Not gonna comment on any of the views on issues you've offered, sorry.
:D I prefer my conversations civilized, and I don't see that conversation going anywhere but down. I will, however, happily respond to your meta-politics.
their platform to privatize many Crown Corporations including Canada Post, CBC, and Petro-Canada. To be fair, Petro-Can did eventually start to lose money and the government eventually sold it to Suncor. The Reform Party was also very pro-life, opposed homosexual marriage, opposed government-funded bilingualism and multiculturalism, and opposed immigration policies that would "radically or suddenly alter the ethnic make up of Canada". I don't know about you, but those beliefs seem pretty radically right to me and, I would venture to guess, many other Canadians.
To Canadians, yep, that's a sea change in what government does. To Americans, however, they'd wonder what the big deal was with denationalizing, not having two official languages, and restricting immigration- and my motivation for pointing that out is that I didn't figure Americans would translate "Canadian far right" with "the Democrats only wish they had our policies." I would point out, on the other hand, that since a sufficiently hefty number of people voted for the Cons in the last two elections to give 'em power, it's not necessarily that the party's views on public funding of abortion or selling Crown Corps or gun control are shocking (or objectionable) to people, it's more that we had one party in charge for a long, long time, with very few changes in their basic views, and this is the first time there's been a substantial difference in federal government in a while. In other words, different ain't necessarily bad. Or good, see below.
Heavens, I wouldn't accuse you of being NDP- you made no demands that /. be nationalized and its corporate parent's assets distributed to the poor. ;P I assume you're a Liberal, but don't care. I don't think it's reasonable to speculate on a politician's intentions, save for "they want more power" and "they want to use the power they have." I've heard a lot of paranoia from, say, CBC talking heads, or Layton, or Iggy, about how Harper is some radical-right Americanizing demon sent to destroy our soft-socialist utopia, and it really doesn't fly with me. I think he's a lying, slimy bastard, just like everyone else on the hill. He's right-wing for Canada, but not particularly so from a global or historical perspective, but that really only changes how he screws the people, not whether.
And, personally, I'm a political radical on just about any account, so the whole left-right thing seems kind of pointless to me. Nuke Parliament, it's the only way to be sure.