June 29, 2004


One more quick entry about the election, then I’ll get back to knitting, I promise.

Overall, I’m not too unhappy with the results — I’m particularly glad to see that the country, as a whole, is not ready to listen to the Conservative vision. I wish the NDP had held onto the 20 seats they had when I went to bed (at 1:30 am!) so that between them and the Liberals there was an actual majority, but I’m still glad they did fairly well. I am severely disappointed, however, about my own riding, where very strong NDP candidate, Olivia Chow, lost by 800 votes to the Liberal incumbent. It’s upsetting not only because it would have gained a seat for the NDP and sent Jack Layton and Olivia to Parliament as husband and wife, but because she would have been a very powerful voice for this riding and this city, and would have, in my opinion, improved both. How frustrating and disappointing to lose by so little!

Still, we may well have another election within a year, so we’ll see what happens next time!

Posted by Aven at June 29, 2004 10:06 AM

Being a fellow Canadian, yet not able to vote since I am currently living in the States, I too was interested withthe results of the vote. Though I am not an NDP’er I found that for the first time in a long time the Liberal’s have had some decent competition which makes for a better governent. C-SPAN actually carried the election coverage which my husband and I stayed up to watch. I miss Canada!

Posted by: Morgan at June 30, 2004 09:51 AM

Not to rub it in, Morgan, but you could totally have voted:


Posted by: Tyla at June 30, 2004 12:24 PM

Re: the election, I’m in Toronto - I heard a rumour that the Layton/Chows and their advisers were so confident of a double win that they sent a lot of their workers to other Toronto ridings to help NDP candidates get elected, esp Peter Tabens’ contest - they probably could have used them. We really need to seriously discuss proportional representation in this country, the NDP should have about 50 seats.

Posted by: Patricia at July 2, 2004 10:55 PM