National Political Scene - Year in Review - What are your predictions for 2007?
2006 has certainly been a tumultuous year in Canadian politics. A year ago this week we were in the midst of a federal election campaign and the RCMP announced a criminal investigation in the advertising scandal. This, combined with voter fatigue with the Liberals, a weak Liberal campaign and a well-run Conservative campaign led to a Harper minority government.
The new Conservative government went on to appoint a former Liberal member of parliament to cabinet (Emerson) and a new Senator to cabinet (Fortier). The five priorities were launched (accountability in government, cutting the GST, fighting crime, the childcare program and the healthcare guarantee). To date the government has delivered on its five priorities except the healthcare guarantee.
Foreign policy has played a greater role in the national dialogue (the Afghanistan mission and Israeli-Palestinian relations, Canada-US relations).
Paul Martin has resigned and the Liberals have elected a new leader (Stephane Dion). The Green Party has elected Elizabeth May as their new leader.
All this adds up to a volatile political environment where it’s too early to see if any party can make a breakthrough. In the short term, minority governments are on the horizon if we are looking at a campaign in 2007. Like many elections, my sense is that it won’t be who wins the election but who makes the most/biggest mistakes.
So – how would you rate our ‘new’ Conservative government?
What are your political predictions for 2007?
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