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Les érections féderales

À mon avis, c'est complètement normale de manifester notre amour de démocratie physiquement. Monsieur Harper, laissez nous nos passions politiques! Peu importe la coûte ou la durée. Avec expression nous l'exprimerons ensemble!


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May. 3rd, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Woah, I hit a cultural wall.

1. Are all Canadians bilingual, then? Because don't I normally see him on the news speaking English?

2. Is it funny because... he says 'election' a lot?

3. Why have you had so many elections in the last few years?

4. Also, I can't speak French, so - does this say, 'in my opinion it's completely normal to show our love of democracy physically. Mr Harper, allow us our passion! The cost or duration matters little. With expression, let us express ourselves together!
May. 3rd, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
"Are all Canadians bilingual, then?"

Obviously not; didn't you see the video?

Har har har.

No, just kidding. Every Canadian is abandoned at eight years of age in on the spire of the rock Percé, and must learn to speak French in order to beguile Gaspé fishermen into saving them, or else succumb to the rocky crags and watery cold.
May. 3rd, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
In my day, we did this at age five. You kids these days are coddled. I bet they even gave you raincoats and shoes.
May. 3rd, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
This is what happens when we turn our back.
May. 3rd, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
This is what happens when we turn our back.

You don't even want to know what we did to Newfoundland.
May. 3rd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Sequential answers time! Off the top of my head:

1. Canada is a bilingual country by written constitution. It has been so, de facto, since the remaining colonies of British North America were confederated into the Dominion of Canada. This is true in so far as the provinces were given exclusive sovereignty over matters of language and education, and Catholics (who were, at the time, mostly French speaking) were granted certain enshrined rights. The country became officially bilingual with the patriation of the constitution from the motherland in 1982. But, not all Canadians are bilingual by any stretch, though a pretty sizable population is. Given tradition and the linguistic make-up of the country, it's nearly impossible to be PM (and difficult to be a senior minister) if one's not fairly fluent in both languages.

2. He does try to say "election" a lot! It doesn't ever seem to work out.

3. We've had several consecutive minority governments over the last decade. First under Liberal PM Paul Martin, then two governments under PM Stephen Harper. There are four principle factors at work in this state of affairs:

i) There has been a demographic shift in Canada, which has seen the population in the westernmost provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) grown relatively sharply. The populations there have generally been more likely to support the new Conservative party (a relatively new party which more resembles the American Republicans than the old Tories, whom they swallowed whole), than the pops. of other provinces. People in Prairie, Central, and Atlantic Canada have larger reservations about the new, populist Conservatives, though they've won seats in all the regions. Francophone voters in Quebec, in particular, have a tendency to vote for the Bloc Quebecois whenever their interests seem to be ignored or threatened, which has amounted to dozens of seats which neither the Conservatives nor Liberals have been able to woo recently.

ii) The Liberal party was hit by a large corruption scandal some years ago, which cost them a considerable amount of seats and good-will.

iii) The Liberal party has also been badly affected by changes in campaign financing rules, and by internal squabbling. However, many disenchanted Liberal supporters are unwilling to vote for the new Conservatives, and have instead voted for third parties. The combined points i-iii have resulted in a split House of Commons in the last three elections, as no one party has been able to take a majority of seats.

iv) MPs who have to actually work with PM Harper hate him viscerally, and often personally. The opposition parties are highly unwilling to support the gov't under Mr. Harper, which has resulted in several votes of non-confidence, or at least attempts at the same. Hence, new elections.

4. Your translation is pretty spot on! 'Sounds better if one translates "expression" as "feeling", though. :-)
May. 3rd, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!

You have incredible patience. I am intrigued by this Harper fellow now, and what he has done to arouse such loathing. Of course, he always just looks benign and boring from here. Off to Google.
May. 3rd, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Googled now. Yes, I can see the problem.
May. 3rd, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Googled now. Yes, I can see the problem.

Indeed. Many people say that after googling Mr. Harper for a bit.
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