There 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.