform. AV was still an idiotic sham in my opinion. PR was never offered. It was a similar sham to how the US healthcare reform happened, there was at no point a single payer or NHS type option on the table to vote for or against. Different outcomes that do nothing useful, outside of the empty rhetoric both reform attempts were framed debate and illusion of progress.

          • (Score: 1) by purple_cobra on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:56PM

            by purple_cobra (1435) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:56PM (#252441)

            This is something they'll have a long time to cry over once the Tories have forced through (which is seemingly what all those new Tory peers in the House of Lords were for) the boundary changes. I do, in part, blame the younger generation for not voting in larger numbers; had they done so, it is very unlikely we'd be in the situation we are now. That they *didn't* vote was pure masochism as they're the first ones to get the chop (see tuition fees, student loans, etc). The natural Tory voter is the older home-owner, with pensioners being vastly more likely to vote that way (Tories ensure pensions aren't lowered, pensioners vote Tory), though I should say that there's no evidence that they'd be worse off under any other party (though UKIP pulling up the drawbridge would kill the NHS much faster than the Tories are doing so).
            But we're stuck with them for another 5 years and I shudder to think what state we'll be in by then.

        • (Score: 2) by gnuman on Wednesday October 21 2015, @04:48PM

          by gnuman (5013) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @04:48PM (#252831)

          Another major democracy rejects hard austerity.

          I would not say that. Canadian government has little to do with "austerity" since liberals of 2000 under Chretien balanced the budget and produced surpluses for many consecutive years. It was not until the Conservative government of Harper (that was just kicked out), that rolled a 60 billion deficit - largest in Canadian history. He also expanded the government at a fastest pace than his predecessors while managing to kill science funding at same time. So no, austerity has little to do with anything here. It was more mentality of "kick the bums out" and positive message of Trudeau.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by frojack on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:37AM

      by frojack (1554) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:37AM (#252194) Journal

      (OK, it was pretty Obamaesque, but I'm still stoked.)

      I sincerely hope that is not the case.
      Would be ALL three North American nations were bankrupt at the same time.

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      • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:06AM

        by SanityCheck (5190) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:06AM (#252240)

        Hahahaha, very funny :)

        Now for the dick part: there are 23 [wikipedia.org] countries in North America, including always forgotten Greenland. Oh Greenland, so close but yet so far.

        • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:58AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:58AM (#252250)

          The bigger dick part: Only two really matter; one more than the other (hint, hint: USA). The other 21 are 3rd world toilets full of brown people. 20 of them wouldn't make a dent in the world economy if they ALL disappeared. Mexico is lucky enough to provide slave labor the their neighboring US while also supplying illegal drugs for the US (and expanding that market to Europe). And Greenland? Don't make me laugh. There are what, 55 thousand people on an icy, barren wasteland that happens to be the 12th largest country by land mass in the world. There are tiny island nations and city-states that are more populated and productive.

          So that brings us back to only 3 North American countries.

      • (Score: 5, Informative) by dry on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:43PM

        by dry (223) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:43PM (#252313) Journal

        Well in the last 20 years, the Liberals balanced the budget 8 times and the Conservatives perhaps twice, depending on this year where the budget is projected to be balanced. The Conservatives also ran the largest deficit in the history of Canada while chanting "we're conservative, we know how to be fiscally sound"
        Just like households do have to borrow money for things like mortgages, sometimes governments do as well and interest rates are currently low.

        • (Score: 2) by frojack on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:51PM

          by frojack (1554) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:51PM (#252392) Journal

          depending on this year where the budget is projected to be balanced.

          Don't get too used to that.

          Trudeau has already indicated he plans on running C$25 billion ($19 billion) in deficits over three years to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending, while increasing taxes on top earners and cutting them for the middle class.

          Third link in TFS.

          Don't know if C$25 Billion is a significant part of the Canadian Budget or not, but if the wiki page [wikipedia.org] is to be believed C$25 is about 10 percent. That is an enormous deficit to run up in one year.

