Paul Martin’s greatest achievementas Canada’s Prime Minister

For those of you who are interested in Canadian politics — Hello, is anybody still reading? — I should note that we had a federal election here two days ago. Canadians voted to replace the Liberal minority government with a Conservative minority government.

(Minority governments happen in Canada because we have more than two political parties. If you have only two parties, one or the other is bound to have the upper hand when the ballots are counted. In Canada, where we have more than two parties, a party can win the most “seats” in Parliament but still have fewer seats than the combined strength of all the opposition parties.

Actual results in this election:  Conservatives, 124 seats; all other parties combined, 184 seats. The Conservatives got more seats than any other party (the Liberals were second with 103 seats), so they get to form a Government. But, if the opposition Members vote in concert, they can vote down the Government’s initiatives.)

Over on Bill’s blog, Art of the Rant, I have published my post-election analysis. One or two of you may be interested — who knows?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ejohn
    Feb 02, 2006 @ 23:01:00

    Hi – glad you like the illustration of Paul Martin from my blog.

    As a courtesy to the original artist, would you please change the ALT text to read “Illustration by Patrick LeMontagne.”

    Cheers!!
    John.

    Reply

  2. Q
    Feb 04, 2006 @ 07:43:00

    Ejohn:
    Done! It is a terrific illustration. And I hadn’t thought of using the ALT text for that purpose before — thanks for the suggestion.

    Reply

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