A brief comment on Canada's recent election. (BTW, I was asked by our local newspaper to offer commentary on the election and was interviewed three times for this purpose. While it’s garnered lots of laughs, I found it necessary to make a correction to their mist recent column where I said I wasn’t a fan of the leaders castigating each other in the debate for yesterday’s news, not “castrating” each other as the reporter wrote! Especially allowing for Ms. May’s inclusion as part of the ensemble, I would not have used such an epithet. I’m just sayin’...)
Now, people seem upset to think we have a minority government as a result of the election. But I don't agree. When you have voters who are unconvinced about any party forming the government, I think a minority government forces the governing party - the winning party - to gain consensus and to govern by considering a wider mandate, and that's not all bad. In my case, I was unconvinced by any leader or by any federal party, so I decided to do what many of us do in federal elections: ignore the big ticket and look at those running in my riding: who will best represent me? And that's what I did: I voted for the person I felt would best represent me in Simcoe North.
Also, let’s recall that past minority governments have actually resulted in some good results, such as the introduction of Canada's health care system, the Canada Pension Plan and even our national flag. This can work... and avoid going back to the polls anytime soon!
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