And Now It’s Our Turn

Just a few days ago, the writ was dropped: time for another provincial election!

I’m not expecting anything earth-shattering from this, although this would be the most likely time that the Tory dynasty could come to an end. In my riding, the Liberals are a lock to repeat, but beyond that, it’s a bit difficult to say where this will all go. As it stands right now, neither of the main opposition parties are looking poised for an upset. Funny, that seems to be the way of things in most of the industrialised nations and even their regions, like here. But again, it’s still early.

Current prediction: the Liberals and NDP will split just enough of the opposition vote to bring Stelmach and the Tories back, but with a minority government.  It will also serve to highlight the growing split between town and country voters.

Published in: on February 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Was it really that super of a Tuesday?

So the frenzy of ballots has subsided, and the race for the Democratic nomination is still no clearer than when it started, though the Republicans are much closer to seeing who will lead their charge to retain the White House in 2008 (no small feat at this point.) Being able to look on this process of primaries and delegates and such is a bit weird for an outsider like me. Here, the parties select for the masses, and there doesn’t seem to be much interest in changing that.

But for all these attempts at securing the people’s consent for their candidates, does anyone else feel that the whole thing feels like a wasted exercise?

Granted, whoever does win the election will be a vast improvement over what’s currently occupying the White House. But even with the current crop of finalists, it still does not feel (at least to this writer) like any of them will be willing or able to make the sort of changes that the US is in such desperate need for. The nation’s finances are a mess. The social support network is in rough shape, and their foreign image…well, I don’t need to elaborate on that one.

Quite simply, the next president of the US is going to have quite the task ahead. And I remain unconvinced that they will be able to successfully take it all on. And I have a feeling that I’m not alone on this.

Published in: on February 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment