Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lowest voter turnout in history (about 60%). The Conservatives have a (slightly larger) minority government now. The Liberals are sinking. The Greens got lots of votes, but not a seat. The NDP have a few more seats but are still 4th. The Bloq (Quebec separatiste partie) saved our bacon by not letting Harper get the seats he needed there for the majority.
Here's the result:
155 seats required for
My NDP candidate, and friend, Alex Atamenenko won in this riding - a bright spot in a cloudy sky.
Here is an edited version of my friend Brian's take on the election (thanks Brian, out in Nova Scotia):
I was sorry that the Greens will not have at least one seat. I think their credibility is bound to suffer. Thibeault, my local Liberal, did go down to defeat to one of the few Conservative seats in the province, but Bryson made it okay - I had some dealings with him when I was with the Cancer Society and like him. For sentimental reasons, I was also pleased to see (Trudeau) made it. So I guess we are now in for at least two more years of 'deus ex machina' rule from the PM's office.
Regarding, "It's the kind where you wish you could wake up and start again.", I know that feeling. After the last two presidential elections in the states, I felt the same way.
I'm sorry. Both for you and the world.
love the picture. it's going on my desktop.
from my limited view (california doesn't border canada, but hey, one can argue that california doesn't even border california), the liberal parties in canada are too dispersed. to have any impact, they need to unite better and elect somebody that can address or speak to the needs of all the liberal parties. clearly, there are more uniting qualities than differences, and these should be a shared agenda in future elections.
(I'm kinda getting tired of saying that, actually, but I have to keep reminding myself . . . regularly, it seems.)
Commiserations on the election result which is all rather disappointing!
I notice the record low voter turnout continues to follow that long term trend and maybe highlights the need to create a better vision to persuade more people to take an interest and vote!
Just didn't want minister quotation theft on my conscience.
I have to add that many of us here do like minority governments, because it forces them to work with others to get anything done. Some of the best policy came under Pierre Trudeau's partnership with the left-leaning NDP in the 70's - he needed them to say in power.
Good luck on November. If you elect Obama, you'll have the more liberal leader between us. Or at least the more compassionate human being.
So far as Nov 5th is concerned the popular vote will definitely go to Obama. What concerns me is the Electoral College. If it's close enough to steal they will.
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