well, at least that's how I felt after Monday's upsetting election. I voted NDP, and it didn't matter in my riding, because the liberal incumbent got in. It also didn't matter to the rest of the country, who continued to vote in liberals and tipped the scales in favour of the conservative in the end. I voted knowing that the NDP would never win a federal election. Still, I wanted to express what I felt was for the best for me and for my country through voting. Unfortunately, my voice along with thousands of others singing the same song, was muffled by the loud and thundering footsteps of the Calgary Stampede, taking their show on the road to Ottawa."Finally, the west is in!" they shouted. That victory cry sounds just a tad ironic to my ears. After all, I live in Nova Scotia, have-not province of underachievers looking for a handout from the feds, funded by Alberta oil and Upper Canadian industry. Doesn't matter how hard we work for our living. Doesn't matter that our government gives away all our natural resources. Doesn't matter that our industries and our health are becoming depleted thanks to exploitation (yeah, let's re-open that coal mine in Sydney for the Aussies! After all, when those miners all get black lung, the Canadian health care system will pay for all their treatment!). I'm just not sure why the west has felt excluded from the country for so long – it seems to me, sitting in my beautiful home province, that the west has it pretty damn good compared to the east. We're stuck out here, separated by a language barrier in Quebec that seems to be like a brick wall that Ottawa can't hear past, cut off by a province in the middle of our country that wants out. What exactly would happen to the rest of us, the have-not little guys?
I am heartened in a strange way by the resurgence of the conservative vote in Quebec. While I don't understand why anyone would vote conservative, I am glad to see an air of federalism return to my francophone neighbours. I'm also somewhat encouraged that Harper won such a slim minority – smaller than even the last liberal government. Thank god the western voice isn't louder and more clear! And I'm also glad to see the NDP gain a little bit of momentum and strength. Their voice is needed in Ottawa, to make sure those Bush-lovers don't ruin the good thing we've got going on here in the Great White North.
My advice to Harper is a bit more vulgar than I normally like to be. Harper, better buy a big box of popsicles to practice with, 'cause it won't be long before you'll be under Bush's desk.