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14 February 2009

Conrad Black: Canada's resilience is invisible only to Canadians

From his column in The National Post

It is news in the United States that there has been no need in this country for bank bailouts, and that Canadian home ownership levels are as high as those in the United States, without recourse to subprime mortgages or legislated non-commercial lending practices of the kind that brought on the crisis there....

 

But unfortunately, stimulus packages have become de rigeur acts of national prestige, like the construction of great ocean liners between the World Wars. .....

 

It is unlikely that the coalition fiasco or the pedestrian budget will lead to a premature election or the justification of this return of Liberal self-assurance of inevitable victory that has popped up like a cobra’s head.

 

Without the great tribal vote of Quebec which sustained the Liberals from the death of Sir John A. Macdonald in 1891 to the rise of Brian Mulroney in 1984, the Liberals are no more likely to win an election than the Conservatives. It all seems to come down to the division of about 40 constituencies in the suburbs of the largest cities in each region except Alberta. Full post

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