Finally federal election is over

Over the past few days I have been asked my opinion on the election.  

Well, we should have four years of not wondering when a vote of non confidence will be nor if a coalition will be formed. Consider the money the taxpayer will save, my understanding is a federal election costs in excess of $300 million. 

I think we have better places for our tax dollars to be spent.

Personally I haven’t talked with anyone that is unhappy with having a majority government – most comment that now the Conservatives will have an opportunity to prove they are capable of leading this country – Canada. 

Of course who isn’t aware of how the NDP gained in popularity and are now the official opposition. 

No doubt NDP supporters are very pleased, who could blame them, history was made. 

One should say way to go Mr. Layton, but on the other hand, perhaps – with the NDP garnering 59 seats in Quebec you don’t suppose this was a protest vote against the Bloc, after supporting them for the past six federal elections. 

I do believe the NDP are now the official voice of Quebec. Question, the fact that in Quebec some NDP candidates were not campaigning – one doesn’t live in the riding, speaks little French and never went to the riding she is now elected to represent, and will earn $157,000 a year. 

I have read the NDP must create winning conditions for Quebec and somehow maintain the support of Quebec nationalist supporters without angering the rest of Canada – sound familiar? 

I have always questioned how a federal party (the Bloc) that only represented the interests of Quebec was allowed such a position in federal government, where is their representation to the rest of Canada.

Only in Canada, EY!

The Liberals were sent a clear message, as Justin Trudeau has mentioned, perhaps the Liberals must focus on what people want, need and to reflect and rebuild. 

Regardless, should be an interesting four years. I look forward to it.

Mary Glassford is a long-term Quesnel resident, former Cariboo Regional District director and city councilor and president of the Post Secondary Education Council.


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