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Federal Election – Morning After… WTF!?!?

Published May 3, 2011 - 2 Comments

It’s a dark day in Canadian politics today… Day 1 of the Stephen Harper Reign of Terror.  I’m completely baffled by last night’s results.  A Conservative majority?  Who saw that coming?  Not I!

The Liberal party was decimated.  Its worst defeat since Confederation.  Maybe they’ll take the next 4 years and try to figure out what they did wrong.  Here’s a start… find a leader with charisma who connects with the voters!  The last couple of leaders have fallen short in this department.  Iggy didn’t even get elected in his own seat!

The NDP soared to record gains, destroying the Bloc Quebecois, and what Liberal support remained in Quebec.  So now we have an NDP official opposition party.  That’s not a bad thing.  I voted for our local NDP candidate here, but he lost to the Conservative candidate.

The Bloc…   what Bloc?  They fell to 4 seats!  Duceppe lost his seat, along with his dignity and self-respect.  What does this say about the separatist movement in Quebec?  I have no idea.  I’m not paid to interpret last night’s debacle… I just rant about it.  Suffice to say, the Bloc need to regroup, and they have 4 years to figure out how.

The Green party has their first elected member of parliament!  Good for you, Elizabeth May.  Good for you.  I hope that this is just the beginning of things to come for the Greens.

I guess the one thing I keep telling myself from all of this… it’s the first majority government in a long time.  It will be nice to not have the threat of a non-confidence vote hanging over everyone’s heads.  Stephen Harper finally has what he’s always wanted.  Absolute power.

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Canada Votes… Again

Published May 2, 2011 - 0 Comments

Well it’s that time, again.  Another federal election.  Didn’t we just have one of these?  Yes, yes we did.  Well, in fairness it was 3 years ago, but when you’re having your 4th election in 7 years they tend to blend in after awhile.  That’s the wonder of our electoral system.  I have always resisted the idea of fixed election dates (ala American system) but I have to wonder whether there might be some benefit to that.

So I stopped to vote before coming into work.  We’re entitled to 3 consecutive hours to vote, and my shift doesn’t end until 7pm, so that doesn’t allow me 3 hours.  I decided to take mine at the beginning of the shift.  It’s a nice day out there.  I wasn’t in any rush to get in here.

Are things going to be any different when we wake up tomorrow?  I doubt it.  I’m still predicting a Conservative minority government.  This could very well go on forever unless there is a real shake-up of the leadership of all parties.  It feels like a virtual stalemate.  I suppose that’s what it is.

Stay tuned!

Welcome to May

Published May 1, 2011 - 0 Comments

May 1.  The older I get, the faster time seems to pass me by.  It’s almost a little scary.

I think it’s safe to say that the threat of snow is finally behind us.  What a miserable winter/spring this has been.  I can’t wait for the snowplowing bill to get here.  I’m going to turn off the lights and hide under the couch when the snowplow guy knocks on my door.  I may have to put a second mortgage on the house I don’t live in, just to pay for this year’s snow removal!  But believe me, it’s money well spent.

So May has some great things to look forward to this year… as well as at least one shitty thing.  And no, it’s not the end of the world, like some people think for May 21, 2011.  Although you could argue that my world certainly took a kick in the balls on that date.  On the other hand, I’m looking forward to a nice little vacation this month.  It’s time to scratch a couple of things off my life’s “to-do list”.  Sadly my “Identical triplet cheerleader foursome” looks like it’s going unfulfilled again this month… but that seems more like a summer activity anyway, so maybe next month.  But I digress… I can’t wait to spend some time in Ontario, especially Niagara Falls.  I’ve always wanted to see them.  This is probably when I find out that all the pictures are photoshopped, and it’s really not as impressive as I’ve been imagining all this time.  Oh yeah, it’s also my birthday this month.  One step closer to End of Life, as I told my doctor this week.  And she thinks I’m a pessimist.. ha!

Tomorrow is a big day!  Some people might think that it’s because of the federal election.  Bah… nothing’s going to change there!  I’m still expecting a Conservative minority government… AGAIN…  But the BIG NEWS is that I expect my iPad2 to finally arrive!  It was shipped last week from China, and I’ve had fun watching the FedEx tracking page to see all the hops along the way.  It’s definitely more of a world traveler than I am!  Frustratingly, it made it all the way to Dieppe by Friday, which is only an hour or so away.  But because FedEx does not have weekend delivery here, I have to wait until Monday.  Which sucks, because I also have to work tomorrow… and I swear… if I get home and find out that my roomie was sleeping all day again, and didn’t hear the FedEx guy banging on the door… there’s gonna be a lot of passive aggressiveness going on!  And nobody wants that!  Speaking of the roomie, he informed me that he has an interview on Friday, and if he gets the job he is definitely moving because he doesn’t want to do the drive back and forth.  Uh huh.  I’ve heard that before.  “I won’t get my hopes up” is all I said to him.  Hehe..  don’t get me wrong… Paul and I are great friends, but we have different ideas about things.  It hasn’t been easy watching him waste the last 6 months of his life.  I’m sure that some people probably say the same thing about me… for much longer even!

Well it’s time to get some stuff done.  Today is a rare day of no work, no kids.  My son’s First Communion is today.  I’m not going.  It’s not my thing.  He’s ok with it.  It’s not his thing either.  I’m pretty sure that my invitation was a formality anyway… although the look on my ex’s family’s faces would probably be precious if I walked in there.  Surprisingly the roomie is going.  He’s the god father, which apparently is not only a movie character.  The less I know, the better.  Ignorance is bliss.

Off to go fold some laundry.  Happy May 1rst!

 

 

Canadians Prepare to Go Back to the Polls…

Published April 10, 2011 - 2 Comments

Four federal elections in seven years.  That’s what we’re looking at as we go back to the polls on May 2nd.  I’ve never been one to say that we should have fixed elections like the Americans do, but there’s something about going to the polls every 2.5 years, with little change at the end of the day, that is getting somewhat… annoying.  I’m not sure that fixed election dates is necessarilly the answer.  Our system is totally different than our cousins to the south, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  But certainly the status quo has its drawbacks.

But as long as we live in a free country, I will continue to vote, no matter how annoying the frequency becomes!

My gut tells me that things aren’t going to change much after this election.  I’m no fan of the Conservatives (especially under Stephen Harper), but I just don’t see much of a challenge from the other parties.  I have serious doubts whether Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals will make any headway in this election.  It’s common knowledge that I’m a Liberal at heart, but Ignatieff does not instill me with a ton of confidence.  There’s just something about him.  It’s hard for me to pinpoint.  There’s no denying that the man is intelligent.  I’m just not sure that he connects with the average Canadian.  I have friends who disagree with me… they think that the Liberals will take it this time.  I hope that they’re right, even if I don’t believe they are.

Maybe it’s because I now live in a very rural area, but I have yet to have a single candidate (to my knowledge) come to the door.  I assume that they would leave something stuck in the door, in the way that others like to remind me that Jesus loves me, despite all my many failings.  I get more than enough of those things.  They must know something I don’t.

There are still a few weeks before the election, so I suppose that they still have plenty of time to come visit me.  I really hope not to see any Conservatives at my door.  I’m quite disgusted with the negative attack ads I see on TV.  I don’t think they realize that these ads can actually turn voters against them.  We talk about that at work.  I’m far from the only one.  “Tell me what you are going to do for me… not attack someone else because they were out of the country working for a few years.”  I hope those ads backfire miserably for the Conservatives.  But.