Aah, the meek and mild, turn-the-other-cheek Canadian voter. Get our dander up and we’ll not only decimate your party at the polls, but we’ll do it in such dramatic, ego-crushing fashion that your leader will be forced to wave the white flag of surrender and hope he didn’t soil himself in the process.
The last time voters were this annoyed with a party, the ’93 Tories peeked out of their war bunker to find they only had two seats left in Parliament. The Liberals are lucky, voters left them with a whopping 34 seats — enough to keep their official party status.
Not so for the Bloc Québecois. Not that we in the West ever had any choice in the fate of the treasonous . . . errr . . . separatist party, but it’s rewarding to see Québec voters coming to the realization that we are all Canadians first and our energy should be put into making our nation healthy, not just one province.
How the NDP will handle this sudden surge of elected MPs from a province that has previously ignored them is anyone’s guess, but hopefully leader Jack Layton can concoct a plan that won’t alienate his existing grass-roots support.
One of the biggest mistakes that dethroned and defrocked Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff made was forgetting to look out the window or talk to the coffee server at the drive-thru window of his local Tim Hortons. He thought that Canadians would understand his academic reasons for calling out the Tories and demanding they wrassle in the electoral mud. But no matter how many times he tried to emphasize his belief that Stephen Harper’s government was in contempt of Parliament for refusing to share information the Grits needed to properly assess legislation, it sounded too much like bratty children squabbling over a favourite one-eyed teddy bear.
In this flagging economy, Canadians didn’t want a highbrow debate— they wanted jobs, health care, education and security for their future. They wanted a government to get on with the damn job of governing this country instead of fighting all the time.
That’s why the voters handed the Conservative party a majority.
Now it’s up to Harper and his fellow blue-shirted MPs to take this mandate and prove to us that we didn’t make a mistake.
And if they fail us? Well, beware the wrath of a voter scorned. M