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I don't know, I have always had a particular fondness for the Quebecois.


Quebec is a cool and distinct province.

Actually most provinces have something that makes them unique. Part of the reason why federal politics can be so fractious. with particular parties associated with the attitudes of particular regions.




I'm not quite sure how the government works in Canada, but isn't party discipline much stronger than in the United States?


Party discipline is all that keeps a government in power. However we have regional forces at work. Most of Canada (population wise) is clustered around the shores of the St. Laurence Seaway and Lake Ontario. Which means the rest of Canada is stuck with whatever Montreal and Toronto agree on. (which fortunately isn't much) This leads to Western Alienation.

Quebec tends to vote as a Block. and strategic voting is the norm. It's commonly asked in Quebec "Did you win your vote" meaning did you vote for whomever got into government. Quebec also has it's own issues with federal provincial relations and it's own history that make it's status with the rest of Canada .. Distinct...


The Current conservative party is ... can be viewed as.... an usurpation of the ancient Tory brand by a regional right wing party that finally got it's way after 10 years of efforts to 'unite the right'. It's economic policies are attributed to think tanks out of the universities in Alberta and is still seen by some as the old Reform Party in new clothes.

The Liberal party of Canada has been the traditional government party more often than not ever since the fallout from the Riel Rebelions in 1885 alienated Quebec against the government party of the time (conservatives). It's a centrist party that steals planks freely from our conservatives and social democrats alike. There have been times thanks to Western Alienation that it hasn't held a seat west of Winnipeg. However, it's relevance may be in question. Our Government is right wing. Our opposition is Social Democrat and the Liberal party is neither for the first time in... forever. A consequence of a series of weak party leaders selected more for their lack of offensiveness to the party's internal Kingmakers than any ability to lead. In itself a consequence of Liberal Party arrogance bred of nearly a century of being the Government with brief interludes of Official Opposition status.

The New Democratic Party, are our social democrats, They too interestingly enough, came out of the west in the 1930s. This is the first time they've been anything other than a voice in the wilderness. The 'third party' that can spoil plans and keep governments honest but never really a contender in it's own right. They have traditionally crippled by the fact that the Parti Quebequois and it's federal affiliate the Bloc Quecbequois are also social democrats and tend to suck up all the Quebec votes that might go to the NDP. (Although they made inroads in the last election)

The Bloc Quebequois is a true regional party. Formed (like Reform) in the meltdown of the Progressive Conservatives after a really unpopular conservative prime minister in the 80's. They go to parliament to make sure Quebec's interests are served and command a respectable number of seats.


So.. yes... Regional differences are a HUGE part of federal politics.


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Sorry. I just learned that! That's totally cool! I'm West coast. We have cartons here. I think it's super awesome that even though one can live in Canada, depending on where, it's almost like a different country! I've never been to that side, so I was speaking out of total ignorance. My bad
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Bagged milk... wha
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Sorry. I just learned that! That's totally cool! I'm West coast. We have cartons here. I think it's super awesome that even though one can live in Canada, depending on where, it's almost like a different country! I've never been to that side, so I was speaking out of total ignorance. My bad :)


No need to apologise. I thought everyone drank out of bags. just because I did. So we are the same.

So.. the real question: Labbat's or Molson's

or do you drink REAL beer?

and. Are you a Canucks fan. or are you rarity? (Myself I'm a Montreal Fan in Toronto... yeesh!)


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peaceful creatures


Until you rile them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HGPh8Hjyg8


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I'm telling you guys.

Canadians are plotting to invade the US.

They are just so quite up there.
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I'm telling you guys.

Canadians are plotting to invade the US.

They are just so quite up there.


*quiet
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a619ko wrote:

I'm telling you guys.

Canadians are plotting to invade the US.

They are just so quite up there.


*quiet


No way, I've been using quite my whole life...

Why hasn't any of my English teachers ever point that out!?!?
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I'm telling you guys.

Canadians are plotting to invade the US.

They are just so quite up there.


Yes ... like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0R5DTHcmGU&list=HL1357495123&feature=mh_lolz

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I never even heard of bagged milk before I didn't even know it existed until now.
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My automatic "stereotype" for Canadians is funny and fun loving but that has to be just because every person I've met so far that's Canadian was. I had three great friends who were, though it was funny because their jobs consisted of working in coal mines and on a syrup (farm? Not sure what you would call that..). Which of course would be a lot of peoples stereotypical job suggestions. I think in general the US likes Canada, believes it to be an ideal place to live (not enough to move of course but you always hear people threatening "If Obama wins i'm moving to Canada!") Not to mention the fact that Canada borders the U.S. yet you don't hear hateful comments about it (at least i never had) is really saying something.
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


a619ko wrote:

I'm telling you guys.

Canadians are plotting to invade the US.

They are just so quite up there.


Yes ... like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0R5DTHcmGU&list=HL1357495123&feature=mh_lolz



LuL, That was funny.
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I have lived in Canada my whole life, and I didn't know we drank milk out of bags.


I've drunk milk out of 1.34 litre bags my whole life. maybe it's an Ontario thing. Not sure If they had bagged milk in Quebec (where I was born and spent the first seven years of my life)




I can confirm that milk comes in bags in Quebec too...
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


aurora-chanxx wrote:

I have lived in Canada my whole life, and I didn't know we drank milk out of bags.


I've drunk milk out of 1.34 litre bags my whole life. maybe it's an Ontario thing. Not sure If they had bagged milk in Quebec (where I was born and spent the first seven years of my life)




I can confirm that milk comes in bags in Quebec too...


Must be an easterner thing...

Anyone from Manitoba or the Prairies or the East coast...

let's find out how far east/west bagged milk goes. I know it's common even in Thunder Bay which is an 8 drive from Winnipeg (practically next door)



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