Electioneering


Well Canada, I have to say it. You know…that line that your mom always pulled when you did something really dumb.

I’m not angry…I’m just disappointed…

We Canadians turned out in droves yesterday and made our voices heard.  And our voices said “we want four more years of a Stephen Harper-led Conservative government”.

Unofficial election 2011 results (Source: CBC.ca) - Navy blue - Conservative; Orange - NDP; Red - Liberal; Light blue - Bloc Quebecois; Green - Green Party

Really?  Is that really what we said?  Because from where I was standing, people on the streets were angry.  They were upset at the direction our country has been taking these last number of years with the Conservatives at the helm.  They were angry that Canada has been looking less and less Canadian.  That we are losing the identifiable benefits that make us proud to call ourselves Canadian.

Or was that all in my head?  Did I just think that I read all the angry posts on numerous message boards of people so upset with the changes under the Harper government?  The outrage in the north over Nutrition North Canada under the Conservatives was a figment of my imagination?  The negative ad campaign that is clearly the sign of a party under attack?

I guess I was just dreaming.

Still…strides were made.  Quebec proved that if one party gives up their votes to another, sweeping changes can colour the province orange.  British Columbia proved that the Green Party is a viable option in Canada.  The country proved with the popular vote that we are a left-leaning population.  That gives me hope.

But will any of that matter?  Will I even recognize the country that I love in four years?  Is an economic turnaround worth the fears I now have for the environment?  Equal rights for the GLBT community?  Education?  Universal health care?  The future for the next generations?

Thanks Stephen Harper.  You sure make it easy for a girl to “just say no” to having kids…

Were we all just fed up of this being the fourth time we headed to the polls in seven years?  Perhaps…but there are better ways to display your dismay.

Alright.  So maybe I am a little angry…