Yesterday was election day, and I must say I was mildly surprised at the result. Over the past few days I had started feeling that a major Conservative wave wouls sweep over this country and reduce the Liberals to rump status – kind of like what happened to the tories in 1993.
That didn’t happen. In fact, the Liberals, who ran the most ill-managed and directionless campaign I can remember, did considerably better than I expected. Why did people continue to vote for these corrupt, unethical clowns? If people who vote Liberal are really afraid of the Conservatives, why don’t they vote for the NDP? Or (gasp) the Bloc? Or a third party? Voters in this country seem to be too lethargic or timid to vote for more marginal parties, so not much happens to keep parties like the Liberals honest, or introduce ‘fresh thinking’ (sounds like a buzzword) to Ottawa. No wonder everyone my age is cynical about politics. If people vote strategically, it just ends up keeping the chaff in Parliament. A damn good argument for proportional representation, in my view.
Unfortunately, Rupinder didn’t win in his riding (but we’re still proud of you, Rup!)
One bit of good news, however: Sam Bulte lost her seat in Parkdale to the NDP candidate. Looks like the entertainment industry will have to find another shill on Parliament Hill.