Cornwall ON – May Day, May 1st has been associated with organized labour for an awfully long time. During WW2 the Nazi’s tried to make it their day to pull from the Communists who were for so long synonymous with organized labour around the world.
On May 1st the US announced that it had shot and killed Osama Bin Laden as reported world wide.
It’s sucking the air out of most other headlines world wide today including our election here in Canada.
From reading various media reports the official spin is that Mr. Bin Laden was finally found after all these years in Pakistan and that US forces zoomed in.
Mr.Bin Laden was offered surrender, refused and was shot and killed with his body being buried at sea after following Muslim traditions.
It’s odd and weird in a sense. Conspiracy theorists are already scribbling all over the internet about it with many interesting summations.
Sadly this news is causing a buzz here in Canada where it’s election day. We here in Canada have a very big choice to make. According to most polls Mr. Harper will not be getting his majority. The polls also have the Orange surge breaking past Quebec and vaulting Mr. Layton into official opposition.
Some ridings of interest; it looks like Thomas Mulcair will have repelled the challenge from former Liberal MP Martin Cauchon and in Saanich it looks like it’s going to be a race to the wire for Green Party leader Elizabeth May. The NDP are doing well in her riding too and splitting the vote to the point where she may fail in her attempt to gain her seat; something that may cause the demise of the party in Canada as their National numbers are lower in the polls. In my riding it looks like the incumbent, Conservative MP Guy Lauzon will benefit from vote splitting and eke his way back in spite of personal and professional scandals, and a lack lustre performance in the campaign and during his last term in the riding.
Mr. Lauzon’s non handling of the bridge crisis has been booed at debates as has his ability to impact the area when it comes to jobs. His campaign lobbying regarding our airport expansion has also been criticized as he’d been near silenced about it prior and not shown any support to municipal efforts for expansion.
Spring is a time for change, and it looks like the Canadian political scene is changing. Personally I hope that this election sends a very loud message to our politicians that our votes do count.
That you can’t just keep selling out Canadian citizens. That putting industry reps into governing agencies isn’t something that’s good for Canada; that Canadians really want better internet service, and respect for what we are trying to do in Canada. We want Medicare, we want balanced budgets, and yes, even surpluses to reduce our debt load. Mostly, we want out votes to count and those we vote for to LISTEN TO US.
I hope that message is heard. I hope that Canadian politicians listen.
And I hope that as many of us go out and vote today, and not get distracted by foreign headlines.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News