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Friday, October 03, 2003

There was an election yesterday? Oh, yeah. 

Actually I did vote, considering I've only been back home for less than 2 weeks and had very little time to get a sense of who I ought to vote for.

But in the end, Dalton McGuinty and his merry band of Liberals prevail bigtime. Former premier Ernie Eves (quick, that page will change pretty soon!) is set to resign and contemplate why he wasn't quite the man to carry on the mandate of HarrisLand. Of course, Walkerton, the Big Blackout, and a sliding economy didn't exactly help matters for Ernie. But this bit of news couldn't have helped much:

"The voter turnout was low, which is unusual in an election where the government changes. Just over 52 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots, a sharp difference from 1999 when 58 per cent of voters went to the polls."

Yeesh. And I wonder, of those that voted, how many were seriously ambivalent about the process. Me included. The lovely thing about Canadian politics is that it inspires total apathy in its constituents because the candidates are just so unbelievably annoying. It's so much worse on the Federal level. The last time there was a viable opposition to the Liberals was....when Mulroney was PM and the Liberals were it (sorry, the Bloc Quebecois doesn't count.) The rot has seeped in so much that it's a fait accompli that Paul Martin--aka the Prince Charles of Canada--will finally ascend to his rightful spot on the Liberal throne. Gag. Nothing against Martin but for those of a decidedly younger generation, it's not exactly inspiring stuff.

I really, really miss the Natural Law Party. Maybe I'll take this up to soothe my nerves.


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