What's the secret to Canada's miracle economy?
No foreclosure crisis. No bank failures. No debt crisis. Low unemployment. A strong currency. Yes, Canada has a lot going for it these days. Here's why.
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Learned from our mistakes
Canadians have learned from our mistakes. We’ve been where you are. Once upon a time we elected (and elected, and elected, and elected) a prime minister named Pierre Trudeau. He was terribly attractive, charismatic, and arrogant. He made us internationally beloved – well, by our standards. People actually knew who we were, which was nice for a change. He revelled in all that was trendy, seemingly enjoying the company of dictators over democrats. And he placed our economy on a handcart headed straight for hell.Skip to next paragraph
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So, a final tip for you: Elect somebody boring. On May 2, we gave Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party a majority in the House of Commons (after giving him minority mandates in 2006 and 2008). A Star Trek geek in his youth, Mr. Harper is often compared to Mr. Spock. But as Barack Obama struggles with an existential debt crisis and controversial healthcare reform, waffles in his support of Israel and goes on worldwide apology tours, Harper has avoided pushing for dramatic changes to our social safety net (attracting Canada‘s many middle-of-the-road voters), has put pragmatism ahead of ideology where fiscal matters are concerned (with an odd mix of targeted tax breaks and increased spending), and remains a principled defender of Western values on the world stage.
This doesn’t mean you have to go crazy and elect Tim Pawlenty. He’s boring, yes; but I don’t believe the free world can be led by someone named “Tim.” It means only that a steady hand is better than one attached to someone pretty and that worthwhile leadership (and worthwhile conservatism) has more to do with managing money and protecting freedom than with managing private lives.
Rondi Adamson is a Canadian writer.