And they're right, just as alcohol prohibition was responsible for the wars in Chicago and other cities. The only reason there wasn't violence in Canada was because alcohol was legal in Canada.
As much as I'd like to be able to say "Of course there was no prohibition in Canada! We know what's what," it would be inaccurate to say that alcohol was legal in Canada--or, at least, that it always was. A quick glance at the Wikipedia article suggests it took 50+ years to actually get prohibition enacted, though some areas adopted it much earlier, while our French province overwhelmingly rejected the idea (~80%; what can I say, Quebec knows how to have fun).
Now, that being said: a few little pockets of the country notwithstanding, it lasted only a few years before everyone sort of collectively acknowledged that it was a joke and the laws were repealed.
On that last note, cue the discussion on the legalization of pot...
I don't believe anything that runs under Windows will make a perfect duplicate of your boot disk-- if you want to have a spare drive in your desk that can be swapped in for your failed C:\ drive without a hiccup,
Nope, Acronis (and I assume others as well--I specify Acronis because it was mentioned, and I use it) disk images can be used to do a bare-metal restore in the event of software or disk failure. You'd need either (a) previously-created rescue media, or (b) another machine with Acronis and (i) a spare SATA/IDE port or (ii) a USB disk enclosure. Works like a charm. In fact, IIRC, the replacement disk doesn't even need to be of the same size, except under certain circumstances.
Basically, the conservatives held an election because they wanted a majority
Ah, so they're like...every government in our history? Every government heads into an election hoping for a majority (though some are more delusional regarding their odds than others). The grandparent complains that:
the "last election" came to be from the government at the time being dissolved by the Governor General
but in fact this is what happens prior to every single election, and what will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. The grandparent is also points out that the election was held 'early', however given that the current Prime Minister introduced the law which demands fixed election dates, and included in it a provision in which the PM can call an election at will, the law differs rather significantly from the American system. There's also a provision whereby a minority government (as is the case with the three most recent governments) can be toppled by the opposition parties.
In other words, the law is silly.
All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins