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So long poll booth, see you in another 24-28 months!

January 24, 2006

I woke up this morning not feeling too shabby about the Conservative minority mostly because I had fully resigned myself to such a case about a week ago. This election campaign was by far the most exciting I have ever witnessed in this country. I had the wicked shakes while watching the CBC coverage last night, my riding (Trinity-Spadina) had an unbelievably close race with a positive ending as far as I'm concerned. Some thoughts on the Libs getting torn a new one...

2004's election gave us a Liberal minority that saw some very very desperate times and culminated with a savage re-election campaign this year. They tried everything to claw themselves to the top but ended up making the Conservatives look like sweet little bunny rabbits. Poor work. The new Tory minority government seems low on desperation and high on hope. A minority is just peachy for a party that has had severe problems with image and with unity among its own ranks. Still, Stephen Harper won because Paul Martin lost.

Ah-Hi-Five, Parkdale! See ya, Bulte (Liberal), we knew yee only too well. Many cheers for the voters, Micheal Geist, all the bloggers and journos who spread the word, and of course for Peggy Nash, the new NDP MP. You GO girl!

I can't believe Ignatieff (Liberal) snuck through by 4990 votes. Good thing he has some tough skin for all that heckling he's going to suffer. My distaste for his shifty appointment (and crazy ass views and evident arrogance) has been sweetened because it is one less riding for the Conservatives and let's be honest...the man is a dreamboat.

Olivia Chow (NDP) finally won in my riding with 3667 votes over incumbent Tony "Thug Life" Ianno. I was initially going Green but the race was very close and I'm glad I put my say in for Chow, I hope she serves us well in da House. I think she will provide a progressive voice in the new parliament, all she has to do is utter a peep and she will have done more than Ianno (Canada's laziest MP).

Overall the NDP did make great gains even if they fell short of holding the balance of power by one seat. This happening for the second election in a row must be a terribly disappointing feeling but they won't be left out in the cold when it comes to all the steamy policial action. The NDP and Liberal seats combined number higher than the Conservative seats...that's got to count for something.

The Conservatives did not manage to get a single seat in all of Toronto (23 ridings) but scored two seats in the Greater Toronto 905 area with Tony Clement and Jim Flaherty. Why are these two still around and still winning? They fucked things up for Ontario under Mike Harris and now they are Harper's 'in' when it comes to Toronto.

The Accountability Act will be dealt with first, then the budget. The defence spending, capital gains tax, transit credits will be haggled out with all parties invovled later in the year. Harper would be smart to work with all the parties perhaps shutting out the Bloc because I bet he's been wanting to try that shit out for ages. He needs to keep the Social Conservatives in check. This means no same-sex marriage votes and no letting people flap on about reproductive rights, especially all them cowboy Art Hangers. Should be interesting to see which opposition party will provide the Tories with the support they need to survive (NDP?).

Surprised to hear that Paul Martin has stepped down as leader of the Liberal party, poor guy. He has had a rough session. I would not have guessed these exit circumstances for a man who played more than a fair part in strengthening our economy to current levels. Such is this dirty game of ups and downs, au revoir M. Martin, hope to see you on the CBC during the next election perhaps. The race is on for leadership, I'm going with Frank McKenna (current ambassador to the U.S.) but others like the once-thwarted Martin Cauchon or John Manley or Michael Ignatieff or Belinda Stronach are sure to want a shot.

"You know what, you can never lose when you follow your heart." Thanks, Belinda. You know what, you will never have my vote with that coming out of your mouth.

Harper needs to stop wearing Cleopatra eyeliner effective immediately. And the dusty rose lips? Come on.

Incapable of making a straight decision...this is my kind of country...ladies and gents I present to you Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

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posted by Neha
5:14 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard he touched bernard lord's bum once, and bernie plum dropped the will to power... suprised he didn't ruin dinner! i mean the election.

ccc-shudder-ccconservative as he may be, if bernard lord touched my bum i'd drop my DRAWERS. that is one small "t" tightassed sexpot!

ps- good call on parkdale neha.

1/24/2006 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

ooo gettin hot up in here, good call on bernie, seera. he's a sweet one.

i think our govt. needs more sex scandals. i'm waiting for the layton-chow sex tape leak...'one night in the O.C.'

damn tories, just when i was getting adjusted i read a fool article about stockwell day's chance of getting appointed to foreign affairs. STOCKWELL DAY.

1/25/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That shit is retarded, the man fucking believes the earth is 9000 years old. Good choice Harper, I cant wait to see what hes going to say or if they will keep him on a leash and a muzzle.
Let the goodtimes roll.

1/25/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice write-up!

Stockwell as foreign minister - God help us all!

Good call on Olivia Chow Neha - she'll be great for the House. Btw, Art Hanger is the MP for my riding! :)

Martin's departure, though sad, I think (importantly) signals the end of the Chretien era stalwarts and opens up the field for candidates who can disassociate themselves from the corruption scandal - they'll have a more level playing field against the Tories in the next election. Manley's return will not be constructive. My money's on McKenna as well!

1/25/2006 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

I should clarify that I read the whole Stockwell bit in today's 'Metro' so it could very well be Toronto Star-fuelled Liberal propaganda. Fingers crossed...

1/25/2006 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna bump that stillepost for me girl? Yeah, thanks...
Can I post our flyer up in this ish?
Is that even possible?

1/26/2006 10:19:00 AM  

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