Monday, January 23, 2006

The optimistic viewpoint

Despite this being a weaker minority than hoped for, the opposition parties will probably be smart enough not to trigger yet another election for at least a year. During that time, the Conservatives will run a steady ship, acting to disprove the scary right-wing extremist label that the Liberals have been so successful in hanging on them (including it would seem, yet again in this election). In the next election, that tactic will be so much less effective.

In the meantime, the Liberals will have to reinvent themselves, ditching Martin and making themselves into a more balanced and centrist party again.

In the next election then, the main contenders will hopefully be both strong and moderate centrist parties, one slightly to the right, one to the left. This is good for Canadian democracy, and I'm confident that the moderate right can engage and win the healthy conflict of ideas that will ensue.

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