The only hope for the West

Anyone hoping for major federal change in the January 23 election probably felt disappointed.

The Conservatives should have swept the country.

Instead they half-won. By gaining 25 seats they eked out a paper-thin minority government.

From 30% in 2004, the Conservative vote edged up to 37%. From slightly under one-third of Canadians to slightly over.

This despite the ongoing scandals of the Martin Liberals, their unproductive minority government, their hysterical, ugly and inept campaign, a flawless Conservative national campaign, and endorsements of the Conservative Party from almost every major newspaper in the country.

It’s time to face the possibility that two generations of abysmally bad government have permanently addicted eastern Canada to federal subsidies, patronage, social engineering, and unnecessary transfers from the West.

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