Now that that's over with, ELECTION WOOHOO! Yes, fine, I like having the opportunity to cast my vote and (hopefully! fingers crossed!) cast Harper out of office. Although given the high numbers I expect the NDP to pull in my riding (Jack's riding) and how late I'll be voting, I'm sure it'll all basically be over by the time I get there. But still. And then tonight I'm going to sacrifice some sleep and watch the results come in.
As I went to vote today I noticed that all the buses had signs that were flashing between their route and "REMEMBER TO VOTE". I love it. It's certainly a nice change from "GO LEAFS GO".
I spent most of today crying. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong, but between the various DVDs and booka and the onions*, there was a salty river running through my apartment. Heroes better not be sad - I'm almost out of kleenex and my nose is very sore. It's a hard life.
*From this week's soup - mushroom barley miso (and I added tofu). Very tasty, and a nice break from tomato based soups. I'm so sick of tomato in soup, at least for the moment.
Dude. I just...how, as PRIME MINISTER, do you think talking only to local media is a good idea? What, so only Ottawa gets to know what's going on? I mean, you won't let reporters ask questions, and then when they walk out in protest, you get all pouty and decide not to talk to them at all? This is very dangerous.
I feel like this isn't getting enough emphasis. This is not some prime ministerly quirk. This is our government trying to control entirely what we are allowed to know, and, honestly, playing childish games. I hope the press retaliate by making sure everyone understands exactly what the consequences of Harper being let into office have been.
So far, in Halifax, I have:
-drowned my Stephen Harper-related sorrows in wine with rhiacat
-emailed Rex Murphy about the really important issues of the election
-looked at far too many houses that I could never afford
-suffered through election day-after blues
-seen canirl! twice!
-missed cereal and soy milk
-impressed everyone in the Halifax library with my awesomeness
-underdressed for the weather
-been remembered, by name, at the place I went for breakfast the first day when I went back the next day for lunch (Annie's, if you care)
-become obsessed once again with HGTV
-stayed up way too late watching decorating shows
-been reminded why it is a very good idea that I don't have extended cable anymore
-read as far as last Tuesday
-just about run out of time...my internet connection is about to close, oops
Ta, boys and girls
Of course, there isn't exactly much competition.
Apparently I was called for jury duty! Except they sent the notice to my parents, which is so weird -- what sort of list are they working off? I haven't lived there since 1996, I've actually filed a number of change of address forms, the government has my correct address. So I don't know. It's rather a moot point anyway, since my parents sent it back "address unknown".
I've only known one person who's been called for jury duty in Canada -- my co-worker Mark, who has actually gone twice in the time I've known him. You'd think, given the number of juries that are formed and the number of people who get rejected each time, that it would be more common. It's odd.
So here's the thing about CSI: when it's not on, I forget about it. It's not one of those shows that I think about over the summer break, or turn over in my mind during the week, waiting for the next episode. But when it's on, I love it. It's one of my favourite shows. And I've been trying to figure out why that is.
( CSI: the real crime is the sex appeal )
Yes, I realize the election isn't for a week and a half, but advance voting is so damn quick.
(I always forget that they don't put the parties on the ballots, just the names of the candidates. It always takes me a minute to recognize my candidate, after spending so much time seeing all the different names everywhere.)
So, do you think the candidates for a riding get together and discuss who's showing up when? I mean, this is the exact order they were in last time, before Christmas, and there's never been more than one party there at a time. Or maybe it's a first come, first serve type thing, and they all run to the subway station first thing in the morning and then make fun of the candidates who didn't get up early enough. Of course, if they were smart they'd just send their lackeys to stand there overnight and save the spot.
I tried to watch the debates last night, I really did, but I don't like watching people debate -- it's too close to arguing, and my stomach hurts. Plus I really don't need two hours of Stephen Harper on my television screen. Did anyone watch? Did anyone actually say anything interesting?
Rick Mercer's Fantasy Conservative Cabinet is possibly the funniest thing I've read about the election so far, although it's not like he had to stretch very far to find good material.
Oh! And I saw the new Liberal ad last night, the one with all the quotes from American newspapers about how Stephen Harper is like George W. Bush, and how similar their politics are yadda yadda, and then at the end it says something like "If Stephen Harper gets elected, at least someone will be happy,eh?" HAHAHA. You know SOMEONE had to pull out the "we don't want to be like the Americans" card.
So George is back, and I am happy. Also, I love Jack Layton.
I'm definitely watching to see what happens with this potential vote of non-confidence. I really doubt that anyone wants to force a Christmas election*, but George is right: this is the chance that the Conservatives and the NDP have both been talking about forever. If they don't use this chance to vote non-confidence in the Liberals, they're going to look very silly.
The thing is, I can see why the NDP, despite everything they've said, might not want to take down the government. They are actually in the best position they could possibly be, other than leading a majority government themselves (which, despite gains in seats and recognition, I don't think is a possibility yet). Martin needs them, desperately, in order to get anything done. As the swing vote, they're managing to dictate policy. Look at what just happened with the health care bill: Layton basically said, give us what we want on that bill and we'll support you, otherwise we're siding with the bad guys over there.
So now it just remains to be seen what Martin and the others will do. The Conservatives have the first opposition day next week, but I don't think they're likely to call for a confidence vote unless they're sure the NDP aren't backing the Liberals, despite the fact that they (and all the other opposition parties) have been saying that they're ready ever since the last election. I guess we'll see!
*There were people handing out pamphlets by the subway station this morning. I'm pretty sure they were for the Conservative candidate in my riding. I thought they weren't allowed to campaign until an election was called?
(ps. Who wants to go to a taping of the Rick Mercer Report with me? Tickets are available for these shows. We should pick one and get a group of people together.)
In fact, TOSC feels that since the US has positioned itself as a global power, the entire world should get to vote. This might be a little difficult logistically, but I think he's determined.
The independent is an interesting situation. I heard on CBC that he had promised to do an official poll of his riding to see what party people would want him to join. I don't know if that means he would actually join the party, or if he would just vote in line with them, but he's a true wild card right now.
If I had to guess, I'd say that the government isn't going to last very long, since no coalition will hold the majority. Unless the Bloc votes with the Liberals, which I can't really picture. It'll be interesting, though. And at least the NDP made a comeback in terms of number of seats, even if Olivia Chow and Peter Tabuns didn't get in like I thought they would.
I'd tell you who to vote for, too, but I suppose that's going a little too far. ;) I'm very nervous about what might happen - so much is up in the air this time around. Definitely the TV will be on tonight, though, to watch the results come in.
Well, anything that would get the Liberals under Campbell out will make me happy.
Speaking of politics, the newly elected leader of the BC provincial NDP party is an old friend of my parents, and someone whose family has lived in our neighbourhood for years.
Argh. At least the NDP incumbent got re-elected in my riding, with a fairly healthy majority. And no PC people got elected in Toronto proper, which is something. More than ever, though, I'm firmly in favour of proportional representation, looking at the distortion between seats won and popular vote. I know the Liberals had talked about it pre-election, but I doubt they'll be interested anymore, since they got something like 70% of the seats with only 46% of the popular vote.