“OK, everyone take a Valium”

in Election, Politics

Political Fun in Canada

This is the caption to a classic Aislin cartoon from 1976 just after the Parti-Quebecois swept into power provincially (scaring the hell out of all of Canada), and it seems a very good sentiment for Monday’s election results as well.

Yes, we have seen some breathtaking political changes (or tom-foolery) that will make the next sitting of Parliament very interesting, but at the end of it how much has really changed? My guess is that initially things will not be changing that much, but we shall also see a lot of political neophytes learn the parliamentary process, and we will see whether the Liberal party can “come off the mat” and resurrect themselves for the next election (due in 2015 evidently (August?)).

Drawing, cartoon | O.K. Everybody take a valium! | P090-A_50-1004

OK, everybody take a valium!

My personal Highlights from election night:

  • The NDP Tsunami in Quebec just goes to show that the Quebec political forum is the most interesting in all of Canada. Where else could absentee or student candidates win by a landslide?
  • Seeing the Bloc get wiped off the map is good as well for the federal discourse. Some are saying separatism in Quebec is dead, I say there are a lot of political pundits who have said that over the years, but they haven’t been right  yet.
  • Huge voter turn outs were good to see. I had to actually stand in line to vote in my riding, which I really enjoyed seeing.  Yes, we ended up re-electing our MP (a Tory), but still good to see folks exercising their democratic right.

At the end of it all, the Tories really didn’t promise much economically in terms of big changes, just some possible family tax break promises if they can balance the budget in a few years, which would be nice if they follow through.

In Ottawa the city there is a concern that the balancing of the budget might be on the back of the Civil Service, but if that was the case, why did the Ottawa area elect so many Conservatives? Interesting.

At the end of it all, the caricature of the late Monsieur Levesque sums it all up very well, “OK everybody take a Valium!“, relax, it’s going to be an interesting few months (or years for that matter).

{ 3 comments }

  • repenttokyo May 5, 2011, 12:09 PM

    we didn’t really have a huge voter turnout – about 2 percent greater than the last election, which I think was a historic low.

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  • schultzter May 4, 2011, 9:50 AM

    The NDP win is really mixed bag. On the one had you gotta give it to them for stepping up their game, and especially to Layton for going from hospital to campaign trail without missing a beat.

    But what Qc voters giveth they taketh away just as quickly. And more importantly, they clearly elected Layton – not the NDP. So now Layton has transfer that to the NDP, and the NDP has to deliver for Qc. Almost half their caucus comes from Qc, more than any other region. In a sense they have become the BQ – they represent Qc more than the other provinces!

    And not just the BQ, the Libs and Cons got tossed out of Qc too. The NDP is our only voice. For a province used to having it’s own personal voice in Ottawa (the BQ was even the official opposition once). So there will be really high expectations of the NDP from Qc’ers.

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    • bigcajunman May 4, 2011, 12:22 PM

      Quebec voters are a fickle bunch, and if Layton does not deliver the Liberals will make a comeback in 4 years just in Quebec

      Reply

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