I watched the US elections and I was thrilled that the Republicans took back the House. Obama and the Democrats had free reign for two years and pushed through many distasteful policies. This will now be slowed, and Obama will have to co-operate or answer to the electorate in two years. This is a US version of our minority government. Republicans now own the House and committees while Obama has the veto and Democrats own the Senate. It could be gridlock.
Our minority Conservative government is still rolling along nicely here in Canada. PM Harper is perceived as the best leader, while the party itself languishes at 37%, the same numbers as last election. Nothing here has captured the imaginations of Canadians like the Tea Party has in the US. I don't think Canadians need that kind of movement, but we do need some excitement in our politics. Five years of incompetent opposition and media yelling from the rooftops that the Conservatives are scary and have a "hidden" agenda is frankly, yawn provoking.
I want a reason to get excited about politics again. I want something to fire my Conservative roots. I'm a political junkie looking for a fix! I'm getting mushy policies and obviously politically motivated decisions like the Sask Potash no-go. I'm not hearing about how the Conservatives are going to shut down the Canadian Wheat Board anymore. I'm not hearing about dramatic changes to the Young Offenders Act, and I am certainly not hearing anything about the Human Rights Commissions being shut down. Basically, I'm not hearing anything Conservative out of the Conservatives anymore. They have become the "hidden" party. They are so busy hiding from anything controversial that they have all but disappeared. They need to find their backbone, and give some of us Conservatives something to get excited about, because right now, I'm hitting the snooze button everyday.