What to say to that craziness that was #elxn41? I’m torn between quipping about Jack Layton’s menagerie of completely inexperienced MPs, including a woman who went on vacation and never canvassed, and genuinely wringing my hands about what we’re in for in the next four years.
Layton should be thrilled with his 102 seats, but the $ per seat money may be more of a boon than being the leader of the opposition in a majority government, since he effectively has LESS power in this situation. Plus, those votes in Quebec weren’t FOR the NDP, necessarily. The people were speaking to Gilles Duceppe, just as sure as they were speaking to Iggy. Quebec nationalism isn’t dead.
Neither is the Liberal Party. It was amazing how fast Twitterverse went to speculation on the “Democratic Liberal Party”. Maybe merging the Left is the right idea in terms of reducing the detrimental effects of vote-splitting. On pure percentages, the two parties together were 49% of the popular vote to the Conservatives’ 39.62%. Of course, with first past the post, they still would have been lacking #seats.
What the Liberal Party should not do is jump quickly. Ironic that Iggy was his warmest when he was graciously resigning – where the hell was this guy for the last parliament and the whole election? Apparently he hopes the next Liberal leader is young and female. I’ll be happy with good, which we haven’t had in a while. And as long as it’s not Justin flippin’ Trudeau, who couldn’t find “genuine” in the dictionary under “G”. The Party needs new leadership, should never have gone with Michael Ignatieff in the first place, but this is quite a hard lesson to learn.
What’s to fear in the Harper government? More funding cuts to women’s groups, the demise of the CBC, undercutting healthcare and healthcare transfers to the provinces, no public funding for political parties (after he gets his share from THIS election and simultaneously screws the LPC one more time), corporate tax cuts, no more long gun registry, and a continued gag on his own party and on the media, as best he can.
What is scariest, maybe, is the fact that my fellow Canadians voted for a man who believes bullying is a good way to lead, for a Party that was in contempt of parliament, and who launched vicious attack ads, and who have, on numerous occasions, diverted funds for their own purposes. I don’t understand their thinking, and perhaps that’s the most depressing fact of all.