There has been a lot of buzz and chatter about how the Liberals managed to retain most of their seats in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, despite the extreme levels of arrogance, incompetence, and corruption that so completely described the last 13 years of Liberal rule.
Having lived in all 3 of these cities, my opinion on this strange occurence is based on my own perception of the people I rubbed shoulders with each day on my way to work. I have many friends in these cities but, these places are lousy with communists, welfare cheats, homosexuals, gang bangers, drug abusers, homeless people, and a wide assortment of the perpetually enraged. All of these fringe dwellers/nutbars have the right to vote, and not surprisingly they tend to congregate in the larger cities as opposed to hanging around the street corners of their home town and taking their chances with the local boys.
Alas, my opinion is likely to be derided as homophobic, or homeless-ophobic, or gang-ophobic... you get the picture.
But, I happened to stumble upon a column by David Frum (dated a full 13 days before the election) who manages to agree with my take, albeit from a different angle, and with less vitriol.
The Martin Liberals are the party of downtown Canada. They are the party of downtown values and downtown interests. And they are adamantly determined to impose those values and those interests on the rest of the country. That fact undergirds all their talk about "the Charter" and "Charter rights." Just as they refused to respect the democratic process in Quebec, so they do not respect the democratic process when it comes to fundamental questions of faith, family and society.
Downtown values don't go over well in small town Canada. "Small Town" Canada meaning people who go to work, pay their taxes, and play by the rules.