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          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by dry on Wednesday October 21 2015, @01:37AM

            by dry (223) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @01:37AM (#252562) Journal

            At least he was upfront about it unlike the Conservatives who first came to power bitching about the Liberals paying down the debt rather then immediately cutting taxes, cut taxes and proceeded to rack up a C$55 Billion deficit (and C$33.3Billion the next year ). The key is to pay down the debt when the country is not in recession.
            I'm not a Liberal supporter but given the choice between them and the Fascists, I'd rather have them.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:43AM

      by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:43AM (#252233) Journal

      Was hoping for Liberal minority so they'd have to cozy up with the NDP to get real things done: except for the fear they might cozy up to the Cons...

      When the numbers went full into majority, I went to bed.
       

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      • (Score: 2) by Vanderhoth on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:10AM

        by Vanderhoth (61) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:10AM (#252241)

        ^ This ^

        That was exactly what I was hoping for. I don't like any of the leaders, but Harper the least. Unfortunately now that there's a Liberal majority for the next 4 years I think we'll be just as bad off. Justin voted in favor of bill C-51 which is a bill for increased "cyber security" so I'm pretty sure that's still going through. I don't know where he stands on the TPP, but I really hope he kills that at the very least.

        It's much easier for those types of things to be done when it's a minority government and parties have to work together to keep up appearances rather than when there's a majority and the ruling party just says, "Fuck it. We have four years, we'll do what we want"

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        • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Nerdfest on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:36AM

          by Nerdfest (80) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:36AM (#252245)

          Step one was getting rid of the fascist. Step two is getting the election laws changed so that we can vote for who we want without accidentally re-electing the fascist. Step three is a closer approximation of democracy.

        • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 20 2015, @12:22PM

          by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @12:22PM (#252257) Journal

          Yes, i think it's time to start writing the Liberals and let them know how their constituents feel, let them know what WE want.

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        • (Score: 2) by aclarke on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:30PM

          by aclarke (2049) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:30PM (#252409) Homepage

          Some links:

          https://www.liberal.ca/liberals-repeat-call-on-harper-to-release-tpp-deal/ [liberal.ca]

          https://www.liberal.ca/statement-by-liberal-party-of-canada-leader-justin-trudeau-on-the-trans-pacific-partnership/ [liberal.ca]

          From the second article:

          “If the Liberal Party of Canada earns the honour of forming a government after October 19th, we will hold a full and open public debate in Parliament to ensure Canadians are consulted on this historic trade agreement.”

          I fully expect them to still pass TPP, but hopefully the details will at least still become more open beforehand. If you wanted TPP repealed, you should have voted Green.

          • (Score: 2) by Vanderhoth on Wednesday October 21 2015, @11:37AM

            by Vanderhoth (61) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @11:37AM (#252681)

            I actually thought about voting green. Three reasons I didn't.

            1) It would have been a wasted vote. I actually like the Green party the most, but I knew nothing about their candidate in my riding and know they don't have a hope in hell of forming even an opposition government. I know, it's a shitty catch 22 for them.

            2) I was afraid there would be too much vote splitting, which would have allowed the conservatives to from another government. There are three left leaning parties for people to vote for, more if you count other parties like the Block. There's only one right leaning party. That gives the conservatives an advantage because 60% of the country is split between three choices. The other ~40% only has one option. That's how the conservatives formed a majority government in the last election with just over 36% of the vote. Still a minority of the country, but united enough to tell the majority what to do.

            3) I wanted the conservatives out BECAUSE of Harper. He said he'd step down if the conservatives lost, which he did. Now they have an opportunity to get a new leader and maybe it'll be someone worth voting for in the next election.

            To be clear, I didn't like ANYONE in this election. The Green Party and the Liberals I disliked the least, in that order, but I voted for who I thought had the best chance of beating the one I disliked the most. I work in Science, had Harper formed another government I'd be lucky to have a job by the next election. We already went through three rounds of layoffs in the last two years. I feel pretty lucky I kept my job. A lot of my co-workers weren't so lucky. Harper hates science because it makes it hard for him, and his friends, to dictate policy when the science tells them something's not a good idea. Like building pipelines and open transportation channels where there could be serious environmental impacts. His solution was just to fire everyone telling him not to do it. Parks Canada, NRCan, and DFO were all hit very hard by layoffs and a lot of fisheries and resource management was handed over to private industry, who are expected to self police. Stock assessments are done every 5 years instead of every year now, so by the time the next one is done our commercial fisheries will probably be on par with the states, which isn't great.

