The writ, it has been dropped
...as we say in Canada.
So, in other words, us Canadians will have voted in a new government before you USians have voted in yours.
The stakes are high. Canadians have to decide whether they can get over Stéphane Dion's personality issues enough to stop Stephen Harper from dismantling the country, basically. So far, the most likely outcome in my opinion is that Canada will have another Conservative minority. But I'm terrified of the fact that they are in majority territory.
Of course, much of this will seem cryptic and contextless to the Unitedstatesofamerican reader. And I admit that since I have lived in the USA for so long myself, I'm a bit rusty on what Canadians are really like these days, politically. But, towards the end of the campaign (the election will be in mid-October), I will be going to Canada to visit relatives for a couple of weeks, and I will have the opportunity to vote.
So I hope to provide some amount of coverage over the next few weeks, given my real-life time constraints, or at least take a moment to describe the parties, personalities, and issues.
My question for USian readers (ie, most of you): if Canada elects a Conservative government again, would anyone in the USA notice? Would it help McCain? And vice versa for another party. Of course, the number of combinations of things that could happen to the actual composition of the Canadian Parliament is very different from what could happen in the USA. But many of the issues are necessarily the same.