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1. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

Hi to all you Canadians - youve got changes in your country from what i hear!

What does this mean for you folks - What sorta guy is Stephen Harper like? Never really followed Canadian government much but it did ring a bell when i heard of Paul Martin when i was there last year.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Stephen Harper is a Conservative, versus Paul Martin who is Liberal. The Conservatives won a minority government last night, beating out the Liberals 124 to 103 seats, with the Bloc Quebecois (Quebec separatist party) winning 51, the NDP raking in 29, and one independant squeaking in. Paul Martin has since announced he is stepping down as Liberal leader. Check the CBC for full coverage!

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

We are not sure what kind of guy Stephen Harper is. He is popular in the suburbs and the rural areas, but couldn't make any in-roads into the cities, which is why he didn't win a majority government.

The next year and a half will be his opportunity to prove himself to the Canadian people. If he does well, he can win a majority government next time. If he does poorly, he'll be looking for a new job, just like exiting Prime Minister Paul Martin is now.

Greg

4. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Stephen Harper is a Conservative

So, now we Americans will be able to purchase and own Canadian citizens for our own personal uses???

It's coming, just you wait!!!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

Quoting tway

Stephen Harper is a Conservative

So, now we Americans will be able to purchase and own Canadian citizens for our own personal uses???

It's coming, just you wait!!!

We each come with a free barrel of oil, a handgun of your choice, and a $10 discount at Big Ed's Auto Repair Shop.

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

We each come with a free barrel of oil, a handgun of your choice, and a $10 discount at Big Ed's Auto Repair Shop.

Is that $10 Canadian or $10 US?

Don't worry about a potential swing in Canadian morals and values. If they veer way off to the right, probably nothing will change. Just look at your kindly neighbors to the South? Have we changed any since our political system entered the Middle Ages? No, hardly. We're the same bunch of humane, gentle, peace-loving paranoid sheep we always were. Only now we have the one true God on our side. That, and NASCAR. What else could any Freedom-Loving Patriot (TM) want out of life? Besides a slave, I mean.......

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Well, I think that the fact that we have an minority government means that we won't see too many "swings" in Canadian morals and values to the socially right, at least not before the next election. Stephen Harper will have to keep his government in the center if he wants to win the cities and get a majority government next time.

That being said, we could use a little NASCAR up this way.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

On a slightly unrelated note, what does everyone think about discussing politics in the workplace? I was brought up to think this was a big no-no, and quite frankly I'm surrounded by Bloc-talk here (and outnumbered 18 to 1) and the sheer imbalance is making me want to stuff corks in everyone's mouthes.

Any opinions either way?

9. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

That being said, we could use a little NASCAR up this way.

You've broken my heart Greg!!!

Quoting tway

On a slightly unrelated note, what does everyone think about discussing politics in the workplace? I was brought up to think this was a big no-no, and quite frankly I'm surrounded by Bloc-talk here (and outnumbered 18 to 1) and the sheer imbalance is making me want to stuff corks in everyone's mouthes.

Any opinions either way?

Discussing politics at work can be a bit dicey. I've found it's best to check political affiliations first in a casual sort of way. When confronted with an opinion that differs from yours, a few precautions always work for me:
1. smile, acknowledging the speaker
2. cock your head to one side, as to assure the
speaker that you are listening and interested
in what he/she/it is saying
3. nod occassionally, signifying acceptance of
the speakers opinion
4. when the speaker has finished, place your left hand
confidently on his/her/its right shoulder
5. slowly maneuver your right foot back and to your left
6. bring foot rapidly forward, aiming for genital area
of the speaker
7. as the speaker falls, writhing in pain, yell for a
coworker to call for an ambulance
8. bend down and whisper in the speakers' ear, "Don't
ever speak to me again".

See how simple it can be to talk politics in the office?

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

Discussing politics at work can be a bit dicey. I've found it's best to check political affiliations first in a casual sort of way. When confronted with an opinion that differs from yours, a few precautions always work for me:
1. smile, acknowledging the speaker
2. cock your head to one side, as to assure the
speaker that you are listening and interested
in what he/she/it is saying
3. nod occassionally, signifying acceptance of
the speakers opinion
4. when the speaker has finished, place your left hand
confidently on his/her/its right shoulder
5. slowly maneuver your right foot back and to your left
6. bring foot rapidly forward, aiming for genital area
of the speaker
7. as the speaker falls, writhing in pain, yell for a
coworker to call for an ambulance
8. bend down and whisper in the speakers' ear, "Don't
ever speak to me again".

See how simple it can be to talk politics in the office?

Errr...you think I should take advantage of my boss lying distracted on the floor to ask for a raise...?