Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Vive La Revolucion!

Paul Martin's corrupt cabal has been taken down!

A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the holidays.

Canada's three opposition parties, which control a majority in Parliament, voted against Martin's government, claiming his Liberal Party no longer has the moral authority to lead the nation.

The loss means an election for all 308 seats in the House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet would continue to govern until then.

Opposition leaders last week called for the no-confidence vote after Martin rejected their demands to dissolve Parliament in January and hold early elections in February. Monday's vote follows a flurry of spending announcements in Ottawa last week, with the government trying to advance its agenda ahead of its demise.

The liberals had a complete dominance over Canadian government for a long time, and though they still have a plurality in polls, it looks like their monopoly over Canadian politics is over. Likely there will be an odd sort of coalition government to arise out of this that will be centrist in nature by incorporating the conservatives (which are not so conservative in Canada) and another group.