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Has Canada Undergone a Big Shift to the Right?
Americas Quarterly ^ | April 9, 2013 | John Parisella

Posted on 04/13/2013 12:52:36 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

It is often stated as conventional wisdom that the United States is a right-of-center country and Canada, with its state-supported healthcare system and greater state-run operations, is left-of-center. In real life, it is far more complex—as we saw when U.S. President Barack Obama handily won reelection last November while the right-wing Conservative Party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won the last three general elections in Canada.

Occasionally, a book surfaces about a new political paradigm, leading many to question existing conventional wisdom. One such book has just hit the newsstands in Canada. It is called The Big Shift, co-authored by the CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, Darrell Bricker, and the respected Globe and Mail newspaper columnist John Ibbitson. I happen to personally know both authors and can attest to their impeccable professional credentials. Their book covers new ground, challenges existing conventions and offers a highly provocative treatise about the new politics in Canada.

The book’s basic thesis deals with an emerging new coalition of voters—anchored in resource-rich western Canada and in suburban Toronto—who share more conservative values and views about the role of government, the economy and law and order. Using recent census data, they point to a fluid demography where many new immigrants are arriving in Ontario and western Canada from East Asia and South Asia. Ibbitson and Bricker speak of an immigration inflow that is equivalent to the size of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, every ten years. The result is a new, more Pacific-oriented Canada that is more polarized along the conservative-progressive divide than ever in its recent history.

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1 posted on 04/13/2013 12:52:36 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 04/13/2013 12:53:05 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Has Canada Undergone a Big Shift to the Right?

Yes, and thank G*d it has!

3 posted on 04/13/2013 12:58:20 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Squawk 8888

From where I sit it has.


4 posted on 04/13/2013 12:59:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Squawk 8888

As a bitter clinger to my Canadian citizenship, I’d like to know there’s an alternative to Obamaville. The article doesn’t provide much solid evidence.


5 posted on 04/13/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Canada moved right, and we are ruled by a Marxist Muzzie.


6 posted on 04/13/2013 1:00:04 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Squawk 8888

No. We’re a bit schizophrenic. On social issues such as homosexuality and abortion, the younger generation is shifting to the left. On economic issues there has been a move to what I view as simple common sense; i.e. that you cannot spend more than you bring in. The move to a balanced budget happened under the previous Liberal Party administration (although they relied too much on tax increases) and continued under the current Conservative Party. But it is still a form of soft socialism. Even the pseudo-conservatives stupidly engaged in “stimulus” spending after 2008 and the federal books have been in deficit every year since, although on a per capita basis the Canadian annual deficit (and the accumulated debt) is much, much smaller than the US deficit and debt. There has also been a bit of a shift toward a more law and order philosophy. The majority of Canadians still support parties that call for more social liberalization and more spending, but our proliferation of political parties has permitted the Conservative Party to remain in power for 7 years with much less than 50% of the vote. Our provincial governments are still in much worse fiscal condition than the federal government, as most of them have serious deficits.


7 posted on 04/13/2013 1:01:45 PM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Ironic, ain’t it?


8 posted on 04/13/2013 1:03:06 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My older bro moved to Toronto 30 years Ago. He got the last laugh : )


9 posted on 04/13/2013 1:05:13 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I think it has, too.

One of my daughters and her family are now living in Calgary, and they love it!


10 posted on 04/13/2013 1:06:06 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Squawk 8888

Canada’s immigration policy focuses on allowing only those with the required skills to become Canadians.

The US allows any criminal willing to cross the border to become citizens of this once great country, and collect welfare benefits for the rest of their lives.

They only need to vote for their democratic representatives periodically to keep their sweet gig.


11 posted on 04/13/2013 1:08:55 PM PDT by caltaxed
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To: caltaxed

” Canada’s immigration policy focuses on allowing only those with the required skills to become Canadians.

The US allows any criminal willing to cross the border to become citizens of this once great country, and collect welfare benefits for the rest of their lives.”

Good job.


12 posted on 04/13/2013 1:10:54 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Even Toronto is shifting; two years ago we elected a mayor who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility.


13 posted on 04/13/2013 1:10:58 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
The result is a new, more Pacific-oriented Canada that is more polarized along the conservative-progressive divide than ever in its recent history.

"More polarized" means the "progressives" don't always automatically win everything.

14 posted on 04/13/2013 1:12:11 PM PDT by x
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To: Former Proud Canadian

You must remember that Canada has voter integrity. We don’t.


15 posted on 04/13/2013 1:15:34 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: NotTallTex; Former Proud Canadian

Very true. On a couple of occasions I worked as a scrutineer for a candidate and the process is both civilized and transparent. I have never had any reason to suspect that a count was not honest.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 1:31:03 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: NotTallTex
I've voted in many elections in Canada and worked as a poll watcher.

The elections are clean here and there is what you call "voter integrity" You must be on the voter roll and you must show photo ID to vote. When you vote, your name (with your address) is crossed off the list. Simple paper ballot, no machines, no judicial orders to keep the polls open until the vote can be cooked. Poll watchers from all parties are present in polling places. The paper ballots are numbered sequentially and they better match the number of voters crossed off the list when they are counted. It's not that hard.

