If you’re a Canadian, and you don’t live under a rock, you’ve by now heard that Belinda Stronach crossed the floor today from the Conservatives to the Liberals (and the Canadian dollar rose as a result). If this is the first you’ve heard of the biggest political news of the current year, check out the 445 articles at Google News, then come back. Good. Now that you’re all caught up, let’s take a look at what the blogosphere is saying.
Is this the Canada you want? Are we so apathetic and cynical and greedy that corrupt regimes can actually hope to hold onto power? Belinda Stronach is banking on exactly that.
Old Tomorrow says “I am finding it difficult to take Belinda Stronach seriously.” And Brian Walsh had this to say of Belinda’s future:
Only time will tell how this will affect you Beinda, I expect that your future in politics is to be short as you obviously have no patience and since you have a good job to go to at anytime, you will in fact leave the liberals in due course.
All in all, it is nice to see that the Liberal’s have already learned their lessons from the Gomery Inquiry and abandoned the practice of political bribery and kickbacks!
That’s just a taste of what’s out there. If you want to read more, the posts are coming fast and furious on Technorati, Feedster and BlogPulse. There’s a wealth of opinion and comment out there if you want to read it, and much of it is more representative of Canadians than what you’ll read in your local newspaper. Also be sure to watch this trend graph, which compares mentions of Belinda Stronach, Paul Martin, and Stephen Harper over the last month. I expect Belinda’s line will jump significantly tomorrow.
My opinion? I am just happy that Canadian politics are interesting again.
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