Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What have we learned tonight (Election Update)

As you know I am no political writer, but now that all is said and done, I will offer you some of my observations. This was the second Federal Election that I have had the opportunity to vote in since becomming a Canadian, back in 2003. Watching the campaigns over the years run and watching the winners and loosers and being active in my political sphere in University and globally - here on my blog - I have tried to keep an open mind.

Being a Canadian comes first, being Gay is also important, it is who I am. But I am willing to give people the shadow of the doubt, unless of course you are the Pope, he can kiss my holy white ass.

Anyways, I digress...

But if the good of the whole outweigh the good of the individual then one must adjust his vision. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, (except when it comes to the rights of my marriage) and I will defend that to the government all the way to the top.

Steven Harper fought a good fight. He stuck to his message and was wise when he needed to be, in his speech he was strong and hopeful, all the leaders spoke about "conciliatory" and "cooperative" working together. We know that Jack Layton and the NDP party will keep things in Parliament in check. So for now the definition of marriage is not even on the map, so to speak. (but give them time right?) We must move forward for the good of Canada, one must not be stagnant and immovable. We must embrace the future and support the wisdom of the population in what we as a people of Canada have chosen. (I did not vote Conservative!)

Canada must remain a unified and global presence in the world, we must be united and free and individual amongst the other nations. We MUST NOT Cave into the demands of the heretical and terrorist, angst ridden christian right we call the United States.

We will never cave the the demands of the rebel George Bush! NEVER!! And if Steven Harper even thinks or ponders an alliance with Mr. Bush we will kick his ASS to the gates of Hell and drop him there to rot.

So what Do I Say tonight, Congratulations Mr. Harper on a very narrow Minority Government achievement. Duely noted your speech was inclusive of many, but specific to few. Unlike the catholic church who believes in division and separation, I hope Mr. Harper will treat ALL CANADIANS fairly with respect and dignity. We applaud Paul Martin for his service to Canada, and wish him well. He stated that he will not take the Liberal Party into another election, therefore stepping down as the Liberal Party Leader.

We wish you peace and we offer you thanks and respect.

Personally, I thought it was wise that Paul Martin step down, and give someone else in the party the chance to lead. I think if the Liberals have any chance of resurrection, a new leader must take the reigns and step out of the past scandal and any connection to those who came before, and lead the Liberals into new uncharted territory and a new destiny in Canada.

CTV News (Craig Oliver) gives the Harper Government a year at best then all bets are off. Let us hope that all parties will work together to carry Canada forward and not backwards. Let us leave issued passed - issues Past. Let us not re-open debates that need to be left alone. There are more important things that Canadians need right now.

I applaud all the leaders: Mr. Martin, Mr. Layton, Mr. Duceppe, and finally to Prime Minister elect Steven Harper. I wish you peace and wisdom in the coming days.

And now for the Gay News angle I offer this for you to read.

(Ottawa) Canadians ended more than a dozen years of Liberal rule on Monday, electing a minority Conservative government.

For most voters it was an issue of 'new blood' rather than a ringing endorsement of conservatism.

Paul Martin's Liberals had been beset with a series of scandals and was seen as tired. "Voters decided the Liberals needed a time out," said one television commentator.

At the same time voters weren't in favor of giving Stephen Harper's Conservatives a majority. The Tories won 124 seats and the Liberals 103. The results were much closer than polls were showing only a few days ago.

The small left of center New Democratic Party was the big winner of the night - doubling their seats to 29 and putting the party in a position to be the power broker in the new Parliament.

NDP leader Jack Layton said he would make an issue by issue decision on whether or not to support the government.

If the party supports the Tories legislation will pass. If the party sides with the Liberals they could defeat the government.

"The people of Canada asked Mr. Harper to form a new government and the people of Canada have asked New Democrats to balance that government," Layton told supporters in Toronto.

For Layton the election was a double victory. His wife, Toronto city councilor Olivia Chow, also was elected to Parliament.

The Conservative dependence on the NDP will likely mean no revisiting same-sex marriage legislation.

Harper said on the first day of the campaign he would attempt to repeal the marriage equality law. With the New Democrats, the separatist Bloc Quebecois, and the Liberals all opposed to changing the law there is little chance same-sex marriage in Canada will end anytime soon.

While the Conservatives saw some of the party's most anti-supporters elected it also saw a wider number of moderate Tories win support. For Harper the big job will be in balancing the two factions.

In a lengthy speech to supporters Harper outlined his agenda for the new Parliament. Absent was any mention of same-sex marriage.

Longtime gay New Democrat candidate Svend Robinson lost his bid for a return to politics in British Columbia.

Robinson, 53, resigned from politics in 2004 after admitting that he had shoplifted a diamond ring that he said was sparked by the stress of a hectic work schedule and a mild bipolar disorder for which he was taking medication and seeing a therapist.

In Nova Scotia, Scott Brison the gay man who quit the Conservatives in the last Parliament and joined the Liberals was re-elected. Openly gay Bloc MP Real Menard also was re-elected

The election also marked the end of Paul Martin's political career.

Martin told supporters following the election that he was stepping down as party leader.

"My dedication to the Liberal family will never wane,'' Martin said in his Quebec riding of LaSalle-Emard.

"But I will not take our party into another election.''

One of the highlights of his political career was pushing through marriage same-sex marriage equality last year.

©365Gay.com 2006


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