Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Trouble in Canada

Canadians have voted to thow out their government:
TORONTO (AP) - Canadian politicians will hit the campaign trail this holiday season after opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down the minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin in a vote of no confidence.

Monday's loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet will continue to govern until then.

The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority. Recent polls have given the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, with the New Democrats in third place.
The Democratic system is at work indeed. I wonder if this news makes any of the cronies in Congress nervous? Perhaps the GOP Senators specifically should be alarmed by the story. They haven't exactly been making headway with the Republican base lately (remember: collapsing on ANWR drilling, rebuking the President for his Iraq strategy, not confirming conservative judges).

Another note on Canada: it appears as though Captain Ed's blogging work deserves some credit in the overthrow of Martin's government. Here's Captain Ed on the collapse of the Canadian liberals.