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Canadian politics

Would Canada’s balanced approach to policy making really be at stake, should the Conservatives be re-elected?  Is Canada making a permanent shift to the right?

It is often stated as conventional wisdom that the United States is a right-of-center country and Canada, with its state-supported healthcare system and greater state-run operations, is left-of-center. In real life, it is far more complex—as we saw when U.S. President Barack Obama handily won reelection last November while the right-wing Conservative Party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won the last three general elections in Canada.

Released this week, an Ipsos-Reid poll reports that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative party now commands approximately 40 percent of the Canadian public's support, with the Liberal party's popularity dropping 4 percentage points since the beginning of the month.