Hmmmmmm.. . .
Well, the election was predicted. We have a another minority Conservative government, under Stephen Harper. He broke his own law of having a fixed term for government to call this election as a play for a majority government. He failed at this and will have to be more cooperative in parliament with the opposition parties. What frustated his ambition was his policy of increasing the correctional punishment of youth and eliminating 50 million dollars in arts and culture funding. Quebecois learned that the Conservatives did not share their values, failing to give them more seats in Quebec.
It was nice that Justin Trudeau won a seat for the Liberals in Quebec. He is the suave charming eldest son of former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He could have a promising career ahead of him.
I am disappointed that the emphasis on the environment and climate change will move to the back burner. The Liberals had made the carbon transfer of tax to polluters (to encourage conservation) central to their legislative program. The Liberals just could not make the case for this mild effort to decrease carbon emissions. They let the Conservatives get away with calling it a tax increase rather than the tax neutral transfer of tax it is. Our environment will pay the price.
I am pleased I finally voted for a party that won the riding. The New Democratic candidate won in Nickel Belt. If fact, the New Democrats took three Northern ridings away from the Liberals. There are now five new Democratic ridings of the seven in Northern Ontario. Hopefully, they was make a powerful block within the NDP caucus and work to bring some services to the North where employment has been a problem for some time. I look to the New Democrats to frustrate the Conservative's agenda.
We had the worst turnout ever of voters at 58 %. It is time to pass a law requiring voting. This works in Australia.
Heidi watch the returns on TV with me. Most of the time she gave me this "Who cares!!!" look.
For her loyalty and companionship I occasionally tossed her a dog buscuit treat. Such is our relationship.
'A propos' of nothing, I thought the Labrador Flag looked good flying from the porch post. We have had some lovely weather lately. Time to get some outside chores done.