As a displaced Canadian, my husband occasionally (continuously) touts political systems that have more than two parties, more than red and blue. Canada is heading to the polls on Monday and having their own bit of last minute excitement.
It’s actually a breath of fresh air in the free exercise of choice and discussion of substantive issues. When compared to a prime minister cavorting with teenagers (Italy), a president embattled with ‘birther’ nonsense (US), or drowning in debt deceit (too many to list), the race in Canada is enviable. Far from Canadian politics being quaint or boring, national campaigns by five political parties are giving Canadians something thoughtful to think about.
[May 2, 2011] Post-election update : Well, that didn’t go well.