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    When someone in another diary claimed that Minnesota was "practically Canada," I replied "only if its entire Congressional delegation were pro-gun control, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-universal health care, and anti-capital punishment."  True, some Tories in Canada support one or more of those items, but they would have trouble imposing them on a country whose majority holds these positions.

    "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

    by fishhead on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 01:45:57 PM PST

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    •  At most, some Tories (3+ / 0-)
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      are anti-marriage equality. But gun control, choice, marriage equality, universal health care and no death penalty are acquired and NO political party would go back on them in Canada.

      So yeah Minnesota is most definitely not practically Canada.

      By the way, I need a good link for the coalition gov't story.

      Gender neutral marriage. NOW.

      by Montreal Progressive on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 02:04:41 PM PST

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    •  Understand that Conservatives in Alberta (2+ / 0-)
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      ...would fit well in with U.S. Republicans.

      Rest of Canada, not so much.

      •  You sure? (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe the Klein conservatives, and Harper and his miscreants.

        But Jim Prentice?

        Or even Peter Lougheed?

        These Reformatories are a newer strain -- But even they don't have very deep support in Alberta;  their Provincial counterparts are a marginal fringe party.  And even that crank Rob Anders is usually ushered out of town during an election in order to avoid him talking to.... well, anyone;  reporters or constituents.  

        I think the bigger problem is that the other parties tend to write much of the province off to the Cons before the hat is even dropped.  There's no such thing as a 10-Province Strategy up here for the Liberals or NDP;  In many parts of Alberta, sadly, the NDP or Liberal candidates are just warm bodies and lack any sort of support or infrastructure -- money for those parties is often determined to be better-spent shoring up ridings that the Cons are gunning for, in Ontario or Quebec.  

        But the Cons press their ceded home-field advantage hard in these areas long before the Opposition can muster any sort of presence, so it's usually a lose-lose situation for progressives out here.

        Slower Traffic Keep Right.

        by Wisewood on Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 03:17:40 PM PST

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