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Canadian Election 2015 Cont...




So, if anyone is up on the results of the election. The Liberal Party won this election and also achieved a majority.

I ended up seeing this posted at one point :

http://www.thebeaverton.com/national/item/2169-nation-groggily-wakes-up-next-to-justin-trudeau

I loosely acknowledged the joke but kind of went on the talk a little more seriously as I generally disagree with this message.

If you look at the list of the Prime Ministers of Canada you'll see how we flip and flop back and forth between Progressive Conservatives (center-right generally speaking) and Liberal (apparently left of the Conservative party but right of the NDP so maybe center-left? maybe?). Conservatives are new since Harper happened. I remember asking my friend what the difference was between the Conservatives and Progressive Conservatives. He basically said they were the same but the PC's didn't have the crazy religious element. Terrible, I know, but I get what he was trying to say in such a basic response.

Anyway, from that list I really only grew up knowing the faces of Jean Chrétien (PM) and Dalton McGuinty (MP). Paul Martin is kind of a blip on the map for me. I do not remember Brian Mulroney but hey, I was pretty darn young at that point. So, for a good chunk of my life the Liberal Party was in office. Maybe that's influenced me a bit. Also if you roughly tally up the years the Liberal Party was in office for ~80 years vs the ~50 years for the Progressive Conservatives.

I've always felt that the Liberal Party... did more for the people. The things I think I care about are the personal freedoms... I felt it aligned with the Canada I thought we are or were.... whatever. There are so many people that live here from all over the World and you know how all those belief systems collide but it's the hope that we'll get along and respect each other and learn from each other. I am truly fascinated by all these different cultures and belief systems, why people wear what they do and what it represents. I don't think I have the time to really explain that or the words to express how I feel. I just felt the Liberal Party respected that. The Conservatives? Not so much. It started to feel like "This is Canada and in Canada you have to do things this way!" *scrunch up face and talk in a deeper, stern voice*. I think it was the fit over the niquab. From what I've heard the Conservatives want that removed in some aspects. Given that Canada is really comprised of immigrants I say you wear what you want! We have no right to strip you of that and tear down your belief system. I truly believe that there are women who want to wear them. Until the day comes when they choose to leave that at home... I cannot dictate that, I have no say in that, I need only respect that choice and hope they feel some pride in their background.

Wow, tangent.

A few other quick points just touch on women's rights (pro-choice. you want it or you don't, that's up to you and you do what you feel is right for you). Marriage of all kinds (gay, straight, whatever). I still get a little squeamish when I see same sex couples kissing and stuff. I've never had issues with the idea of gays and lesbians and I just felt you love who you love, it's how you feel and it can't be changed. Public displays of affection of any kind will make me look away cause I feel like I've suddenly found myself in a rather intimate situation and it's all mushy. I won't deny the tiny little part of me that is still not used to it because I have puzzled out that it's still probably because I like guys so girl kissing girl, guy kissing guy, it still catches me a little in the recesses of my brain.

Moving on.

So yes. I voted Liberal.

Here's the kind of catch for me and my understanding of voting here.

You have these parties. Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic, Green, Bloc Quebecois (I don't think I missed anyone). Each party has someone who will represent them form the very top and who will be Prime Minister if elected. Then, in all these.... ridings? I'm getting a little lost in what we call them but basically those MPs. So on a much smaller scale you have the 5 parties represented in each place and they, too, put forth a person who represents the party and that small area.

I start to get a little cranky with this. I don't know much about the people in my area, what the stand for, and I think the person for the Liberal Party is maybe a little too young and their resume isn't that great...

But I want to vote Liberal.

Heck, I am very sure I wanted Trudeau.

But did I really want this individual for my area? I'm not sure...

But to make my vote count of the Liberal Party I wanted in office... That's how I figure I had to cast my vote... I sort of wish I had a split ballot. One part is who I wanted in my area, the other is who I want to be Prime Minster.

I do know that Justin and our now elected MP, they're a face put forth. But they're not alone. It's a party I voted for. I voted for a whole group of people!

Justin has a lot of people he's working with that will help him. He's, what? Only 3 or 4 years younger than Harper when he was elected. He just happens to age a heck of a lot better. He's younger... he has ideas, passions, hopes and dreams and fears. Fresh eyes. Maybe we need that injection of youth to shake things up a little. I don't see how he can do that much damage. It really can't be that unusual to have a young person in a rather important seat. They can do surprising things.

That's probably the same faith I should have in our MP. She's young. She's never been in such an important and crucial role before. She's bound to make mistakes but I have hope that she will rise to the challenge. Maybe she'll help the party make some really great, important changes for Canada.

I have some high hopes. I have some fears. I wonder how much of our voices are really heard. I wonder if, these people we've elected, if they only hear their own voice....


I'll leave it at this for now. Off to bed with me!



3 blog comments below

I wish the US had more than 2 parties. Sadly most people blindly vote along 'party' lines. Sounds Communists to me.
standready on Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:11 pm
Well we might have more than 2 parties but with the way we go between the two... you wouldn't know it. Maybe someday the NDP or Green or the Bloc will rise up.
TheGremlyn on Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:40 pm
You've written some great blog posts in the past, but this one is a winner of winners! Cool

I love this part in particular:
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There are so many people that live here from all over the World and you know how all those belief systems collide but it's the hope that we'll get along and respect each other and learn from each other. I am truly fascinated by all these different cultures and belief systems, why people wear what they do and what it represents. I don't think I have the time to really explain that or the words to express how I feel. I just felt the Liberal Party respected that.

The reason I was attracted to Canada and became a Canadian. It's written into the Constitution. And yes, I agree respected by the Liberals more so than the Conservatives. Fortunately it's not a Government thing, but a Canadian thing. Born and bred.

I'm glad the Liberals won the election. However to tell the truth I've become very cynical about Governments all over the world, and also in Canada. A leader can make a difference, and particularly after Harper it won't take much in any person to do a better job, but the Government system regardless of Liberal or Conservative seems to be eroding the ability to create wealth everywhere - like Government getting fatter by the day and citizens taxed to death in the process and Government finding a million ways to separate citizens from their earnings - including colluding with the large Banking corporations. It's like this particular system is corrupting the process of governance.

Fortunately, what I've experienced in Vancouver Center when I was still living there is the Member of Parliament can make a difference, like Hedy Fry has been making over all of the years. It was very easy to vote for her whether one liked the Party Leader or not. She's become an Institution of sorts (became MP in 1993) and I'm happy she won the election again. So maybe the same can happen with your Member of Parliament. Regardless of who is leading the Party, she can make a difference.
deanhills on Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:26 pm



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