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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CULTIST CONSERVATISM WON'T CARRY IN CANADA

After a tight election, Canada moves forward toward a minority government after an election that was only decisive in one way. Just shy of 65% of Canadian voters rejected conservative platforms.  With the exception of the anti-immigration stance of the Bloc Quebecois, the traditional drumbeat of conservative talking points was turned down.

The obvious exception to the generality is the oil-producing provinces in the west. The economic reality of oil jobs and revenue and their unwavering support of it, sways the vote to the conservative based parties very reliably, but it's on the basis of long term promises they can't possibly keep. There is a small conservative religious base in Canada, but it doesn't have near the power of the Evangelical presence in the United States. Canada is, by and large, a socially progressive country with a tolerant ideology. Canadians are far less likely to look south of the border and think  "I want that...", than used to be the case. 
The circus in the White House and failure of conservative politicians to uphold the law and live out the religious platitudes they preach does not go unnoticed by the majority of Canadians.

If Conservatives want to be more than the Bloc Quebecois of the Prairies they are going to have to move, kicking and screaming if necessary, toward a more realistic and factual platform, and mean it. The blind rejection of science, the coddling of religious extremism and business leaders that works so well in the United States does not play as well in Canada's generally more pluralistic and literate society. If conservatism can't evolve with a changing climate, it faces extinction.

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