The problem in the US is that not everybody wants a clean election, too hard to elect democrats that way.

17 posted on 04/13/2013 1:31:03 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Moving to the right is a natural consequence from the failure of the left. It is no secret the white middle class has stampeded away from leftist policies, you see it in voting patterns and in housing, education, etc. choices. The lowlife stays with the left (and the left desperately tried to attract more lowlife) because they’re the ones too stupid and selfish to see how they’re being used and abused.


18 posted on 04/13/2013 1:33:42 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: caltaxed
Canada has only one land border. Fortunately, our neighbor is a first world democracy which, until recently, offered more economic opportunities than Canada. Therefore there is no incentive for mass illegal entry from the US to Canada. An extradition treaty that is vigorously enforced makes it unprofitable for criminals to hide here. It is also harder for them to hide here than in the US.

This makes immigration policy somewhat easier to enforce.

19 posted on 04/13/2013 1:35:04 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My experience was before photo ID and mobile phones. Every poll had a Bible so that a voter not on the list could take an oath, and the only time there was any acrimony between the poll watchers was during the race to the only phone to report the results to campaign HQ- first to the phone had to buy a round for the rest of us.


20 posted on 04/13/2013 1:35:40 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

As a Yank who has lived most of the last two decades in Ontario, I think that Canada has moved somewhat to the right fiscally and somewhat to the left socially while the rest of the world has stampeded left. I do appreciate Canadian electoral integrity, though the absolute power of party leaders over candidates nauseates me.


21 posted on 04/13/2013 1:36:14 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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22 posted on 04/13/2013 1:42:11 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: NotTallTex

The demographic and immigration mix is quite different than the US. The Asian (primarily Chinese and Korean) immigrants are certainly more resourceful on average than Mexican immigrants. We also do not have the legacy of a large urban black underclass that has strangled your major cities. On the negative side, we still let in far too many illiterate third world immigrants who are susceptible to politicians promising goodies, and we have far too many muslim immigrants from the middle east who are fertile ground for jihad.


23 posted on 04/13/2013 2:07:45 PM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: Squawk 8888

Canada hasn’t really moved to the right. The Conservative party in Canada is still generally more liberal than the Democrats here. It hasn’t really changed political course too much in the recent past.

It is true that under 0bama, we have moved far more to the left.


24 posted on 04/13/2013 2:09:28 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Squawk 8888

When are Canadians going to get their right to arm themselves with rifles and handguns without registration back again???


25 posted on 04/13/2013 2:13:37 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog

The long-gun registry was abolished a couple of years ago. Handguns are still restricted, though.


26 posted on 04/13/2013 2:22:15 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I expect Canada to close their border with the USA once the Canadian government realizes that Americans have collectively lost their minds, (i.e. electing Obama twice, homosexuals marrying, trillions in debt, mass murders, millions of illegals, confusion about how to act in the world, etc.)


27 posted on 04/13/2013 2:37:36 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: littleharbour

Give the US a few years of full fledged Obamacare, and we might well see Canada abandon its NHS..


28 posted on 04/14/2013 4:07:33 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: littleharbour
Thanks for the detailed information. This makes sense. At least you're better off than us.

I've read that American immigrants from Asia tend to be liberal. That surprised me. The article claims that the immigrants to Canada tend to be conservative. Do you know anything about this? Where are the Canadian Asians coming from?

29 posted on 04/14/2013 4:17:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: basil
One of my daughters and her family are now living in Calgary, and they love it!

What do they think of the national health? Have they had any major medical issues?

30 posted on 04/14/2013 4:18:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

No medical problems so far. They been there about 6 months, I’m estimating. They have an 8 year old and 7 yr old twins. I doubt if any of them have even seen a doctor since they got there.

This was a transfer husband works for Conoco Phillips—and they may even have their own doctors................


31 posted on 04/14/2013 5:22:46 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The Canadian immigrants from Asia are primarily from India, Pakistan, China and Korea. They are all from traditional cultures and tend to be more conservative on family issues and the economy. They are more entrepreneurial than other immigrant groups and multi-generational Canadians, so they are sensitive to government regulation and tax policy. The Conservative Party had to break through several decades of Liberal Party control over the immigrant vote, as the Liberals had portrayed themselves as the party of the immigrant and the Conservatives as anti-immigrant. The CPC did this by promoting skilled immigration, while attacking illegal immigration, by promoting issues that resonated with these communities, and by recruiting candidates in areas with large immigrant populations. It didn’t happen overnight, but the last federal election showed significant numbers of ethnic voters moving to the Conservative Party. The Republicans could do the same, but they have to do a much better job of reaching out to those immigrant communities that are naturally conservative and making it clear that they are welcome, while continuing to take a principled stand against illegal immigration. Much more difficult to do than in Canada, because Canada doesn’t have a single ethnic group such as Mexicans, with such an overwhelming influence on elections and an insatiable appetite for government programs.


32 posted on 04/15/2013 5:52:34 AM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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