Cornwall ON – Well the Canadian people have spoken. This morning we wake up to a Harper majority government with the Conservatives picking up 167 of 308 seats in Parliament. It’s pretty clear.
We can talk about the politics of spin. We can talk about corruption. We can talk about dirty tricks, but at the end of the day Mr. Harper and his team have their wish.
Jack Layton and the NDP also have benefited. They get their first opportunity to be the official opposition. Their Quebec based push have all but destroyed the Bloc Quebecois and while that gives hope for us that would like to see a strong unified Canada I but wonder the effect and impact of a Harper majority on Les Belles Province?
We now can expect the Fighter jets to go through as there’s no way to stop them. The senate is probably safe too. The CBC, well I’m afraid to see what Mr. Harper and friends do to that institution…
The Long Gun Registry? Abortion rights? Civil rights? Choices? This election reminds me in many ways of the second Bush Jr. win. They had a tall sorta intellectual lose for the Democrats in that one; John Kerry, who even looked a bit like Mr. Ignatieff who somehow managed to do worse against Mr. Harper than Mr. Dion.
We can expect higher internet rates too as I don’t see Mr. Harper opposing the big telecoms now that the election is over.
A lot of civil servants are worried in Ottawa today about their jobs and futures; as are many Canadians after this election.
There’s a Chinese curse; something to the effect, “May you live in interesting times…”
Canada today and for the next four years is going to be living very interesting times….
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News