Warning–flagrantly liberal, heavily biased, anti-Bush sentiments expressed below. Not to mention anit-Harper ones.
Unbelievably, Stephen Harper, leader of Canada's Conservative party and widely satirized as a virtual clone of Dubbya, appears to have been returned to power in the Canadian election Tuesday. (Yes, I know it was predicted, but that doesn't make it believable.)
The clone idea has at least given rise to some fine humor. While driving in Newfoundland a month ago, I turned on the radio and heard something pretty close to the following. It'll make more sense to U.S. readers if they know that Canadian Thanksgiving occurs the second Monday in October.
Interviewer: Of course, the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving near the end of November. Mr. Harper, can you tell us when Canadian Thanksgiving is?
“Harper”: Canada has its own Thanksgiving?
Oh, I did laugh.
Since it's a parliamentary system, the win means that more Conservatives running for parliament won seats than did members of any other single party. The leader of the winning party becomes Prime Minister.
I guess we can take heart that Harper didn't win a pure majority, so he didn't get the mandate that would let him just turn Canada into the 51st state.
What Jodi of bloomingwriter will do now is anybody's guess. Her fine horse LeggomyEggo, blogging on her behalf, informed us about a month ago that "she's thinkin', … , if the Harperites get in here, and McCain gets in down in our beloved neighbour's country…she might have to head for Australia. Or Finland." She's probably packing, just in case. I doubt she'll be alone. If McCain wins here, Finland's gonna have a population boom…. So what I want to know is, Can I take my garden?
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The picture is of a pitcher plant–the upper, non-insect-eating part–in grass, on the west coast on Newfoundland, in Gros Morne Park.