UPDATE: The Conservatives have lost.
We will continue to monitor the situation.
UPDATE: Watch the returns live.
UPDATE: Stefan Molyneux’s take on the Canadian elections.
Occidental Dissent is monitoring the 2019 Canadian federal elections.
The big question of the day is whether Justin Trudeau will lose to Andrew Scheer in Canada. I wish that I could tell you that the choice is clear but by all accounts this is another kosher sandwich election between progressive liberalism and conservative liberalism.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about Andrew Scheer.
This race has attracted very little attention down here in the United States. Scheer is a mainstream conservative who hasn’t generated any excitement in nationalist and populist circles. Everyone knows Justin Trudeau and it would be funny to see him lose and it would be a big blow to progressive liberalism but the stakes aren’t incredibly high here.
Trudeau was recently endorsed by Barack Obama who felt it was important to intervene to save a strong progressive leader on the global stage.
There is another guy running named Maxime Bernier who is stronger on immigration than Scheer. He could cost him votes.
The fourth choice is Jagmeet Singh where the same dynamic between Scheer and Bernier exists on the Left. He could cost Trudeau votes.
The race is currently tied.
The Times is fretting that Canada could go “populist.”
“TORONTO — It has become taboo in Canada’s established political circles to question what the world trading order has done to the country’s vaunted middle class. Vocally criticizing free trade deals, such as the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and denouncing them as harmful to middle-income workers, risks being ridiculed as “nativist” or “retrograde.” Problem is, trade liberalization has been at the root of decline for millions of Canadians over the past 30 years. …”
The Times is pulling for Trudeau in spite of the blackface scandal:
“MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has crisscrossed his vast country from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts, and all the way up to the Arctic, shaking hands, cradling babies and posing for his signature selfies — sometimes doing all three at once.
Along the way, his campaign for re-election became an apology tour after it was revealed that as a young man he had dressed in blackface and brownface.
The racist caricatures were damaging enough, but for Mr. Trudeau they also seemed to validate a troubling critique of his character: His critics have long said his liberal image was merely a politically expedient veneer. …”
We’re not endorsing any of these candidates. If you are looking for a reason to get off the couch and vote for Scheer, I have been told that he is opposed to internet censorship, so at least he has that going for him. Feel free to correct me in the comments if I am wrong about this.
Do your thing, Canada. We will be watching.