Crawl Across the Ocean

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Embarassed to be Canadian

Sarah is at the climate change conference in Bali. I imagine if you pointed out to people in other countries that the Conservative party only represents a minority of Canadians, they would then just point out that not only are we obstructing progress on one of the world's most pressing issues, we have a really screwed up electoral system too.


  • we have a really screwed up electoral system too

    Sadly, we already know that.

    By Blogger Greg, at 5:07 PM  

  • I'll trade you.

    (This is MSS of Fruits & Votes, but for some reason I could not log in.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 PM  

  • It's not the fault of the electoral system alone -you're not counting Ken Dryden and all those senior Liberals who told Stephane Dion to think of three million(or whatever) Liberal faithful and not push anything to a point. They were allowing the Conservatives to represent them, and their three million or whatever, and so in total a majority of at least those Canadians who bother to vote.

    Best Wishes,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:52 PM  

  • Matthew - you'll trade electoral systems, stances on climate change, or countries? Let me guess, all of the above? I guess things could be worse (for me, anyway, although the planet would be better off if it was Canada which was the biggest problem, not the U.S.)

    Alan - fair point, but the electoral system is not helping, that's for sure.

    Tangentially, I think that once Chretien was gone and Martin took over and allowed Dion to be Minister of Environment (which Chretien always blocked), they were starting to make progress. But Dion wasn't really in charge for very long.

    By Blogger Declan, at 6:02 PM  

  • I meant electoral systems, but as long as I seem to have you in trading mode, let's just say "all of the above."

    By Anonymous MSS, at 3:40 PM  

  • I must say it is beyond my understanding what the hell the Conservatives are doing. Climate change is, finally, a hugely important issue.

    By Anonymous Arwen, at 10:00 PM  

  • The biggest problem is that liberals (small-l) in the U.S. tend to look North for their examples - and president George wouldn't be happy if Canada was setting one.

    And Plastic Man doesn't want to annoy his best buddy.

    But I really, really wish we actually were good with out environment! We're actually one of the worst polluters in the world per capita: we can get away with tossing out trash "outside" because there's so damn much of it, and so few of us.

    Other than that, we pretty much suck, despite the image.

    By Blogger Thursday, at 10:49 PM  

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