On October 19, 2015 . . . out of approximately 35-MILLION Canadians . . . all eligible voters will have the right to be heading to the polls, and UNLIKE the USA, we in Canada follow a Parliamentary form of Government, where we vote for the Candidate, and NOT the Party Leader.
But make no mistake about it, WE ARE VERY MUCH VOTING FOR THE LEADER.
Canada has 338-RIDINGS (seats), each one is represented by multiple Party Candidates, plus several Independents, all of whom are competing to win.
1 – The Candidate who wins the most votes in his or her RIDING, even if he or she wins just one vote more than his or her closest rival . . . wins the Riding (Seat), regardless of Party affiliation.
2 – At the end of the one-day-election, all the SEATS are tallied, and whichever Party wins 50% of the SEATS (Ridings), forms the government, which is referred to as a MAJORITY, and governs however the LEADER of the Party, who becomes the Prime Minister of the country deems fit.
(A majority government cannot be voted out by the Opposition)
CANADA has 338-SEATS up for grabs, meaning that to win a Majority, the Party will need to win 169 of all the available Seats, which in Canada, is quite possible by winning as little as less than 40% of the popular vote, depending on how well each of the competition does in each RIDING.
FOR EXAMPLE . . . Let’s assume there are 4-Parties competing in one RIDING. And of the FOUR, three more or less split the votes, and one comes ahead of all the others by just one-percentage point.
GREEN PARTY WINS 24%.
LIBERALS WIN 24%.
NDP WINS 25%.
AND IF THE CONSERVATIVES WIN 27% . . . THE CONSERVATIVES WIN THE RIDING.
So, as you can see, Canada’s Majority government could conceivably be formed with a Party winning as little as 27% of the POPULAR vote, depending on how many people are running in each RIDING . . . what the turnout is, and how the votes split.
If one Party is really popular in one part of Canada, and wins all of its SEATS in that one part of the country by as much as 90%, but another Party wins the majority of all the other RIDINGS by the slimmest of margins, that Party would win a Majority of SEATS.
That’s how screwed-up a Parliamentary system really is. AND IT GETS WORSE.
What if there are THREE Major Parties with a shot to win? . . . Which there are.
THE LIBERALS – want to TAX, SPEND, REGULATE, and embrace the UN, just as the Liberals have always done when they were in power.
Their Leader is Justin Trudeau, a DILETTANTE who never had a REAL JOB before becoming the Leader of the Liberal Party. The closest he came to working was as a High School Drama Teacher and Ski Instructor. And the only thing that can tie him to the Liberals is his name, since his SOCIALIST Rich University Professor Father was Prime Minster of Canada in the very late ‘60’s, through the early 80’s, which Canada will never stop paying for.
THE NDP (New Democrats) are SOCIALIST Flakes, who REALLY want to TAX, SPEND, REGULATE, and WIPEOUT FOSSIL FUELS . . . and set Canada’s Foreign Policy in favor of every LEFTIST BAD ACTOR on the Planet, INCLUDING Islamists.
Their leader is Thomas Mulcair, who is everything political, which everyone wants him to be, And has finally found a home with the NDP SOCIALISTS. I know Mulcair personally, since he was a guest on my Montreal Radio Show, several times during his Provincial Liberal Days.
And what I can say about him with confidence . . . is that Mulcair is a man who is in my opinion the quintessential politician, worthy of screwing anyone who gets in his way.
How can someone with dual Loyalties be Prime Minster of Canada, when he has already sworn to uphold the laws of France?
AND THEN THERE ARE THE CONSERVATIVES . . . who are PRO-BUSINESS, PRO-ENERGY (including Fossil Fuels), ANTI-REGULATION, PRO-GUNS, ANTI-HANDOUTS, PRO-ISRAEL . . . and all the other good stuff that has steered Canada’s Economy and Social Peace steadily through the GLOBE’S very troubled waters.
As of the writing of this editorial, these three parties are virtually locked in a DEAD HEAT, with the election being too close to call.
Unlike the election in the USA, in Canada, we are not permitted to form PACS (Political Action Committees). We can’t donate more than $1,300 in total to a Candidate. We can’t donate more than $1300 in total to a Party. And we CAN’T buy ads with our own money to promote the Candidate, any Program we favor, and the Party of our choice. SO CAN YOU SEE MY PROBLEM?
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT . . . I’m 100% CONSERVATIVE, and I let everyone I meet know it . . . BUT:
Recently, Anne and I spoke with a couple that own a small and struggling business, the wife said to us – “I hate Harper, he’s such a piece of work, I just hate him”.
So I asked . . . What do you hate about him? Under the circumstances, he’s kept our economy pretty good. He’s lowered taxes, he’s streamlining government services, in-so-doing he’s reducing the size and cost of government.
Her answer was . . . “I JUST HATE HIM” – so how do you argue with that?
Harper also eliminated the draconian TAX PAYER contributions to Parties, which were FORCED on the entire nation, which no one was given a choice but to pay.
AND HE’S DRAWN A LINE IN THE SAND . . . between those who should be our friends, and those who are our real enemies like Iran.
And as the President of the USA and all other non-Moslem countries are falling over themselves to take in as many so-called Moslem Refugees by the TENS & HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS, Canada is not bringing in any beyond the number of Immigrants we decided to accept long before the Islamists decided to invade Western Democracies.
YET . . . with all of this, there is a real chance that Harper and his Conservatives might just win a MINORITY government that will fall almost as fast as it is elected, because the Opposition will vote down the THRONE SPEECH, causing A LOSS IN CONFIDENCE from the House of Commons, which is enough to trigger an election in Canada.
Anne and I had the distinct pleasure of taking Stephen Harper out to supper (just the three of us), at a Lebanese/Syrian Restaurant in Montreal, which was one of several occasions I had to meet with him. And each time I walked away from our conversations, it was clear to me that this guy knew what he wanted. He was really serious, very quiet and deliberative, but had very little charisma, which is something that goes a long way in politics.
SO HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE MY DILEMMA – There is a great deal I would love to do to promote Harper and the Conservatives, but, with the suffocating rules the way they are, there is little that I can do, other than to keep on spreading the word wherever I go, since the vast number of readers to Galganov.com are American, and are more concerned with 2016.
And who can blame them?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov