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Canadian Elections: Positive or Negative?

Yesterday’s elections in Canada could be viewed as a positive or negative sign for Republicans (depending on how you look at it.)

First, the positive: If you live in a blue state, and fear you can never elect a conservative in a million years, then yesterday’s Canadian elections are proof it is possible. Despite being labeled "too conservative on social issues," and (gasp) "pro-American," Stephen Harper still won.

I’ve done some campaign training in Canada (Calgary and Vancouver) — and I must admit that I’m excited they were able to make this change so quickly. While there, I met some of the best political activists I’ve ever met in my life. But I also witnessed the liberal culture they were up against. During one of my campaign training seminars, I learned that the conservatives were running on a slogan: "We’re going to do the best we can."

Frankly, I felt that was one of the wimpiest slogans I’d ever heard. I suppose it’s no coincidence that Harper is also a political strategist. Having spent some time in Canada, let me assure you that if they can elect a conservative, then your Blue State can do it, too.

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at

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