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Election

Here, let the Winchester's sum up my feelings for me:




A sad day for Canada. I'm extremely disappointed in a lot of my countrymen...also our entire electoral process, which really needs to be fixed. Sadly, it's not going to be fixed by the party that most benefits from it being broken.

Anyway...here's to another four years of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer and our country being run by corrupt jackasses. 

Oh, and a fond fare-the-well to women's rights, gay rights, and arts and culture funding...ETA: a sad goodbye also to the environment, net neutrality, and fair copyright laws. 

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ria_oaks
May. 3rd, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
I agree with the Winchesters and add this to the conversation:



Cas in not amused.

(and oh god, now I'm scared - do you think he'd try again to overturn same-sex marriage? *cracks knuckles* He better not. And ugh, practically all the arts funding is already gone... and we can say goodbye to the rest. ;_; Coming as I do from a family largely in the arts, that's scary.)

BOTH of my ridings are blue again. Woe. Well, they have been for the past 2 years, but... sigh.
hells_half_acre
May. 3rd, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
I know. My sister is an artist and makes her money in the arts as well - or at least tries to.

And arg...this is just horrible on so many levels. I'd like to think that they'd have a revolt on their hands if they tries to overturn same-sex marriage - but then, I thought there'd be no way Canada would elect someone who was FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT!

*infinite sadfaces today*

Sorry about your ridings too :( That super sucks.
cordelia_gray
May. 3rd, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
I BLAME ONTARIO.

Other bad things: terrible copyright and internet freedom legislation, and a complete lack of any environmental protection & action on climate change.
hells_half_acre
May. 3rd, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
I ALSO BLAME ONTARIO! AND OUR STUPID ELECTORAL SYSTEM!

And AAAHH! THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE INTERNET! I forgot about them! THEY ARE TWO OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS and they are going to be RUINED FOREVER! This is horrible - an absolutely horrible day in Canadian history.
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ratherastory
May. 3rd, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
I am sad for Canada, but SO FUCKING PROUD OF MY PROVINCE I CAN'T EVEN. \o/

Go Québec for finally getting your heads out of your asses and voting for a legitimate federal alternative!
hells_half_acre
May. 3rd, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
That's true! If there is a silver-lining here, it's how absolutely awesome Quebec is!! Yay for you guys!! :)

I'm still gutted about the country as a whole, but yeah, Quebec totally kicked ass tonight. Congrats!
cordelia_gray
May. 3rd, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Go Quebec!

Ontario sucks :(
jeymien
May. 3rd, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I am so with you. I find myself wondering if the Americans have a smarter system with 2 parties. 60% of Canada said no to the Conservatives. But the Conservatives got a majority government. Atleast the BQ is all but dead now. And Layton's NDP may just make a good opposition..
hells_half_acre
May. 3rd, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
I still think our multi-party system is better than the American's 2 party system, You have a slew of other problems with a 2 party system.

What's broken is our system of voting - it really guts me to think that when it was put to a vote last time, Canada was either uneducated on why it was better (or just shooting themselves in the foot) and voted the reform down. If we had that system in place, this wouldn't have happened.

Of course, the other problem is that the Conservatives have successfully convinced the media that "Coalition" is a bad thing. If the public hadn't been duped and had supported the idea of a Coalition, this wouldn't have happened and we'd actually have a government that represented us made up of Liberals and NDP. Something that's not possible anymore under a Conservative Majority.

I kind of feel like staging a massive revolt, quite frankly, but I'm well aware that my countrymen are far too apathetic for such things.
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mika_kun
May. 3rd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm irritated by the Conservative majority and I feel bad for Ignatieff (not getting elected in his ridding after such a dismal election must be humiliating and I always feel bad when people are humiliated) I'm kinda excited to see what the NDP are going to be like as the Official Opposition. (And hells yes BQ going down!)
hells_half_acre
May. 3rd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I also feel bad for Ignatieff. (Oddly, I do not feel bad for Duceppe though). The NDP certainly have their work cut out for them trying to oppose all the bullshit the Cons now have the majority power to do.

Seriously horribly day for Canada over all. I think it'll be up to the general populace to protest a lot of the legislation that's going to come out of this - but I worry that Canadians have become too apathetic (or too trusting) when it comes to the government.
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hells_half_acre
May. 4th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sigh...

I really hope it's only 4 years and that they don't f*ck up the country even more than they already have...or at least, they don't f*ck it up as much as they COULD.
marlowe78
May. 7th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I find it fascinating, these reactions I can read here. I only stumbled over the newspaper-article, but I didn't read it - I certainly will do that now.

I'm really sorry for this outcome, especially if it means all what you said in your post. And I like your idea of starting a revolution: why not? Why say "man, the other's won't do it, so we won't win and therefore, why even start".
Because that's exactly the reason why so many people didn't vote: "it won't make a difference". And that's wrong. It does make a difference (even though I really have no clue about your voting-system, I assume that if more people make their crosses, there would've been a different outcome), so if you choose to start the Great Canadian Revolution, fighting for peace, arts and the right to marry who you love, I'll be sitting over here and wave a flag - and I'll damn well support you! (I might send cookies. I'm good at smuggling cookies!)

I just checked. We had a the lowest voting-participation in 2009 since 1949, but it was still 70% - *wipes sweat away* - I feared worse, actually. Still, I think it's really sad that so many people who HAVE the right to give some input into their country's politics refuse to do so, when all over the world other people fight to even are allowed to vote freely. It's not that we have to fear to get blown away! (well, not that much, anyway)

So, my best wishes to you and your Revolution. And all the best to you, let's hope your new "boss" isn't allowed to do too much damage...
hells_half_acre
May. 7th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support! I think what I'll do is support the people who are already trying to start a revolution (Canadian style)...that way I don't have to do all the organization work myself. ;)

Thankfully, it's not like he can take away our right to vote in the next 4 years (I'd like to believe people wouldn't remain apathetic if he did that), so hopefully in four years time the other political parties will be strong enough to get into power and they can fix things.

I was really disappointed by the recent British referendum too, because they could have led the way with a better, more democratic, voting system, and they chose not to. Sigh...

Anyway, yeah, congrats on your 70% voting turnout! I hope it remains there or higher as the years go on. :)
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