I am dreading Wednesday morning.
Because tonight, my kids got to stay up later than ‘New Year’s Eve’, in order to follow our Canadian election coverage. And, tomorrow morning, it will be I who has to drag them out of bed and get them on the school bus – and I am NOT a morning person at the best of times!
But it was worth it!
This Canadian election may have seen the lowest voter turnout in history (58%, if one can rely on the preliminary numbers), but this apathy was NOT descriptive of the atmosphere in our home. We went to vote as a family – with both kids observing and learning. My younger son’s class really got into the mechanics – not the politics (well, not officially, though he did seem to come away with the opinion that the guy who sat beside the lady was the only one with the wrong ideas during the debate) – of the election, and he was eager to see it up close and real. I must admit his enthusiasm was infectious.
He was aware that his hero, Ezra Levant, supported the Conservatives – that was all the leadership he needed. From the moment the results began to trickle in, he felt sad – the Conservatives were trailing. I explained that Atlantic Canada (especially Newfoundland) was a bastion of Liberals, and that as the results go West (perhaps with the exception of Toronto), we would see the Liberal numbers be overtaken by the Conservative ones.
We went over a graphic example how ‘higher popular vote’ could actually result in ‘fewer seats’, if some ridings were won by a slim minority while others lost by a landslide. And we discussed how having many (5, this time) political parties affects results, and how this can put an incredible amount of power into the hands of the few ‘independant’ candidates who got elected, and who would be wooed in a minority government where they just might hold the few deciding voices!
As the poll results were coming in, the Conservative numbers – both the number of seats and popular vote (and the popular vote seemed more important to him) – were rising. When they both rose above the Liberal ones, there was no holding back!
‘We’re pwning them!’ he called out and started punching the sofa, because he could not hold his excitement in any longer. As the hour got later, and the sofa looked quite defeated, we compromised. He would be allowed to stay up to see the results, as long as he limited himself to punching the air and stopped taking his excitement out on the furniture.
It was during Prime Minister Harper’s victory speech that he finally drifted off to sleep – but not before saying: ‘Mom, we SO pwned them! And our Prime Minister – he’s an Aspie like we are, isn’t he?’
While I am dissapointed that the Conservatives did not win a majority, I never really expected that they would. And with both the Liberal Party and the Green Party (like THEY really count now…still they failed to elect a single member) quite openly plotting the removal of their respective leaders – combined with Mr. Harper’s excellent ability to run a minority governmen (having run THE longest lasting minority government in the history of our lovely country) – I do have to agree with my son: ‘We SO poned them!’
It’s just the process of getting everyone up and off to school/work tomorrow morning that I dread! Perhaps I should try to fall asleep – if only I could get the adrenaline out of my blood stream…
Note: this post has been edited for spelling, as per a reader noticing my error (see comments).
Yes, I am pretty fed up with politics already…but this one – it needs to be seen to be believed.
Mr. Dion clearly understood the question – at several points – then chooses to not answer anyway. Please, pay attention to the increase in his rate of blinking while the question is being asked the second time around….after it had been explained. He ‘gets’ the question – he just hasn’t got an acceptable answer.
I wish I could take credit for this joke, but I heard it on the radio this morning. A caller to a show said it – so I don’t even know whom to attribute it to. But, it is excellent!
(For any non-Canadian readers: our current Prime Minister, Steven Harper, is a conservative – and it appears that 99% of the media people in Canada are fighting a valiant battle to ensure he is not re-elected…even though Canadian people like him. The media have systematically villified him, reported bad things – and blown them out of proportion – and failed to even mention positive things. It is several orders of magnitude more pronounced than what the liberal media in the US is doing, yet most of them are honestly blind to it and think themselves ‘objective’.)
So, without more ado, here is the joke:
Yesterday, Prime Minister Harper walked across the Ottawa River with bare feet.
Today’s media headlines: HARPER UNABLE TO SWIM!!!
This is so exciting!
Brash, outspoken, and fearless… Originally, he actually ran for office as a Liberal – but his wisdom increased with years (or his patience ran out with the excesses of the Liberal party). Either way, he is now a staunch conservative, not afraid to speak up. (Actually, I doubt he was EVER afraid to speak up!)
With a record for having had the longest-running talk show in North America, this man knows what he speaks of! Known for exposing the holes in Canada’s education system by asking University students where the St. Lawrence Seaway is – which, mostly, they are unable to answer, he is an outspoken critic of just about everything that is silly, wasteful, or makes little sense.
And, make no mistake about it, politicians of all stripes listen (or have their minions listen) to Lowell’s morning show on CFRA. Many have been known to phone in – like us regular folk – and talk to him.
He is also an outspoken champion of our veterans. Whenever some of our Vets looked like they were going to be left out of some celebrations overseas, Lowell let fly from his pulpit microphone: within minutes, the funds necessary to send them over were raised and some politician (like, say, the minister in charge of veteran’s affairs) called his show to pledge government support of them. Whenever a vet has a problem, you can count on Lowell to stand and fight for him!
But not just vets… Just before Christmas, an elderly couple was robbed, all the presents for their grandkids stolen. The distraught lady called Lowell, and he comforted her. Not only did she get offers to drive her visually impaired husband to his medical appointments that day, and – despite her protests – people kept bringing money by the station to help replace the stolen presents.
That is just the kind of guy Lowell is – genuine, good and looking out for the ‘little guy’.
A pain in the ‘you-know-where’ – but a genuine, good person. Our online community will be better, now that he’s joined us!