As I’m writing this, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has won 184 seats, Stephen Harper’s Tories are down by 60 to under a hundred and Thomas Mulcair’s NDP are in third party status once again. What’s incredible is that the Liberal Party started out with only 36 seats and managed to win almost 150 by the end. Liberal Party leader and incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the son of former PM Pierre Trudeau who was a radical socialist who sympathized with the communist Sandinistas in Central America and was friends with Fidel Castro in Cuba. Justin just like his father is bit of lefty fruit himself (though not quite the extent Thomas Mulcair of the NDP is). He proposes new welfare programs and raising taxes. Though one thing I’ll grant him is that he’s for legalization of marijuana whereas Stephen Harper is a huge drug warrior calling pot “infinitely worse” than tobacco.

Other than that one thing though, there’s not much else to look forward to with a Canadian Liberal government. Interesting thing is that the Canadian Liberal Party started out in the classical liberal tradition of F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, John Stuart Mill, Frederick Bastiat etc. Though much like the Liberal Party in the UK (now called the Liberal Democrats), they’ve degraded by progressive leftist ideologue and were the ones that passed Canada’s national healthcare system which has turned into a huge disaster 5 decades later.

Earlier in the summer, the NDP was riding high but then their support collapsed due to the naqib issue. Probably a good thing they didn’t get elected to government otherwise they’d have done the same thing they’re doing to Alberta now. So for as bad as the Liberals will be, Canada could’ve chosen worse. So why is it the Conservatives lost so bad? For a couple of reasons. The big one are oil prices. They’ve benefited from new technologies like the US has. But with having a much smaller population of nearly 36 million (which is smaller than even California), they weren’t able to withstand collapsing oil prices so they took it out on the governing party which happened to be the Tories.

Another reason maybe is the aforementioned marijuana issue. Recent poll showed that 56% of Canadians favor legalizing pot and an additional 30% support decriminalization. Stephen Harper like I said previously is horrible on the issue and has little understanding of marijuana. He even tried to pen Trudeau’s support for legalization against him and clearly didn’t help him at best. To compound that further, 75% of Tory voters combined legalization or decriminalization versus just a quarter who favored keeping current criminalization policies. So it really speaks volumes when you’re out of step even with your party base. The Tories will have to go back to the drawing board in order to succeed in four years. In the meantime, I’d like to welcome Canada to the nightmare we’ve been living in for nearly seven years now. You get what you asked for.

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