In reading back my last posts on my blog, I can only say that “I was kidding about the PM Layton thing”. Who knew that this election would evolve into what it has become: A Conservative majority government or an NDP coalition government?
This all started with the collapse of the Bloc Quebecois vote in the province of Quebec. In spite of a relatively good debate performance, Bloc leader, Gilles Duceppe failed to inspire Quebecers that his steadfast approach in Ottawa was what was needed to fight for Quebec. It seems like Quebec residents are ready for a new approach and they feel comfortable with Jack Layton. Layton performed admirably in both English and French debate consistently asking voters to take a chance on him at the end of every question. Well, it seems as they have in Canada’s French province.
And not only in Quebec. As Quebec voters turn to the NDP from the Bloc, so it seems that Liberal voters in the rest of the country will switch from Liberal to NDP. I personally know three voters who traditionally voted for the Liberals because they felt an NDP vote was a wasted vote. But this time, they feel their vote will matter and they are going to vote NDP.
There will be lots to blog about in the coming days post election. I still believe the vote today is if to give Stephen Harper his majority government or if to have some form of coalition government which now looks like it would be lead by the NDP. Whenever people ask me who they should vote for I always answer the same. Vote for the candidate/party who best describes the way you believe coincides with your vision of life in Canada and the role of government in it. No vote is ever wasted.