Tuesday, June 29, 2004

after the election

I slept better than usual last night. The Tories didn't win. The NDP got a balance-of-power position.

It'll be fun to read right-wing pundits in the next few days, as they try to figure out what went wrong with their dreams of a Canada with Stephen Harper at the driver's seat. Look forward to articles harping on the "cowardice" of Canadian voters to make a significant change, their failure to entirely turf the bums out. Maybe I should pick up a copy of the Post or Sun today, for a laugh...

OK, picked up the other papers. Here's the headlines in case you missed them:
Globe and Mail: ONTARIO RESCUES MARTIN
Toronto Star: MARTIN: WE GOT YOUR MESSAGE
National Post: LIBERAL MINORITY
Toronto Sun: There are plenty of...RED FACES!

The latter was especially sour in its mood, finding fault with voters who seemed crazy voting for a "tax-and-spend" government, disparaging voters for getting "the government they deserve". Howlers from the Sun include:

"Smug Socialists" - a columnist's term for Toronto city council, who they feel will be all too happy with a Lib-NDP combo.

"Laughing like a kid who had eaten too much birthday cake he marvelled at how the party earned more than four times the votes over last election" - a CP report on Green Party leader Jim Harris

"Traitor. Man of principle. Turncoat." - an opening description for a paragraph on Tory-turned-reelected Liberal Scott Brison

"As it turns out, there are still years of work ahead before we're going to get another crack at throwing these Liberal bums out." - editor Lorrie Goldstein

Most of the paper was devoted to "perv" stories or useless entertainment paragraphs, which reminded why I never rise with the Sun.

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A few results flipped overnight, producing the potential for something we haven't seen since the pre-Confederation governments - political deadlock. Back in the early-to-mid 1860s, the representative count between the forerunners of the Conservatives and Liberals were so even governments crashed and burned regularly. As of 9 this morning, it looks like 154 in the Lib-NDP camp, 153 in the Tory-BQ camp, with 1 other who used to be an Alliance MP. If recounts don't shift the numbers around, it should be interesting to see how long anybody remains in power.

As for the Manor Rd sign count - things were on an even keel for the parties here compared to the rest of the riding, with Carolyn Bennett (Liberal-incumbent) having no problems walking away with the riding - here's the results.

I watched the CBC coverage on the net, which surprisingly didn't cause my machine to have a meltdown. Sounds like I missed verbal jousts on CTV I would have loved (especially reports of Brian Tobin really socking it to David Frum).

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