"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 20 October 2015


Well...well....well....I can't say I'm surprised by the outcome of the election.

I don't think  anyone should be. 

Justin is the new Wonder Boy and he has a healthy majority. 

On the morning after the night before, the media is acknowledging the obvious,voters were intent on defeating the Harper Party and they didn't choose the NDP to do it.

On  Election night, the talk is always about  success and failure of various campaigns.. 

None of the talking heads ever give voters  credit for making the choice. 

Yet obviously, as always, the decision was their's to make. 

I am looking forward to seeing what percentage of the voters actually turned out and what was the  generation bracket. 

Instinct auggests the irreverent social media had much to do with the outcome . A force was unleashed new to Canadian politics. If it impacted this election, it will have ten times  the  impact on the next.

And It will start immediately.

There is no party loyalty. No wide-eyed innocence.

What they did to Harper,they can and will do elsewhere ....and twice as hard. 

I think our local situation may have improved with the result. 

It remains to be seen. 


Anonymous said...

It is too bad the NDP took such a hit in Quebec over the Harper veil nastiness. Hopefully some of their policies
will be reflected as the Liberals move forward.

Anonymous said...

I think & hope that Canada might be a better place now. But Ms Wynne had best not believe that the liberal sentiment carries over to her in any way.

Anonymous said...

Fantino out. Blair in. I don't want to see Mr Blair as a Cabinet Minister, please.

Anonymous said...

What class!

In his concession speech last night Harper made no mention of the fact that he will be stepping down, resigning, quitting, leaving, as party leader.

Most defeated leaders of political parties announce their decision to do so during their concession speech.

But not Stevie H. That goodie had to await a statement this morning from Conservative Party President John Walsh. He "is stepping down as party leader but will continue to sit as an MP."

Does anyone want to guess for how long?

Anonymous said...

"I am looking forward to seeing what percentage of the voters actually turned out..."

Preliminary figures are at 68.49%, the largest turnout since 1993.

Anonymous said...

' til moving day . I expect there will be no shortage of outfits applying to pack him and his belongings up.

Anonymous said...

And the longest campaign in modern Canadian history.

Anonymous said...

The air in "Our Town" is suddenly sweeter and cleaner.

Anonymous said...

"Defeat by Trudeau is the ultimate insult for Harper" The Globe and Mail

Commment from John T.

"Stephen Harper wakes up this morning with Naheed Nenshi as his Mayor, Rachel Notley as his Premier and Justin Trudeau as his Prime Minister.

Karma is a b*tch, Stephen."

Christopher Watts said...

"Instinct suggests the irreverent social media had much to do with the outcome."

The 2011 was touted at Canada's first social media election. Here's the G&M's take:

With the second all wrapped up here is Facebook's Head of Public Policy Kevin Chan's summary of traffic on their network and how it breaks down:

Here's an October 18th CBC piece on "Social media's significance oversold amid election hype": http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-social-media-1.3277007

One conclusion that arrived at is "Social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook are designed to connect people to each other. They are about two-way conversations. But politicians tend to be much more comfortable using them to pump out one-way messages than engage in genuine dialogue."

One shared by this digital journal piece:

"judging by the feeds of the Canadian parties, whether on Facebook or Twitter, social media isn't being used to its best abilities: more often than not, the Libs, New Democrats and Tories are using social networks to bullhorn their platform messages and promote policy, instead of having that conversation the medium could engender. Sure, Trudeau had a live Q&A via Facebook, but it's a rare bright spot in a grey desert of social engagement."

Anonymous said...

What's Mr Harper going to DO ? Outside of a brief stint as a mail clerk, I don't think he's ever had a private sector job.
He would not be a good one to have moping around the house with nothing to do.

Anonymous said...

12:47 - What do most PM's or Premiers do after they get booted or retire?(same thing). Books, tours or consult. He will be in demand around the country and world for various work and events.