I just really don't understand this province. They keep falling for the lies, time and time again. They elect thieves and liars without a second thought. They were willing to once again believe a party that was PROVEN to have lied to them in the past.
We drank the Liberal kool-aid, again. We never learn. The Liberal Party of Canada is ripping the fabric of this nation apart, and doing so be touting themselves as the sole party with a divine right to govern. Ontario, you've just given a bloody nose to Quebec and Alberta... you've once again voted for the party that has insulted these provinces over and over again.
Ontario has once again supported the rending of this nation between urban and rural... rural wants to go right, urban wants to go left. The major urban centres east of Manitoba are Liberal fortresses, and B.C. went to the NDP. Calgary and Edmonton went Tory... no surprise, as many there are more likely to understand the issues of urban vs. rural. [UPDATE: Looks like I'm not the only one
to notice this]
The rest of the country has figured this out... why can't we? Quebec figured it out, and voted for a new Federalism. They sent 10 Conservatives to Ottawa. Atlantic Canadians have figured it out... they increased their support for the Tories, though it only translated into two more seats. In B.C., well, we lost five seats, but the NDP picked them up... it's a vote for change and not corruption, regardless.
And then there's my riding, Guelph... Gullible Guelph. Oh yes, we got scared and drank the kool-aid too... 5000 people did. Dupped. They have no clue what they've done... just voting for the status quo because the Liberals said things will be bad if we vote for change. Our Liberal MP has been on the backbenches of the government for 12 years, and done little... how much can she accomplish for this city from the backbenches of the Opposition? Yea, I thought so.
Well, all is not lost. We will FINALLY get to the bottom of the garbage that's been going on in Ottawa for the last 10 years. (the first two or three years of the Liberals were OK, other than the helicopter thing) Canada has voted for the best Prime Minister to come along in 50 years... Stephen Harper. He's a very cerebral man, a bridge builder, a consensus leader. Canada does not really know him at all... he's not a scary, power hungry leader.
He's a quiet, mild-mannered person who will change forever the face of Ottawa... and NOT in the negative ways that the Liberals would have you believe. He'll be able to restore relations with the US, and WILL NOT bow to George W. Bush. He'll show Canada that we can be a nice neighbour, and will help in pulling down the 12 foot high brick wall we've built, and work with our neighbour to maintain a nice, solid, three foot picket fence, over which we can chat and agree to disagree, and over which our goods can be easily passed, whilst still keeping out the noisy, yappy dogs that we don't like. (like Michael Moore, perhaps?)
Mr. Harper will be able to show Quebec that Canada does want them to stick around, and that it will be in their best interest, but he won't give away the farm to keep them here. (and that our hockey teams will be able to win more games as one, rather than two)
Mr. Harper won't be forgetting the concerns of cities, which so many think he will. He wants ALL PARTS of this nation to succeed, not to hobble one in preference to the other... which has been Liberal policy for 40 years now. (NEP anyone?)
Canada, relax. Everything is going to be fine. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is going to build consensus, implement some really good programs, and win over Canadians. This country is going to move ahead, and no one is going to get left behind. Oh sure, you're going to hear some on the left screaming loud, protests here and there about nothing, but that's all those nutbars do, so just ignore them. If you have issues, contact your MP... I've found that Conservative MP's typically are much better at responding than other parties, based on my own experience.
Let's work together to build, not tear down. There are solutions to our problems, and together, we can work towards solving them.
Here's to our new Conservative government, and to our next Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper!