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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Liberal Party of Canada

In the wake of the Liberal Party of Canada's extremely pleasing electoral victory, here is Wikipedia's description of the party, with some citations and punctuation removed:
The party dominated federal politics for much of Canada's history, holding power for almost 69 years in the 20th century—more than any other party in a developed country—which resulted in its being sometimes referred to as Canada's "natural governing party". Among the party's signature policies and legislative decisions include universal health care, the Canada Pension Plan, Canada Student Loans, peacekeeping, multilateralism, official bilingualism, official multiculturalism, patriating the Canadian constitution and the entrenchment of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Clarity Act, restoring balanced budgets in the 1990s, and making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

In other words, in many ways the party is Canada.  It is responsible for the policies that make Canada so Canadian.  It's like Gladstone and Victorian Britain, except it is even more dominant.  (It also makes me happy to see an old-fashioned Liberal Party in power somewhere.  The modern descendant of Gladstone's Liberal Party is the Liberal Democrats, a hapless party with no real prospect of ever governing.)

I have a lot of admiration for the leftist parties of the 19th century.  In a lot of cases they were remarkably modern and humane.  I believe the German Social Democrats were the ones who first referred to anti-Semitism as the "socialism of fools."

Of course it wouldn't be healthy for the Liberals to run Canada 100% of the time, but it still feels really good to see Canada back in the Liberals' hands.


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