It really is remarkable how little coverage Canadian politics gets in the US press. If I hadn’t been out with a friend who knows more about Canadian politics than I do about our American idiots, I wouldn’t have learned that Stephen Harper’s government fell yesterday. What’s interesting about yesterday’s no-confidence vote is that Harper’s Conservative government was also found in contempt of Parliament, the first time that’s happened in the history of Canada.
For those of you who don’t eat poutine, this timeline shows that the reason the Harper government fell was that it didn’t disclose the details of the cost of major crime and tax revenue bills, and they also lied about the cost of procuring new F-35 fighters. Here’s a Globe and Mail backgrounder on the two major party candidates.