Monday, May 16, 2005

Canada Watch: government confidence vote this week

The scandal dogging Paul Martin's government has finally forced him to schedule a confidence vote this week. Canada has been shifting rightward ever since September 11th even under Liberal administration. It will be interesting to see how things turn out with the confidence vote.

University of Toronto political scientist Nelson Wiseman says that the atmosphere during recent months may indicate that the Canadian political landscape is shifting from a traditional two-party system toward a European model of coalition government. If an election were held today, Mr. Wiseman predicts that the Conservatives would narrowly beat the Liberals, replacing them with another minority government.

In that case, Stephen Harper would become the next prime minister. Mr. Harper has pushed for leaner government, a more competitive economy and better relations with the United States, partially by [building] up Canada's beleaguered military. |Link|

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