I don't have much to say. So many have said it already anyway. If you haven't seen them, visit Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells, James Bow, Brett Lamb, Adam Radwanski (today's posting), Andrew Potter, Ian Welsh and Kevin Brennan.
Things look all right. I'm happy that we have a new government, but that it is also a minority government. The Liberals will have a new leader, and that's good too. Harper will govern for at least a year, but the next election could be as early as 2007 or as late as 2009. The situation isn't stable, but I think that if Harper concentrates on his five priorities, he should be able to hang in there and establish a positive foundation for himself in the next campaign. (Here's some speculation on that.) No one should be in a hurry for a new election, least of all the Liberals.
With Martin out, the Liberal Party will be rebuilding. Leadership possibles include McKenna, Manley, Stronach, Tobin, Ignatieff and several lesser names. I've always had a soft spot for Dion, as a strong federalist and a competent cabinet minister. Colby Cosh says we need to keep him in mind, although I have no idea how good a campaigner he'd be.
Whoever the Liberals choose, the Conservatives aren't going to have an easy time building a majority. It is hard to imagine the Liberals doing much worse than they did this last time. (30.2% is their second lowest share of votes ever, second only to 1984.) The fact is, with the right reunited and the Bloc sitting on 50 seats in Quebec, majorities just don't look easy for anybody.
Anyway, in the end, I think things are looking up. We should have decent governing by the Conservatives, at least during this trial run, and the next election should be a real battle with even better choices on the table.
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