I’ve been writing too much about this, but this past week has been historically interesting Canadian politics. The good news is is that I’m tired of writing about it. So I will (try to) be brief:
1. Quebec election – I didn’t vote. I arrived at home in Kingston on Friday, and the election was yesterday. I do feel bad, this is the first of any vote that I didn’t participate in, but I’ve only been a Quebec resident for three months, and I will likely leave 2 years before the next election is even called, making my vote that much less valued. I would have voted for the Greens (or maybe for Mr. Charest if his position looked compromised), but he won his majority. Here’s a man I would love to see re-enter federal politics. He’s a brilliant strategist and has done some decent things for Quebec. He also can actually communicate.
2. Liberal party – It’s truly amazing to see how quickly governments can work when they actually want to. It makes the rest of the public service look a bit shameful after witnessing how quickly this whole thing went from a “strong coalition government” to a floundering opposition to 3 Liberal leader candidates fizzle to 1. In the matter of days. The party made the right decision in my mind – Ignatieff is the clear choice, and the right man to take on Harper. Let’s just see how the Conservative machine spins this over the next few weeks, and how the Liberal machine responds.
3. Two reasons why Canada is a small and insiginficant international power – (i) I saw next to zero press coverage internationally on the biggest political week in decades, and (ii) the leaders of our parties are never elected democratically. Does that bother you? Ignatieff is now the leader more or less, and we have no say in if we wanted him to lead the party or not. Maybe it’s a good thing – we’re saving millions of dollars on campaigning and elections, time on learning about all the various candidates and their platforms. However I feel like the parties would benefit from our choices, and things like the Dion catastrophe would never have happened. All in all, being small and unmighty has its clear upsides – we’re much less responsible for destroying the world.
4. I feel bad for Stephane Dion – If this man was a tween, he would be calling Kids Help Phone every bloody night. He must be crying himself to sleep, he gets picked on every day and his own (Liberal) family doesn’t even want him around. And although it’s big, there’s really only one thing wrong with him – he just doesn’t know how to get his ideas across. Stephane, go back to Université de Montréal, I’m sure people will love you there as you were loved before.