Well, here's the new Prime Minister. I watched the coverage of the election last night (mostly on the CBC). Here are some things I have to say.
1. Peter Mansbridge is hilarious. Consistently.
2. I don't want this government to screw around with my wedding plans (I'm likely going to write to Mr Harper this week about this).
3. At a certain point, as the numbers were being finalized, I found myself hoping that the Conservatives would gain a couple more seats, for no other reason than it would have put Jack Layton in a position of greater importance if those two parties totalled 155. But it wasn't to be.
4. I'm rather happy that Olivia Chow won my riding. I don't think I've ever voted for someone who won.... I enjoy seeing that my vote helped.
5. I love Kim Campbell. Peter Mansbridge interviewed her last night (she was in Madrid). (PS - have you ever heard of the Club of Madrid? There are 68 former heads of government who get together in Madrid to fight crime or some such; Kim Campbell is one of them. Very strange....)
6. Everyone on the TV was saying over and over last night that this minority government might last a while because Canadians don't want to go back to the polls again any time soon. I don't know who everyone was talking about, but this Canadian is ready for another election as soon as possible.
7. Maybe the Bloc Québécois, the NDP and the Liberals will form a coalition?
8. These are the times when one is happy to have dual citizenship. When the Handmaid's Tale scenario erupts in earnest all over North America, I'm hoping some kind heterosexuals will smuggle Chris and me to the British Consulate, where we'll be taken by helicopter to St.-Pierre et Miquelon and thence to Europe.
9. At least it's a minority.