In case you had managed to miss it, we had an election here in Canada this week. And the results were, frankly, shocking. When the election was called I firmly believed we’d be spending $300+ Million to get virtually the same government we had. Instead we ended up with a radically different government that is simultaneously horrifying and hope-inspiring.
Horrifying because we now have a party (and man) in control of this country that was initially elected on a promise to attempt to deny human rights to Canadians. I’m talking about Harper’s attempt to disallow same-sex couples from getting married. He continues to deny human rights by quietly strangling organizations that give women control of their reproductive organs. He, and his policies, make my skin crawl.
Michael Moore put it very nicely in a tweet: “Meanwhile up in Canada today, they had a big election & decided it sucked being Canadian & they wanted 2 b more like us. The bad part of us.”
But in a weird way, the results of the election were also wonderful. The NDP has finally taken its place as a party to be contended with. The Green Party has finally taken its place as a party that can get elected. The BQ has finally taken its place as a minor party with only a sliver of the popular vote and correspondingly few seats in parliament. (Note: I’ve got nothing against the Bloc, but I think that allowing any party to have vastly more power than the electorate wishes to confer to them is proof that we need electoral reform badly.) We have a fresh and young group of MPs. Most people are playing this as a bane, but you have to remember that inexperienced usually means uncorrupted. And we have the highest female presence in parliament than ever before. So yes, there is reason to hope. Not, maybe, for the next four years, but for how the next election and the four years after it will go.
In the spirit of that hope, I’ve got some cheeky policy initiatives that I’d like to table… so stay tuned.