Liberals were thought to be written off after the past election, sinking to a mere 34 seats. However, a new leader and a resurgence of the party led to their ultimate majority victory on October 19. Justin, Pierre Trudeau’s hier, has left a sour taste in the mouths of individuals in the prairies. I think this justification bares little weight. Economic policies and ideas from ~35 years ago are irrelevant, no matter what party or leader is under scrutiny. Instead, let’s try to allow this government an opportunity to show that there will be no Canadians left behind, as stated in their campaign.
Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, after a decade of leading this great nation, fell to only 99 seats. They remain the opposition to the Liberals and will continue to have influence on parliamentary decisions; albeit not in the same capacity they had previously. Harper and the Conservatives did a lot of good for this country, but Canadians were clearly ready for change. With recent decisions such as the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Bill C-51, and the premise to ban the niqab from citizenship ceremonies, Canada ultimately elected to move in a different direction.
The NDP, who were the front-runner at the beginning of the campaign, seemed to fall off immensely. They went from being the opposition party to having only 44 seats, placing them third on the totem pole. My take on what happened is that many voters were undecided between the NDP and Liberals, and when it came down to Election Day, Liberals were the clear front-runners. I believe this swayed individuals to vote strategically instead of voting for the party they truly desired.
One thing that stuck out to me in particular about this election was the broadcasting of eastern results while polls in the west remained open. Voters here had the opportunity to see how the election began to play out before they cast their ballot. In my opinion this type of influence shouldn’t be allowed. All information should remain confidential until all of the polls are closed, to rid of any influences portrayed by the media.
Remember, we are all Canadians. Our identity doesn’t change with the change of government. Canadians are unwavering in their support for each other and for a better Canada. At the end of the day, that’s what politics is about. No politician, at least that I’ve met, is in politics for selfish reasons. Candidates truly want to have a positive impact on society; they all just have different opinions on how to do that.
With this in mind, let’s rid our politics of cynicism. Often I’ve heard individuals complaining about attack ads, misleading statements, and the slander of character. Yet, when I take a step back and look at the picture as a whole, society is actually fueling this process. By ‘sharing,’ ‘retweeting,’ or even ‘liking’ an attack post, we’re portraying the message of cynicism, and reinforcing that this is what resonates with society.
So here’s my advice: do your due diligence and research, have an opinion, and even discuss these ideas with friends. Don’t, however, take shots at the character, motives, or intent of the parties or their leaders, as we do not possess that insight. Thanks for voting, Concordia.