First Socialist government elected in [edit] NOVA SCOTIA Canada...big whoops, who cares?

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    Jun 09, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nsvotes2009/story/2009/06/09/nsvotes-main.html
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    Your thread title is not quite accurate---it's true the NDP can best be described as Socialist in their political ideology, but it's only the first time they've formed the provincial government in Nova Scotia.

    Other provinces have had NDP governments in the past, including Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba (where it is currently in power), and most prolifically Saskatchewan, which is where the party originated.

    Originally called the CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation), it was headed in Saskatchewan by Tommy Douglas, who a few years ago won a nationwide poll to be named The Greatest Canadian of all time. He is also the grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland. The CCF joined with another party called the Canadian Labour Congress in 1961 to form the New Democratic Party.
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:46 AM GMT
    Thank you for correcting that. I heard it was the first time in Canada. I should have known Canada had a long history of socialist gov'ts. ... icon_lol.gif

    I have edited the title.
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    Jack Layton and his moustache made socialdemocracy (far from socialism) sexy

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    Jun 10, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    It would only be BIG news if the NDP formed the federal government.. which I don't see happening anytime soon.
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    Jun 10, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidIt would only be BIG news if the NDP formed the federal government.. which I don't see happening anytime soon.


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    Jun 10, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    First time east of Ontario would be correct though. That would be like a state in New England electing some communists to run the place, to put things in a USA perspective.
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    Jun 10, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    And what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Vietnam, or North Korea, matters to the people living in South Vietnam or South Korea. You might be big, but we're still on top :-)
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    cdncuteboy said Originally called the CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation), it was headed in Saskatchewan by Tommy Douglas, who a few years ago won a nationwide poll to be named The Greatest Canadian of all time. He is also the grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland. The CCF joined with another party called the Canadian Labour Congress in 1961 to form the New Democratic Party.



    Thomas Clement Douglas - my profile namesake - is widely credited in Canada as being one of the founders of our medicare system. His CCF government, first elected in Saskatchewan in 1944 established the first Human Rights Commission in Canada among many other firsts. The CCF which morphed into the NDP has held government in Saskatchewan most of the years - with brief stints as opposition - since 1944.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidAnd what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Vietnam, or North Korea, matters to the people living in South Vietnam or South Korea. You might be big, but we're still on top :-)

    Nah, we just think it's all cute.
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    Jun 10, 2009 8:58 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidAnd what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Vietnam, or North Korea, matters to the people living in South Vietnam or South Korea. You might be big, but we're still on top :-)


    We are bigger AND on top!
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    Jun 10, 2009 9:29 AM GMT
    congratulations to Nova Scotia
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    Jun 10, 2009 10:12 AM GMT
    marsupial saidJack Layton and his moustache made socialdemocracy (far from socialism) sexy

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    Jack Layton is creepy ... I had the misfortune of meeting him at an event once, when he shakes your hand - he looks deep into your eyes, and doesn't let go. He kind of reminded me of Satan trying to suck your soul out... icon_twisted.gif


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    Jun 10, 2009 10:20 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidFirst time east of Ontario would be correct though. That would be like a state in New England electing some communists to run the place, to put things in a USA perspective.


    There is one New England state that currently sends a socialist to the US Senate. Any guess which one?
    Hint: When he was mayor of its largest city, it was often referred to as "The People's Republic of Burlington".
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    Jun 10, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    That state is Vermont, obviouslyicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 10, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    As for the statement that what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Korea matters in South Korea. That is not necessarily true. Most Americans really don't care about what happens in Canada because it is a stable, prosperous country. Where in South Korea the situation there is a prosperous, stable country dealing with a severely impoverished, brutal dictatorship that is not very stable which is a cause of major anxiety in the Republic of Korea(South Korea). You are basically comparing apples to oranges on this one.
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    Jun 10, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 said
    barriehomeboy saidAnd what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Vietnam, or North Korea, matters to the people living in South Vietnam or South Korea. You might be big, but we're still on top :-)

    Nah, we just think it's all cute.


    except if we just stop buying your products and services (u know we are the number one consumer of them worldwide, right?), you'd be oh so on the sub bottom side pronto. versatility rules, ie mutual respect.
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    Jun 10, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    carabin said
    Caslon11000 said
    barriehomeboy saidAnd what happens in Canada matters to the USA in the same way that what happens in North Vietnam, or North Korea, matters to the people living in South Vietnam or South Korea. You might be big, but we're still on top :-)

    Nah, we just think it's all cute.


    except if we just stop buying your products and services (u know we are the number one consumer of them worldwide, right?), you'd be oh so on the sub bottom side pronto. versatility rules, ie mutual respect.

    Awww....we buy your stuff, too. And hire all your actors and singers, etc.. tongue.gif