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.

Beltway ConfidentialConservativesUnited StatesUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott leaves the scene of an officer-involved shooting at Brannan Street and Jack London Alley in the South Park area on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chief Scott issues rare apology to man shot by SF police

Officer says he ‘did not intend for his firearm to go off’

Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Better than expected tax revenues leave city with $157.3M surplus for this year

As the fiscal year nears an end and Mayor London Breed prepares… Continue reading

Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART bumps up service restoration to August 30, offers fare discounts

Rail agency breaks pandemic ridership records, prepares to welcome more passengers

Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa hold a photo of their brother Sean Monterrosa, who was killed by a Vallejo police officer early Tuesday morning, as they are comforted at a memorial rally at the 24th Street Mission BART plaza on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
State Department of Justice to investigate Sean Monterrosa shooting by Vallejo police

Attorney General Rob Bonta steps in after Solano County DA declines case

Gov. Gavin Newsom, show here speaking at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April, faces a recall election due to anger on the right over his handling of the pandemic, among other issues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Why Gavin Newsom’s popularity could work against him in the recall election

Top pollster: ‘We’re not seeing the Democrats engaged in this election. And that may be a problem…’

Most Read