Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Schreyer, Garneau defeated

Two candidates in yesterday's Canadian election who were of at least passing interest to ufologists (particularly those of the more serious type, as opposed to those who still see Paul Hellyer as a big deal) have been defeated.

Former Canadian Governor General and NDP candidate Ed Schreyer lost his race in the Manitoba riding of Selkirk - Interlake to the Tory incumbent James Bezan, 21,659 votes to 16,358 (the Liberal polled 4,431, and the Green Party candidate received 1,337 votes).

In Quebec, former astronaut Marc Garneau lost in the riding of Vaudreuil - Solanges to Meili Faille, the candidate for the separtist Bloc Quebecois, by a count of 27,012 to 17,768 (the Tory candidate, Stephane Bourgon, finished a respectable third, with 11,889 votes).

Full results for all ridings can be found here.

As for Canada, we now have a Conservative minority government (a smaller win than I had hoped for, but a win nonetheless), which, with the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister and Liberal leader Paul Martin, should hold for at least 18 months. My take on this and other political issues / development, for those who are interested, can be found at my blog Paulitics 101.

Paul Kimball

3 comments:

MKJessup said...

Congratulations and the very best of luck to all Canadians! My sincerest wishes that the euphoria of the moment will carry forward in sustained progress for everyone in your country.

I hope you can avoid some of the paralyzing acrimony that has marked politics down here in the States.

MKJ

Paul Kimball said...

MKJ:

Thanks.

Some Americans think that politics up here are a mirror of politics down there, but it's not. There's no question that the Conservatives are a center-right party, but they are more centrist than right. Most would probably be conservative Democrats (i.e. Joe Lieberman types) in the United States. Of course there's a fringe, just as there is in the Liberal Party and NDP of radical leftists, but that's all it is.

As I wrote at my Paulitics 101 blog, we are a "somewhat nation" (see: http://redstarfilms2.blogspot.com/2006/01/somewhat-nation-is-good-thing.html) - and that's a good thing. Further, when there has been divisiveness up here lately, it has been from fear-mongering Liberals, not the Tories, which just goes to show that no one side of the political spectrum has the monopoly on that kind of thing (remember the Clinton's warning of the "vast right-wing conspiracy"?).

Anyway, it's a good day for Canada. The future for all of us looks a little brighter this morning!

Best regards,

Paul

P.S. I do wish Garneau had won, however, especially as he lost to a separtist. Oh well...

The Manager said...

Most might indeed be conservative Democrats, like Lieberman. But just remember this: some members of the Conservative Party would be stalwart Republicans, along the lines of Bob Dole.

I think you can guess who I'm referring to here.