This morning

Via Politico:

Justin Trudeau will hang on to his job as Canada’s prime minister in an election victory Monday that fell short of his main objective: tightening his hold on power.

With his Liberals high in the polls, Trudeau plunged the country into an early election in August in hopes the party could gain at least 15 additional seats in the House of Commons to turn his incumbent minority into a far more powerful majority.

Instead, Trudeau returns to the Prime Minister’s Office with roughly the same number of seats his Liberals had when he called the summertime snap election.

“I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love and not worry about this pandemic or about an election,” Trudeau said in Montreal as he delivered his victory speech. “The moment we face demands real important change. And you have given this parliament and this government clear direction.”

Trudeau returns to power with minority grip on Parliament (Politico)



Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday

This morning.

The Kremlin-loyal United Russia party has recorded an overwhelming victory in Russia’s parliamentary elections.

With all the votes tallied, the electoral commission said Tuesday that United Russia had won 49.83% of the vote. It was also ahead in 198 seats of the 225 deputies apportioned by party lists.

On Twitter, the party said it had received a constitutional majority.

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked voters for their “trust.” United Russia will have more than two-thirds of deputies in the 450-seat lower house of parliament, known as the State Duma.

Russia: Putin’s party wins majority in parliamentary election (DW)


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7 thoughts on “Just In

  1. White Dove

    Honestly, with millions of people in Canada, the potential candidate field is surely wide enough to make multiple premiers from the same family indefensible other than by nepotism.

    This cannot be a good idea as it allows vested interests to retain hidden power for long periods. I know that there are other ways that vested interests retain power but quasi-dynastic political succession is a particularly effective way to do so.

    I say this against a background where we in Ireland have similarly endured dynastic political power with all that that entails. The political system needs to be reformed to make it less easy for this to happen.

    At present we all live in a mere travesty of democracy.

    1. Kdoc

      “Democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried.” (Winston Churchill)

  2. Bitnboxy

    Those who trot out commentary like White Dove generally have very little interest in free and fair elections. Democracy is messy and imperfect, and as Trump’s attempts to undo it’s every basic tenet have shown, it cannot be taken for granted and remains precarious. You don’t have to look to far to see what vested interests do to democratic institutions with the wholesale “Putinisation” of Poland and Hungary. Poland is a funny one. Law and Justice may loath Putin and his thug-kleptocracy but they are very keen to mimic many of his “controls and authoritarianism”. And I have now doubt given the current state of Broadsheet, Putin presents himself to many as a dream leader.

    1. bisted

      …comrade Putin and the United Russia party have just won a comprehensive victory…the first thing he did when the people of Crimea opted to be part of Russia was to more than double the pension…developments in Poland owe more to example set by the nazis…

  3. Clampers Outside

    Remember when the liberals lost their poo when Hilary won the popular vote against Trump and were shouting that she was the ‘real’ President.
    And yes, even Canadian liberals were shouting that.

    Well… they’re awful quiet about the ‘popular vote’ that Trudeau lost, aren’t they.

    Makes one chuckle doesn’t it. All rage when it suits, all quiet when it doesn’t…. In other words, full-o’-poo-poo

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