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            • (Score: 2) by aclarke on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:54PM

              by aclarke (2049) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:54PM (#252700) Homepage

              Strategic voting certainly hit the Greens hard this time around. In my riding, the Conservative was going to win regardless, so I could vote Green and at least register that there's continued interest in that party's platform. The local Conservative MP is a good guy, just in the wrong party. He got elected this time by a small margin, so more strategic voting actually could have outed him. In the end though, he does a pretty good job of representing our riding, and can hopefully do a better job now that his party's out of power.

              The two main parties have a strong vested interest in keeping FTTP representation and avoiding any sort of proportional representation. If we could institute some sort of ranked voting system, along with proportional representation in some form, I think our political landscape would look a lot different.

              • (Score: 2) by Vanderhoth on Wednesday October 21 2015, @01:48PM

                by Vanderhoth (61) on Wednesday October 21 2015, @01:48PM (#252721)

                I totally agree with you. That's what I hate most about our election system. You have one vote which picks the person representing you, the party that controls the house and the leader of the country. You might like the guy that represents you, but not the party or the leader, or like the leader but not the party or the person representing you or you might like the party but neither of the other two.

                I really liked the conservative MP in my riding, he was a really nice guy, although I've never voted for him. I tend to vote for a combination of the party and the leader as most MPs will do what their party, and the party leader by extension, tell them first than what's right for their constituency second. I can't stand Harper, so I couldn't vote for the conservative MP in my riding. I assume the other people in our riding don't like Harper either. The conservative MP won by a huge margin in the last election and seemed to be really well liked, but was thrown out for a liberal candidate no one even knew up until 3-4 months ago. The only reason I can think of is because others thought like me and voted liberal just to get Harper out of office.

                The election system is broken, but you're right. It's unlikely anyone will tackle fixing it as the major parties benefit from it, or can at least make it work to their advantage on occasion.

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    • (Score: 1) by dingus on Tuesday October 20 2015, @01:44PM

      by dingus (5224) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @01:44PM (#252287)

      Finally I can call Canada the liberal paradise it's supposed to be

    • (Score: 1) by jez9999 on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:15PM

      by jez9999 (5922) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @05:15PM (#252380)

      Is there an undubbed version somewhere? The constant voiceover is very irritating, I just wanna hear him speak the original French and English.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:06PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:06PM (#252400) Journal

      (OK, it was pretty Obamaesque, but I'm still stoked.)
       
      You can still be stoked. Obama is an excellent speech-giver.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:57PM (#252420)

      I was surprise to get the "The uploader has not made this video available in your country" in Canada of all places. I guess they expect me to use the Crappy flash player on the CTV website.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:26AM (#252192)

    John Oliver did a 15 minute bit about the 3 candidates in the election just last night.
    See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8 [youtube.com]

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:43AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @06:43AM (#252195)

      Yawn.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by isostatic on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:53AM

      by isostatic (365) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:53AM (#252215) Journal

      The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

      Yeay internet!

      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:40AM

        by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:40AM (#252231) Journal

        Yay, VPN!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:03PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:03PM (#252319)

        That would have been a more useful post if you had named the country. You could have posted AC if you didn't want to disclose what country you are in.

      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:24PM

        by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:24PM (#252695) Homepage
        I can stick a copy on my webserver if you still need it. It's quite fun, in particular as it's very snarky towards the then-current idiot in charge.
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:45AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:45AM (#252234)

    Stop encouraging dynasties.

  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:47AM

    by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @10:47AM (#252235) Journal

    He's 43?
    He looks 25! Okay, here's hoping he actually does what is right for Canadians!

    Yeah, I know... What's right?

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Vanderhoth on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:15AM

      by Vanderhoth (61) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:15AM (#252242)

      Killing C-51 and the TPP, restoring the science sector, re-hiring Parks Canada, NRCan and DFO as well as retaking fisheries management from private corporations and the energy sector and bringing back the long form census would be some pretty good places to start.

