Passion in the Air = At Least You Went Out to Vote

STILLtrudeauShort__888335There is a passionate fever in the air across Canada today.  We have a new government and in usual Canadian fashion it was not a government chosen so much for it’s virtue as it was to get rid of the previous one.  That’s what we do in Canada.

At any rate, on this day after the numbers are in and Justin Trudeau begins to form  his highly mandated, majority government, there are still many angry people.  People who think their vote was wasted because the Liberals one and they voted for someone else or those who voted for someone else and the and the Conservatives won in their riding.

This is the great moment of democracy.  We can rant and rave and speak our minds.  We can be right, partly right, partly wrong or completely wrong but we can still say it out loud and not be afraid of the consequence.

In this election the voter turnout was higher than it has been in years and that is because people took notice.  Of particular note was the young vote.  Students and young people around the country exercised their vote, many for the first time.

Personally I am pleased with the outcome.  While I tend toward the values of the Green Party they only have one seat in Parliament and little known candidates in the ridings.  My vote this time was one which, because we have a single tier system doesn’t count in the big picture because the Conservative won in my in my riding.  I’m not very happy with that for reasons which are of little concern today but my vote, like many others I know was one which was “stratergic” in nature.  I voted for the party most likely to boot out our present Prime Minister and his party.  For most of Canada that kind of vote paid off.  (He resigned as party leader today – yea!).

What a system.  Not perfect by a long shot.  Considering the options which include Dictatorship (we were getting close), and Anarchy it is truly amazing.  You can go to the polls without fear.  You can cast a vote and tell your neighbours how you voted if you want to.  You can send letters to your Member of Parliament telling them how much you dislike what they are doing or not doing and you can also say you like what they are doing.  You can disagree with your friends on Facebook and twitter and still remain friends.  No one gets shot.  No one has to flee the country.  No one has to be ashamed of their stand because even if they are unformed that too is their right.

Way to go Canada.  It’s a good election that makes you mad enough to vote no matter who won.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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