Right here, we can be like the Boston newspapers, hanging out the local angle like its critical. Well, there have been bozos and bozoettes here saying in effect, "Boy, oh, boy, just wait until that Harper fellow takes over in Canada. He'll overturn gay marriage. Then they'll do the same in Massachusetts and those other countries! Just wait."
Well, you can wait a long old time for those to happen. But if you are a reactionary, sit in your corner with your Christmas pie.
It is true that Stephen Harper played the anti-SSM card early in the election campaign. Then he backed off and let a few of his more vocal Tory candidates do that for him. He stayed away from SSM and abortion issues, which would have cost him votes in the socially liberal nation. He used those issues, as the conservative Conservatives knew that he personally was against SSM and abortion. So he got a lot of their votes.
Back to this planet, we find that:
- Liberals in Canada aren't that liberal. They are left, but in the style of Oregon or Washington Democrats.
- Out of 308 House of Common seats, the Tories have 124.
- The Liberals have 103, Block Québécois (BQ) 51 and New Democrats (NDP) 29.
- Of the popular vote, Tories got 36%, Liberals 30%, NDP 17% and BQ 10%.
He'd be an ass to try to touch abortion or SSM. Meanwhile, he has a tankard full of promises to fulfill. He can work on:
- A new, huge, government financed child-care for all under six.
- Middle-class and senior tax rollbacks.
- A handgun ban (the holiday murder of a teen girl in Toronto was a big boost for Tories).
- Lower sales taxes.
- Mandatory prison for drug dealers.
- The economy, the economy, the economy.
As for social issues, as the Washington Post put it, Tories "have in the past championed such positions as outlawing abortion and banning gay marriage, views that polls show are inconsistent with the more tolerant tilt of Canadians." So, Harper gets to play the moralist but not panic the freedom-loving majority.
Harper would have to attack and gut the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to go after same-sex marriage. He's not going to try. In fact even before the election, he set up his excuse, saying that there are too many liberal judges and civil servants to let his do what he wants.
He gets it both ways. Would you buy a used Canada from this man?