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Dept. of Woo-Hoo!

Buh-bye, Stephen.

Yes, yes, I know he kept his own riding. 

But his party lost. And he's going to resign his party leadership. 

Yes, the party I'd have voted for if I were still living in Canada managed to scuttle itself right back down to third party also-ran status. Bad NDP, no cookies ... but ... but - 

The fucking Conservatives are out of power. 

Out. Of. Power. 


So, Justin? You'd best do a good job.

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/383059.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.


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Oct. 20th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm currently watching Justin's speech after a five-hour marathon. And, yes, I have a lot of commonalities with the NDP too, but in this campaign I preferred the Liberal platform. Regardless, HARPER IS GONE!!!

(And in my own riding, the Conservative MP and Minister for Science and Technology who has been described as "an embarrassment" is GONE!).

A wonderful night. An incredible achievement. And a victory for Canada.
Oct. 20th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm more than happy to see the Liberals do well, and if the NDP have some self-discipline they can rise again.

As long as I can tell Harper to go to hell? I'm happy.

Oh, you had to deal with Ed Holder? Glad to know he's gone!
Oct. 20th, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
*Throws confetti!!*


Oct. 20th, 2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'd say that Conservatives losing elections in general is an instant win. xD
Oct. 21st, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
Heh - so right!
Oct. 22nd, 2015 08:00 am (UTC)
Like watching baseball today, rooting for the Chicago Cubs (who lost to the New York Mets): whichever team won, it still wouldn't be the St. Louis Cardinals.

(Applying sportsball analogy ironically, as election outcomes affect the real world far more than US baseball ever does.)
Oct. 22nd, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, my god, please don't mention the Cubs! Even a judicious application of tiramisu gelato and red velvet cupcakes last night didn't salve the pain. And today I'm sick. Coincidence? I think not ....

But yeah, at least the Cards went down before us. Sigh.
Oct. 22nd, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make Cubs fans. *solemn nod*

(Not that I actually give a rat's arse about baseball, but they're the team that I don't give a rat's arse about, if you follow.)
Oct. 21st, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, youdambetcha!!!!
Oct. 20th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of NDP supporters who voted Liberal this time around because the nightmare needed to end. Combine that with the Orange Crush being less about the NDP being embraced by Quebecers than the Bloc and Liberals shooting themselves in their feet in 2011 and you have the big drop. It didn't help that Mulcair was on the wrong side of the niqab issue from the pov of many fairly xenophobic Canadians.

Regardless of the hurt for the NDP, the alien Quisling has been defeated and for that I rejoice.
Oct. 21st, 2015 01:57 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of NDP supporters who voted Liberal this time around because the nightmare needed to end.

Yeah, I figured there was a hell of a lot of strategic voting this time around. I feel bad about the NDP, because they match my political views most closely, and I actually like Mulcair, but I think you're right about Quebec.

the alien Quisling

I love that phrase; and man, did he ever seem alien!
Oct. 20th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
Happy for you and jealous, all at the same time. Can we have some? : )

Edited at 2015-10-20 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely wish we could have some.

(The sad thing is that, because I don't live in Canada, and therefore don't have a home riding, I haven't been able to vote in Canadian elections since coming to the States in 1981. At the same time, since I haven't taken out citizenship here, I'm not able to vote here (and it costs almost $1,000 to become a citizen, an amount I rarely have hanging around.) The end result? I've been effectively disenfranchised for 34 years, and it's almost completely my fault.)
Oct. 21st, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I ask what a "home riding" is?

Yikes, a grand to become a US citizen?

You really are a woman without a nation, eh? I've had that happen a couple of times when I was between states, but usually only for a year-ish. I missed two mid-term elections (that I can recall) because I was neither here nor there. Mostly I just didn't get registered quickly enough. It was frustrating, because both times IIRC the GOP won in a landslide. : ( The last time I moved (from NH to MA), registering to vote was one of the first things I did.
Oct. 21st, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
I don't mind your asking at all: a "riding" is like a legislative district. It's called a riding in Canada because that's the name for district in England as well (or at least it used to be, and I'm pretty sure it's the same now.) As I recall, they used that name, because your district was supposed to be the amount of land you could ride around in one day. Of course, that may be apocryphal.

And yes, eight years ago, it cost just under a grand, which we were told covered the costs of an FBI background check and "biometrics" (which pretty much are fingerprints, and maybe a face scan. I was going to go for my citizenship then, in order to vote the GOP out of the White House; I'd saved the money up, and then our car's engine block cracked. There went my citizenship ....
Oct. 30th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's very cool about the "riding"--thanks for the explanation!

Yikes--citizenship vs. a car. That's crazy money for what you get, IMO.

My parents had to give up a planned vacation once to use the money toward a new car. They're such a necessary evil. : / But the car is still in the family, 15 years later, now being driven by my niece, so it wasn't a total waste. : )
Oct. 31st, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's amazing how day-to-day troubles can scuttle longer range needs.
Oct. 21st, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)

I was torn on whether to vote red or orange because I wasn't particularly impressed by either, but the blue eldritch horror has finally been removed and that's the main thing. I'm also more than a little bit amused by the wave of tweets proclaiming us to now have the prettiest political leader.
Oct. 21st, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
blue eldritch horror


Along with maruad's "alien Quisling," I do believe we can begin to sketch out the true feelings of most Canadians towards Mess'rs Harper and company.

I find the "prettiest political leader" funny, since they mostly illustrate those tweets with pics from four to five years ago, before Trudeau had done the perfectly natural filling out that a man his age often does. That doesn't mean he's not still a fine figure of a national leader, but he's a little less striking than he once was.

Also - you're looking at his looks, world? Really? Really???

Edited at 2015-10-21 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely clear where he fell on the incompetence/malevolence scale of political objectionability, but I gather that nobody's particularly sorry to see him go except him, yes? (I actually watched the election-night coverage all night on CSPAN, and not just because it's one of the few channels we didn't lose to our own austerity measures...) But I'm having a hard time adjusting to the notion that we now live in the future where the generation named "Justin" is becoming heads of state...
Oct. 22nd, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely clear where he fell on the incompetence/malevolence scale of political objectionability,

Hmmm. On the malevolence scale? 11 out of 10.

Competence? He tried, far too successfully, to dismantle some of the things about Canada that made it Canada, including the single payer system, which he managed to erode. He touted the military, yet took money from it, and abandoned the vets, at least in terms of not paying for their hospitals well. He had people in his cabinet, and Conservatives that he appointed to the Senate (an appointed thing in Canada) who were incompetent, corrupt, or both.

tl:dr: awful, fucking man. Awful, awful, awful, terrible, bad, no good man. The term "eldrith horror" has been used, possibly in one of the responses above ....
Oct. 22nd, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, so one of the ones who was doing it on purpose instead of just blundering around? Not that they don't both end badly for everyone else, but some of the damage from stupid is easier to clean up after later, if only because nobody wants to admit to having really truly thought it was a good idea... :/
Oct. 31st, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
You are remarkably astute. No, this bastard was deliberately doing what he did; the new government isn't even all the way in, but some of the departments that Harper's people had damaged are already unilaterally reversing policies that had been forced on them.
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