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Is this the end of liberal rule in Canada?

Canada has been a Liberal country for many years, except for the Progressive Conservative in the late 80's early 90's. Since 1993, when the Liberal Chrétien government came to power, there has been no other politcal party that could unseat the ruling party from power. However, shocking revelations have recently came to light that may explain how the Liberal's have monopolized their power in Canada. Last year when the 'sponsorship scandal' hit the news Canadians learned that the Liberal government funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Liberal friendly advertising firms under the guise that the program was used to promote 'unity' in Canada.

When a government rules for an extended time in a country it usually does so because its ideology is accepted by the mainstream voter population. But what if the government stays in power by fraudulently using tax payer’s money to gain a competitive advantage over opposition parties? It appears this is what the Liberal Party of Canada may have done.

This past week during the government inquiry, a key witness in the scandal testified under a publication ban and the testimony was considered so 'shocking' and 'explosive' that the era of Liberal rule may come to an end. As a result of last week’s testimony, emergency strategy meetings were held in Ottawa over the weekend by all of the respective parties. There is speculation that this testimony implicated the upper echelons of Liberal power and implicates past and present ministers. There is also speculation that money may have been funneled from tax payer accounts and criminally used to propagate the Liberal's grip on power by giving it a complete monopoly over the political system in Canada. During this inquiry, Justice Gomery has heard claims of mob ties, drug connections, and even death threats. However, these claims have largely been unsubstantiated.

Prime Minister Paul Martin called a government inquiry last year in order to 'get to the bottom' of this scandal while trying to give the impression that he was an outsider and wasn't involved with the scandal. Though, during the time the scandal occurred he was the Minister of Finance, (in Canada, often called the 2nd most powerful person in the government) and he claims that he had no idea that this was happening right under his nose. Opposition parties have claimed that he either had no idea what was going on, which would make him incompetent, or that he knew what was going; this would make him implicated.

Once the media ban is lifted from the testimony I will write more regarding this topic. But right now everything regarding last week's devastating testimony is based on pure speculation. When the publication ban is lifted, Canadians will learn just exactly what our government has been up too. Indeed we already know for a fact that the government is implicated in stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from Canadian tax payers, but from the muffled headlines, it seems even juicier details have been revealed in this testimony.

Last year, as a result of this scandal, the Liberals were reduced to a minority government in the federal election; consequently, their current stranglehold over power is very weak. In a minority government situation the opposition parties can 'gang' up on the ruling party in order to defeat it. As a result of last week's testimony, there are rumors circulating in Ottawa of a non-confidence bill being introduced into parliament where each party would vote whether they think the current government is incompetent. If they vote with non-confidence, then an election will be triggered immediately. Corruption, arrogance, and a self-serving attitude caused by too many years in power could explain why this scandal occurred. But it is safe to assume the monopolized liberal rule in Canada is near its end.
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4/03/2005 10:38:00 PM

Whos going to replace them the CPC? I dont think so, most Liberal voters will go to the ndp. Jack Layton is the exact opposite of Martin and as a bonus hes alot smarter. Its exciting to think that Canada may elect a progressive left wing party like the NDP. Smarter policies and you can garuntee no corruption with an NDP candidate because they arent in it for personal gain.    



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