Neil Reynolds, in the Globe and Mail, says the political centre in Canada has been drifting to the right for almost 30 years – since the last Lib eral government (1984) of Pierre Trudeau whose excesses, writes Reynolds, pushed the country toward conservatism. Every federal government since has governed to the right – with the single exception of Paul Martin (who had done so much for the country as finance minister.) Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney (free trade with the U.S.) , Liberal Jean Chretien (fiscal restraint) and Conservative Stephen Harper (tax cuts). All remained firmly centred even as the country itself rotated slowly to the right.
During this election Harper increased the conservative vote 623.332 votes to a total of 5.8 million.
Is Canada moving to the right?
What do you think?
Harper will almost certainly be in power for two more terms.