Our political system can learn from Canada
Published 06/05/2011 | 05:00
As a result of the Canadian general election on May 2, the Canadian people have done what the Irish people failed to do and provided an overall majority to a centre-right party. For the first time in Canadian history, the Conservative Party of Canada now commands a parliamentary majority, which is why the Canadian dollar is rising in value.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper now has an opportunity to revolutionise the Canadian economy and place Canada on a firm path towards economic prosperity. And since the Canadian opposition is now dominated for the first time by the New Democractic Party of Canada (a social democractic party much like our own Labour party), Stephen Harper also has an opportunity to redefine the centre ground in Canadian politics.
It is time that the Irish people followed Canada's example. To promote a healthier democracy, Fine Gael should mould itself into a strong party of the centre-right. Hopefully by the next general election, Enda Kenny, like Stephen Harper, will command an overall majority in the Dail.