I was incredibly saddened to hear the news about Jack Layton this morning from Deb. She had been saying she thought he was going to die. I wished it wasn’t true. Clearly he knew he was going to die. Why else would he have appointed an interim leader over the summer when not much is supposed to happen? He wanted to make sure the party was not leaderless during this time of crisis.
I have always loved Jack Layton. Ever since he became the leader of the NDP in 2003. As he fought in elections once couldn’t help but think he was a little delusional when he would say he was running for Prime Minister. During his last election campaign he came closer than any other leader of the NDP. Sadly, we will not know what he might have accomplished during the next election.
Fuck Cancer is all I have to say. It cuts short the lives of some amazing people. Fuck Cancer.
I heard some of Jack Layton’s remarks today and he gives me hope. He said that he is going to enforce discipline on his side of the house to bring an end to the snarky comments and heckling each other. He states he wants calm debate of the issues. I hope he is successful as it will definitely mark a change in Canada’s Parliament.
I think I just started a new series!
OK, here we go:
- I am not looking forward to seeing my mother. My weight is fluctuating and I feel fat. She will say something mean and I will be hurt. In my mind, I see myself asking her why she would say such hurtful things to me. I hope I can do it. I really wish she would just piss off about my weight. I do not say mean things about her smoking.
- The NDP “orange crush” – it was not a ‘crush’ that indicates overall support for the NDP. Like everyone who has voted NDP my entire life, I was thrilled with the seat count and the Official Opposition status. However, this is not real and meaningful change. This is one fickle province changing party en masse. Yes, Jack Layton has done a great job but we need to be mindful of what the election results really mean. The NDP is not going to win the next election.
- Trucks – has anyone noticed that big trucks seem to be blocking 2 lanes all the time? Seriously, it is becoming a huge problem on the Pitt River Bridge and the Maryhill Bypass. I can’t stand it. There is no way to get around them; they just travel side-by-side like motorcyclists! Isn’t there a law against this?
- Back on to the election – I am so freaking afraid of what Stephen Harper is going to do! I heard he is already making noise about going after In-Site – which is horrible*. Why on earth would you want to close down a place that saves the government money? If an addict ODs on bad heroin (hmmm, don’t we have some of that going around right now??) and a nurse gives her/him something to counteract it – the person does not die nor do they need extensive hospitalization. In-Site is compassion in action and Stephen Harper must ferret that out wherever it lives.
*Edited May 10, 2011 – I used a word in this post that was offensive. I have changed the word and I apologize to anyone I offended. I will make best efforts to not do this again.
Thank you Quebec. We have you to thank for preventing a Conservative majority government. Thank you for saving us from 4 (or perhaps more depending on whether Stevie decides to follow his own law) years of an arrogant, right-wing dickwad running roughshod over our rights. Stephen Harper has proven that he has the ability to control his candidates – no one really said anything too nutty. This time the gaffes were left to his Highness and his staff.
So, what did we learn? Well, we confirmed that Stephen Harper really is a control freak. How else do you keep the rabid right-wing nutbars from saying something stupid other than keeping them under your thumb? The CBC was reporting earlier that many of the Cons candidates were very hard to talk to at anytime. They singled out Dona Cadman as one of the most elusive candidates. Clearly the Conservative candidates were kept on tight leashes and party ‘stalwarts’ were trotted out to spew the doctrine according to Stephen. Lucky for us he made some key mistakes in Quebec particularly around funding for the arts.
What did we learn about Stephane Dion? Sadly, nothing. He can’t lead. He is a policy wonk who cannot speak perfect English. Someone pundit pointed out that it is acceptable in Canadian politics for English speaking leaders to get away with bad French but not the other way around. It is too bad that Stephane cannot express himself better in English and that we English speakers are not patient enough to listen. I suspect he has great things to say but his message is lost in the delivery. The backroom henchpeople are no doubt sharpening the knives to a very fine point even as we speak.
If there is one bright spot it is Jack Layton. The man is charismatic and he has something to say. He is passionate about Canada returning to a peace-keeping role, strengthening families, medicare and pharmacare. The NDP has increased their number of seats and are now within striking distance of the 43 won by Ed Broadbent at the NDP’s height. This is the best showing for the NDP in many, many years. I am buoyed by this result.
So, at the end of this very costly election what has changed? Not much. Just as I predicted we still have a Conservative minority government (I bow down to Quebec in gratitude) and the NDP made gains. The Cons made some gains too but not enough to put them in majority land. Merci bien Province de Quebec!
PS: Thank you Vancouver Central for re-electing Hedy Fry and sending Lorne Mayencourt packing back to his hell hole. Plus, to make Hedy’s victory even sweeter, Mayencourt had to resign his provincial seat to run!!