      ... But he's probably just going to legalize pot and call it a day.

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      • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:16PM

        by SanityCheck (5190) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @03:16PM (#252328)

        And opening the southern border for USians fleeing hard economic times :)

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by VLM on Tuesday October 20 2015, @12:40PM

    by VLM (445) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @12:40PM (#252266)

    Wow what a love fest for our northern tier "Hope and Change" good luck with that, look what we got stuck with vs what we were promised.

    Anyway how about some contrarian balance?

    I was hoping they'd elect a crazed warmonger who would invade the USA, 1812 style, and torture our formerly northern tier states by subjecting the new Canadians in the former upper midwest in the former states of WA to ME with civilized health care, maple syrup, hockey, and legendarily beautiful Canadian women, or preferably all at the same time.

    Do you think I can taunt the Canadians into invading? "Eh! Eh you! Poutine sucks! Yeah I bet you don't like that, go ahead and invade and give us a civilized government and culture, go ahead, I triple dog dare you, or else I'm going to start making jokes about hockey being a game for big babies!"

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday October 20 2015, @01:10PM

      by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @01:10PM (#252273) Journal

      Yeah, if we'd been able to vote for Rob Ford, i'm sure he would have been Prime Minister and then... whoah... look out, you, you Americans... we'd invade you like snot from a kids nose, you bet! You've got lots of that there cocaine stuff down there... man, like snot. You'd have to watch out then, eh, you Americans, eh?

      Whoah... we'd be all up in your bitches and Doggs and hoes. We like hoes: big, dirty hoes. Oh yes, the bigger and dirtier the hoe, the better, eh!?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpY8JqwhJCQ [youtube.com]

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @04:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @04:29PM (#252357)

      They have sort of invaded with hockey teams and assorted comedians and rock singers. Does that count?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 20 2015, @07:24PM (#252427)

      Quiet you, or they might unleash Celine Dione on us again.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VanderDecken on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:48PM

    by VanderDecken (5216) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @02:48PM (#252317)

    National stats: 68% of those eligible to do so cast their vote.

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by SanityCheck on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:12PM

      by SanityCheck (5190) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @08:12PM (#252451)

      That's nothing, in the US people are often so compelled to vote that they have been known to leave their graves to cast ballots in certain states. Now that's turn out!

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by compro01 on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:33PM

      by compro01 (2515) on Tuesday October 20 2015, @11:33PM (#252518)

      That's preliminary, not counting the people who registered on election day.

      I worked as a poll clerk yesterday and just over 10% of our voters were same-day registrations. If this is at all representative of the nation as a whole, expect that number to rise a fair bit.

  • (Score: 1) by dw861 on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:39AM

    by dw861 (1561) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday October 21 2015, @12:39AM (#252541) Journal

    Ok Elizabeth May, I'm depending on you to hold Trudeau Jr to account (since I know that you read soylent news and all).

    I understand that there are petitions circulating to make you Minister of Environment, Ms May. Don't accept. Keep this guy's feet to the fire with as much resolve as you did for the last PM. Use every legal tool, every rhetorical device at your disposal. Every power to you in the process!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 21 2015, @07:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 21 2015, @07:35AM (#252628)

    Trudeau voted FOR C-51: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/09/no-regrets-voting-for-bill-c-51-trudeau [torontosun.com]

    Once he gets an earful from the climate scientists his hair will turn white and he'll snug their gags back tight and crank up the do-nothing carbon tax.

    He won't get our oil industry back on track because the companies are all US-owned and Obama has stated the oil must not come out for ecological reasons.

    He's going to disarm responsible Canadians to align with UN ATT, and ultimately Agenda 21.

    He's going to run up a huge deficit with no idea how to pull out of that nosedive, so expect the bail-in clauses for the banks to trigger.

    We also get 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and seeing how well that's going for Europe, I'm not very hopeful for my country's future.

    But hey, legal weed, so we can all get high while this place burns.

    Good job being played, Liberal supporters! See you on the unemployment line real soon!