I know, how DARE we Canadians have this whole election thing going on, what with all the headline making news over the weekend! But
it’s true. Today is the big day and I am left sitting here going OMG where the fuck did the time go and will I have my life back? I have been glued to Google news for like 36 days now, soaking in everything I possibly can, save Sun news (which is like our version of Fox). I have ranted, debated, encouraged and sometimes got downright angry in real life with friends and friends of friends. The kicker was one night crying myself to sleep at the prospect of a Conservative majority. TMI moment here, but my period is also a week late and arrived handily this morning as if to say “HI!! I understand you’ve been stressed, worried and making your husband do everything, so I thought I’d show up late and kind symbolize that you are BLEEDING FOR YOUR RIGHTS NOW BEND TO MY WILL AND EAT THIS MAYO OUT OF A JAR!!!!!!”
I realized in retrospect that I wanted to post so much more and keep everyone updated to the minute what was going on, but seriously, you have no idea how much more that would have stressed me out. I still wanted a chance to share my final thoughts going into this thing, as scattered as they are, so apologies if I don’t make sense.
1. There are 13 parties in total running in this gig. I covered the big 3, but if you check this article and go down to Candidates by party, you can see everyone in the running…..and no, the Pirate Party is not as fun as it sounds.
2. I am still very miffed about the fact that they wouldn’t let Elizabeth May of the Green party participate in the leadership debates despite the fact that the Green party is pretty wide spread and got almost the same share of votes as the Bloc….but they’ll let Gilles Duceppe participate despite heading a party that’s based on Provincial interests.
3. HOLY SHIT GUYS NDP SURGE!! Definitely the most exciting moment of the elections for me.
4. The youth vote appears to be more engaged this time around, probably thanks to social media and internet access. However, that vote is the most volatile and we’ll see what happens when the chips are down.
6. Media and Harper started out complaining that this election was going to be boring and unnecessary. However, advanced poll numbers showed that it wasn’t the case. This election may have our best turnout rate in years.
7. My husband deserves a special award. Not only has he been looking after the kids and attempting to cook dinner while I scour the interwebs for info, but he has done it without question and without complaint. He was the guy who didn’t “get” politics, but he voted today, gave me a hug and said that he was proud of my attention to detail and my fight to inform as many people as possible. He didn’t make me feel ridiculous when I cried and he didn’t talk me down when I engaged people.
8. Guys, I am SO SCARED of a Conservative majority that I only got 2 hours of sleep last night.
I don’t know what I’ll do with myself once this election is over. I guess life will go back to normal, I’ll actually read the other feminist blogs I enjoy, I’ll play catchup and maybe get back to posting my original material. My initial plan was to attempt to liveblog the election, but it turned out to be illegal. So I shall post tomorrow with results, notables, etc etc. To the Canadian readers, you have until 8:30 PM your time to cast your ballots if you haven’t done so already*. Everyone else, wish us luck!
*EDIT: It turns out that not all polls are open until 8:30, some close as early as 7. To which I say, balls to Elections Canada.