Oh friends. Yesterday was a bit of a rough day around here. For those of you that don't know me that well, you should know that I am a bit of a political junkie. It's true. I am passionate about politics and truly believe that who we each personally vote for reflects our beliefs about may things. I am a Liberal at heart. Always have been and most likely always will be. In the past I have wavered between "liberal" parties such as the Liberals, The New Democrat Party and the Green Party, but as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, I am a left leaning gal and that's who I am.
So you can imagine my disappointment to learn that Canada had voted in a majority Conservative Party into government. Shock, worry and disappointment for many reasons. The government elected in has the environment low on it's priorities and backed out of a signed declaration (Kyoto Protocol) to decrease our carbon foot print. On other important issues such as women's rights, health care and the arts, they again have a right leaning approach, which means little or no and selective funding. There are a host of issues that I hold dear and close to my heart and beliefs that I know just won't get the attention they deserve from this government and now we will have them in power for the next 4 years.
I hate to be so down about it and really, I guess I have to trust that a fair percentage (40%) of Canadians voted for them. I can only hope that they will do what's right for this country, but in my heart, I think their priorities and those of the party that I wish had been elected are just too different.
It's hard for me when certain values, values that I think make Canada so unique and wonderful like public health care, multiculturalism, women's rights and a beautiful environment are at stake. It scares me and makes me upset that people would choose tax breaks over such important necessities.
So as I try to come to terms with this and try to move on in a positive way, I have a question for my American friends down South. If you were not a supporter of G.W. Bush, and his policies, how did you survive his term?
Hope this hasn't been too much for you. I promise to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging of the yummy things I make to eat and Noah's adventures.
ps. for anyone interested here is a short list of 25 reasons why Harper should not have been reelected. Worth a read.