I've seen a blogger out there trying to link the Wisconsin union protests to the rise of the New Democrats here in Canada, saying that Governor Scott Walker's attacks against unions in the US has somehow "shifted the consciousness" of the nation.
It's utter, complete garbage, and no one with a rational mind should believe it for a second.
The reasons for the shifts in this election are fairly clear: two traditional parties, the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois, collapsed midway through the campaign thanks to the onslaught of a popular Quebecker who lives in Toronto that is running the NDP, made Mulroney-style overatures to Quebec, and as the saying goes, how Quebec moves is usually how the nation moves. Non-NDP voters fled to the Conservatives after the clear collapse of the Liberals, giving them a majority, and giving the NDP a strong presence as the Official Opposition.
This was not some union-driven campaign that changed the heart of a nation; in fact, this was probably one of the more boring campaigns, even after the NDP surge. Only 61% of Canadians voted, barely a tick upwards from 2008, while the major shift took place in Quebec for the NDP for reasons other than Wisconsin, and the smaller shifts outside of Quebec took place because of what was going on inside Quebec. Union issues didn't make a single appearance during this campaign, except as an attack against the New Democrats. No one I've talked to, even my NDP friends, said a single word about unions, or Wisconsin, or anything to do with the protests there.
Not only that, note that during the protests themselves, which we'll say was essentially January to March, the NDP recieved no huge uptick in support. This surge occurred during the campaign - not before. There was no great revelation during the campaign about Wisconsin. Maybe it influenced some voters, though I guarantee those voters were leaning NDP before anyways. But the vast majority, and we're talking 95% here, were not influenced because of Wisconsin.
Why is this sort of thing being perpetrated? No idea, though I'm relatively sure its because certain people don't understand our politics very well. They should possibly take a class or two, because it's pretty damn obvious who, where, and what happened this election - even if the "why" is still somewhat fuzzy. We do know, however, the "why" is not Wisconsin. It makes no sense.