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Test Drive a Tory Today

Canada's Conservatives were not given a mandate, but they may earn one.

11:00 PM, Jan 25, 2006 • By EDWARD MORRISSEY
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On the other hand, Harper's government will be capable of incremental changes. Canada is not likely join the United States in Iraq, but Harper will prove a closer partner in the war on terror and in tightening immigration in North America. He may also reverse the reversal of Paul Martin and entertain a Canadian partnership in missile defense. The Tories won't pass any corporate giveaways but they will be looking to cut taxes with the unpopular GST a likely starting point. They will also focus on fulfilling election promises, a child-care initiative among them. Most worrisome for the Liberals will be the ability of the new government to investigate the worst excesses of the old, but the split in Commons will prevent a wholesale dumping of the Ottawa bureaucracy overnight.

Some pundits diagnosed this result as a short leash for all political parties and a rebuke towards the Liberals for their corruption. Conservative Diane Ablonczy, newly elected MP from Calgary-Nose Hill, gave voice to this sentiment during an Election Night celebration in her riding. She called the result a "test drive" for the Tories and welcomed the approach. Ablonczy told the CBC that she was certain the Tories would prove a satisfying product for Canadian voters. The electorate, which had been dismissed as unengaged and indifferent, proved wiser than all of the pundits in their predictions. They have given Harper and his party a fair chance at showing they can govern responsibly and responsively--and they may well buy the car outright if they enjoy the test drive.

Edward Morrissey is a contributing writer to The Daily Standard and a contributor to the blog Captain's Quarters.