I'm listening to Radio Canada's commentary on yesterday's federal elections. Of course you knew there were elections in Canada - right?
The reason that I've kept an eye (and ear) out on the election results is that I've actually met Liberal Party candidate Stéphane Dion. When I was in grad school ten years ago I went on an official trip to Ottawa and Québec City, and we met quite a few key politicians, including M. Dion. I really don't remember much of the meeting, except that I confirm that he definitely had a pedantic air about him. The meeting was in English (I believe I was the only functional French speaker in our group) which I'm sure made a difference in presentation. Of course afterwards I kept referring to him as "the other Dion" (as opposed to Céline) which didn't really endear me to my Quebecker classmates.
Speaking of Céline Dion, I've actually seen her wedding dress. It was on display at the Just for Laughs Museum during an exhibit of Quebecker pop music.
I'm a Conservative. However, even if I wasn't... I think he's an idiot. A Party hopping Bob Rae would have better suited as the Leader of a Federal party - but hey, his ineptitude was good for my guy so I'm not complaining.
And can I just add - that I'm fairly annoyed with the whole Bloc Québécois thing annoys the snot out of me. It's a Federal party that doesn't even run candidates anywhere but Quebec. It's hardly logical - all it does is cut up the vote so that we are led to more minority govt.
And talk about the problems with representation! Hopefully they will take a look at how the population is shifting - because my riding is over 10 hours long (driving wise) and there are WAY more people living in it than in the last election. But I digress. YAY for paying attention to Canadian politics a bit. ;)
Yeah. I always felt it was sad that The West (or, as Quebeckers call it, ROC - Rest of Canada) was neglected out of proportion to its resources and population. I'm sure that will change just because of the economic and demographic factors. Anyway I'm sure that Canadians were as concerned about the new theme song for Hockey Night in Canada as for the elections!