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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Conservative wins in Canada

Recent news items have shown that most Americans didn't even know that Canadian elections were coming up. Now they're over, and a conservative (Stephen Harper) is to be the new PM.

Relations with the Bush administration will likely improve under Harper as his ideology runs along the same lines of many U.S. Republicans.

Harper has said he would reconsider a U.S. missile defense scheme rejected by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also said he wanted to move beyond the Kyoto debate by establishing different environmental controls, spend more on the Canadian military, expand its peacekeeping missions and tighten security along the U.S. border to prevent terrorists and guns from crossing.
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The Conservative victory ended more than a decade of Liberal Party rule and could shift the traditionally liberal country to the right on socio-economic issues such as health care, taxation, abortion and gay marriage. Some Canadians have expressed reservations about Harper's views opposing abortion and marriages between gays and lesbians.

So, will we have a new agreement between Canada and the US called the North American Free Spying Agreement (NAFSA)?

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