Well, the polls are closed in Victoria, Calgary, and Durham, ON so it’s time for some results. Since the voters of Durham were foolish enough to stick with Oda after her first waves of scandal until she burned out from too much $16 orange juice, they obviously stuck with the party of election fraud, and voted another Conservative drone into Harper’s harem. In Calgary, things were much more interesting, as the Liberals and Greens both have returns thus far as well over 30% and 24% respectively. The Greens last time got 10%, so this may signal that Chris Turner is awesome, or that Calgary isn’t as the Conservative ‘majority’ suggests it is.
What the results in Calgary also show is that the Liberals, Greens, and NDP are going to have to co-operate before the next general election in order to game the system as the Conservatives have. Why pretend the old traditions matter, when doing so ensures national defeat and disgrace? As Brandon explains, it’s not like Canada is a functioning democracy right now anyway. It can be again, with the right people in power, willing to fix our democratic institutions upon election.
Before you get indignant and say, “We can’t ‘game the system,” I have to remind you that Harper did with election fraud, statistically demonstrated, with audio recordings and reporting in the media of the resulting crimes. By comparison, co-operating to decide using votes which candidates party leaders will authorize to run in specific ridings, is not a crime. We actually expect our politicians to work together to make our country better, except now they have to do it outside of the House, and where the personal stakes are higher. Are they up to the task?
Every single one of them is dreaming of the day they get to wield that power for themselves.
The day they get to reshape Canada in their image.
That’s why Canadians are left to *facepalm* as we watch the Left push and shove and denigrate one another.
While the Right stands quietly to the sidelines and snickers.
For some reason the Left has refused to learn the lesson that by helping each other we all win.
And so the Right takes the crown with the plurality of votes, under the shadow of a compromised Electoral process.
And Canadians end up the losers.
Let’s stop being losers, and set aside partisan politics for one whole year as if we were at war with an enemy hell bent on destroying our democratic systems our Greatest Generation fought tooth and nail to protect. It’s not so far-fetched a scenario.
UPDATE: There’s the little matter of Victoria too, tonight:
You should read this about Galloway in Victoria.
Well it’s almost 1am here, and it looks like the NDP has kept Victoria, with the Greens about 1100 votes behind, just 3%.
UPDATE: Turner adds his thoughts.