Here we go again
I've just heard the news that Canada's Liberal Government has fallen and we'll be going to the polls in January. This was not unexpected, of course, especially after Bono denounced Paul Martin's lack of action on increasing foreign aid before U2's Ottawa concert this weekend (the kiss of death from the world's biggest Rock star).
Seriously though... Last Friday I woke up with the feeling deep in my gut that the Liberals' days are done. As a calvinist I don't often get "gut feelings" so I tend to pay attention to them. However, I do have mixed feelings about that, well, particular feeling. The two-and-fro history of Canadian elections invariably means that when Canadians get tired of Liberal governments, they vote in a Conservative one. However, the ineptitude of the present Conservative party will probably mean that the tories will get in on a minority ticket. As a political pluralist, I hope that this could mean a renaissance for smaller parties (such as the Greens); as a social democrat, I hope that this could mean a bigger slice of the political pie for the NDP. As a Canadian, I hope this whole exercise could mark a change in the negative politics of the past elections, though so far the signs are not hopeful. Already the knives are out as Martin has accused the Conservatives of kowtowing to the Americans and the Quebec separatists. "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
Anyway, the point of this post is to point Canadians to the excellent work of Citizens for Public Justice around election time. CPJ is a Christian policy and education organization that consistently works to place the interests of the weak of society on the public agenda. Their election guides are comprehensive tools for thinking and acting Christianly in making that "X", but also in raising issues during the public debates that go along with election campaigns. I encourage y'all to visit them often.