Wow, JAMG.....you really ARE on a tangent compared to the rest of the world. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Firstly....the Canadian voters dumped the Mulroney PC's because there had been so much bad press about the profound changes that they'd made.
Specifically, the GST (which everybody hated) and the Free Trade Agreement (which the left hated). Jean Chretien was swept to power on the solemn promise to "Tear up the Free Trade Agreement" and "Cancel the GST".
He did neither. In fact, he strengthened and added to both programs. By the time the next election rolled around, the right was seriously divided and the Liberals won because there was no other real choice.
The Canadian voters NEVER voted to get rid of the right. They voted to dump a political party that they were seriously mad at.
Same situation today...except it's the Liberals that will feel the winds of change blowing them out of power and into oblivion.
While smilin Jack Layton floats by like a big happy face balloon...a whole bunch of emptiness surrounded by a pleasing elastic shell. [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/lmao.gif[/img]
Most Canadians, like most people EVERYWHERE on the planet, have tried out socialism and found it to be unworkable and terribly expensive. Huge debts are always left in the wake whenever any region dumps their version of the NDP. This is historical fact.
If, for some strange reason the planets align and the NDP does manage to hold the balance of power in a minority Liberal Government, then a new election won't be very far off. The whole rotten mess will collapse like a house of cards in less than a year...hopefully before they've managed to do some really serious damage to the economy.
This should be an interesting election. The first truly interesting one in many many years. The end results might surprise a lot of people.