Silver linings

Well, as election dramas go, one couldn’t have asked for a better show. The overall results were far from surprising, with the Liberals showing slightly better than expected, the Conservatives not doing quite as well as they could have hoped, and the NDP right on the money.

Martin’s immediate announcement that he will resign as Liberal leader was a pleasant surprise, and may prove to be the first right step for the party on its speedy road to recovery.

Stronach’s victory, which had looked so doubtful, was another pleasant surprise. Belinda Stronach, Keith Martin, and Scott Brison. Living proof that people who cross the floor from the Conservatives aren’t betraying their constituents, just showing common sense. After all, they keep getting re-elected.

NDP victories in Trinity-Spadina, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, and London-Fanshawe were definitely significant for their symbolism, particularly in defying Pat O’Brien’s characterization of his former constituents. The party’s strong showing overall bodes well for the turbulent days ahead.

Things get worse the further west you move. The loss of the former NDP riding of Churchill. No triumphant return for Lorne Nystrom.

And then there is Alberta. While I’m tempted to express my feelings on the Conservative’s sweep in language both visceral and profane, I’ll merely say that our electoral system is fundamentally unjust. That slate of [expletive deleted] does not represent me or my views, and until we adopt a system in which my vote actually counts for something they can [expletive deleted], every last one of them.

Harper’s work is certainly cut out for him. Whether his government will be the spectacular failure I expect, or the positive change he promises, only time will tell. The stage is set for deals to be made and broken, and all eyes will be watching. Welcome to the big show.

~ Gnomes



  1. Anonymous said,

    Wednesday, 25 January 2006 at 4:19 pm

    tha NDP riznight on tha money!!

  2. Gauntlet said,

    Thursday, 26 January 2006 at 12:43 am

    Hey, guys. Get in touch. I’m recruiting liberal directors for E-SP. The local president and I have decided to shake things up, and we need some level heads interested in creating a small section of the LPC that’s not embarrassing.

  3. Patsy Stone said,

    Friday, 27 January 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Gnomes — where are you? You didn’t return my birthday email? Email moi.

  4. Dexter said,

    Friday, 27 January 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Woooooooooo! Spring Break ’06!!!!!!! Wooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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