stix wrote:What's Canada's conservative party like? I hope your conservatives up there are not like the ones in the US.
North America isn't big enough for any more people who are aligned with the bush crowd.
Your definition of conservative is completely flawed.
I'm honestly pretty sick of everyone who stereotypes conservatives as "Bush-ites" or "fundies". I consider myself conservative. I honestly don't consider Bush a conservative at all (nor do I consider him a liberal), I consider him a new Republican, whose definition I'm still struggling to find. Heck, in this day and age, Republicans and Democrats don't seem all that far apart: the issues they argue on seem to be argued more for the sake of argument and power brokering. They see eye to eye plenty well on pork, needless laws designed to replace an average citizen's need to be a responsible individual, and concern more for personal power (aligned with the desires of corporations) over the needs of the voters that put them in office.
Republicans used to believe in a less powerful federal government, and that many issues could be decided by state law. This is no longer the case. Republicans used to be more free-market. This is obviously no longer the case (look at airline bailouts, oil subsidies, tax breaks, etc). I still believe in these things, along with a strict interpretation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republicans once did --but now many only say they do.
I'm conservative --and yet, I'm not Republican. And overall I'm tired of many of the ways Bush has run this country (for environmental issues, erosion of personal privacy. lack of concern for voters compared to concern for corporations). But what I'm even more tired of are the ignorant statements that stereotype what "conservative" and "liberal" mean, just parroting things people have heard from others, rather than finding out what they REALLY mean. That's what gets us into a mess in the first place. Do some research, figure out what a conservative really is, and a liberal really is, or better yet, throw the two terms away, and find out what conservative and liberal THINKING really is, and get back to me.
And then remember, today's "liberal" thinking will be conservative --in another twenty years.
P.S. Dolph, I don't know a lot about Canadian government (a friend who is a dual citizen and got married and moved up there a decade ago once tried to explain but says even HE gets confused by it sometimes, and he's an intelligent guy), but the little I do know says this should be a good thing. Good luck to your new government.