Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Oh, Canada!

I didn't dare hope that the opinion polls, which got it so wrong in Britain, were actually spot on in reporting a surge in support of Justin Trudeau's Liberals, but they were. The Guardian reports that the Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has conceded that he has lost yesterday's general election in Canada.

There was the usual gush from the victor about "real change", which will inevitably be disappointed. What is more encouraging is that the Liberals came from third place in parliament, having suffered big losses in 2011. (It should be remembered that the Conservatives themselves had almost been written off a decade earlier.)  Moreover, the Liberals won against a Lynton Crosby-style tacitly racist campaign, and they won in both Francophone and Anglophone provinces.

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