Majority is heard at last

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Wilf Day
Majority is heard at last

Linda McQuaig:

Accustomed to beating the opposition into submission, Harper apparently hadn't noticed that, where there had once been nothing but mushy soft stuff, the Liberal party had miraculously grown a spine.

Let's hope it doesn't shrivel. . . .

It's true that a majority of Canadians didn't choose Dion to be prime minister. But the same is true of Harper, a polarizing figure who provokes intense negative reactions in many Canadians.

During the recent campaign, there was much talk of strategic voting among Liberals, NDP and Greens - anything to stop another Harper government. A substantial 62 per cent of voters cast ballots in the hopes of electing someone other than Harper.

The majority may finally get the result it wanted, not the one our cockeyed, first-past-the-post electoral system so often delivers.

Great stuff.


It's cockeyed and propped up with a rotten two-by-four. And the wind of change is about to blow it down. Hopefully.



Certainly, there is much that a Liberal-NDP government could accomplish - on the economy, on climate change, on poverty. The Liberals are always at their best when they feel the hot NDP breath of social justice tickling at their necks. Otherwise, they tend to simply cavort with big business.

When the NDP held the balance of power federally from 1972 to 1974, the Liberals introduced a national affordable housing program, pension indexing and a national oil company. The Liberal-NDP accord in Ontario led to the first provincial pay equity legislation in 1987.

"All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door" - JK Galbraith

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