Canadian voters ousted their conservative prime minister on Monday and put in a Liberal. The election wasn’t even close.
The victor is 43-year-old Justin Trudeau, son of popular Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and the loser was Stephen Harper — the guy John Oliver ran a brief but furious campaign against Sunday night — who was in office since 2006.
Harper pushed the typical conservative agenda: cutting taxes, shrinking government, toughening security, etc. Trudeau, who has worked as a snowboard instructor, high school teacher and nightclub bouncer, is the second youngest person to ever hold the post.
Canadians don’t directly vote for prime minister. Instead, they vote for hundreds of members of parliament, each of whom represent a party. The leader of the party with the most MPs gets the seat.
But anyway, the Liberal party romped in Canada. They jumped from 36 seats to 184, good for almost 40 percent and the majority. Conservative seats dropped from 159 to 99. And then there was a third party that no one cares about.
In a fun side note, one Conservative who twice ran for parliament and lost was caught pissing in a mug on camera in a home that he was supposed to be doing work in.
Canadians deserve to be applauded for recognizing a need and then acting on it. They tried out a Conservative, weren’t happy, and then went in the complete opposite direction. And this is coming from a country that doesn’t even have fixed term limits.
It shows that just because people tend to vote one way out of principle, it doesn’t mean they have to keep doing it.
If you don’t like what you’re hearing from the Republican side on the debate — then don’t freaking vote for them. It’s that simple. Learn from Canada.
Remember the South park song? Blame Canada? Well, let’s think the opposite. Let’s commend Canada!
Actually, it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. And it’s too good of a song to change.
But Trudeau actually cares about the environment and plans to legalize marijuana, which could have an enormous impact on not only the United States government’s actions on the drug, but the entire world’s.
America — elections are not black and white. You don’t have to preemptively choose a side. Just pick the candidate who is actually sane, and who has ideas and policies that actually make sense.
Because do we really want to say that Canadians are smarter than us?
I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I’m all aboot.