More non-boring analysis of the Canadian election 

Here’s a good analysis of the results of Canada’s May 2 election, about which I wrote in my Sunday Examiner column, by John Ibbotsford in the Toronto Globe & Mail. Ibbotsford’s major and very interesting point is that Conservative party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper forged an alliance of Ontario with western Canada, in contrast to the alliances of previous Liberal parties of Ontario and Quebec. This new alliance, Ibbotsford writes, means that Canada will increasingly be looking west to Asia rather than east to Europe (or, I might add, south to the United States). In fact, former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson does add that, in the beginning of an article in the Canadian magazine Embassy on the effect of the Canadian election on Canada-U.S. relations. “Apart from a couple of tropes about the ‘Americanization’ of our gun registration in the French language debate and Ralph Nader’s warnings about ‘deep integration,’ one of the most remarkable features of this campaign was the absence of any reference to Canada-US relations and February’s Washington Declaration.” I take this not as unfriendly indifference, but as a sign of maturity in Canadian politics. Canadian parties and their leaders seem to be addressing issues head on rather than succumbing to the temptation of blaming them on their big bad neighbor to the south.

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