For those who are wondering what the Canadian election of a Conservative party minority government means...well..first of all, is this the first time you noticed Canada? Michael Moore notwithstanding, it's not such a big deal negatively as those on the left think, and not such a triumph of the Republicans as those struggling for an analogy of joy on the right want. Maple Revolution? Please. Is every election in over-a-hundred year old democracy called a revolution now? Can I start calling laundry day the Underwear Revolution too?
For those panicking on the left, be aware that the Conservatives have a minority government so will have to get some agreement with many from at least two other parties, including the left-of-the-Liberals NDP, to get anything done. So it's likely if he wants his government to avoid a non-confidence vote, Prime Minister elect Harper will not be passing any laws that are too wacky. That being said, they will be driving - so expect some fights on their platform. Harper has already said no to Canadian troops in Iraq, as one example that he is not simply Bush in a mountie uniform. My old home town voted Conservative - as they will do until the end of time, so that's one example that Canadians are not found of radical change. The long term government by the Liberals, since 1993, may have made enough people sick of them to try someone else for a while, if not without reservations leading to a minority government.
For those who think this is a revolution, it isn't so much. After Mulroney, many in the Progressive Conservative Party - now absorbed into the Conservative Party - left the PC's to join the Bloc. It's worth noting that if many in the Bloc were still in the Conservative party, they'd have a majority. But the Bloc and the Conservative party are somewhat diametrically opposed on many issues. It will be interesting to see how they work together.
I'll be interested to see if anyone - outside of Canadians - still has this level of interest after six months.