Election post-mortem thoughts.

From: National Post.

Now the election is over, Doug Ford is about to be released back into the broad daylight of Ontario politics. Apparently if he sees his shadow it means another 6 months of cuts.

Ford’s enforced absence during the campaign proved that federal Conservatives are embarrassed by his brainless, dogma-driven actions along with slash and burn service cuts for lower and middle income earners. He and federal leader Andrew Scheer are no doubt blaming each other for the Liberals’ lucky escape. The political long knives are out for both of them. Patrick Brown will be chomping some popcorn from his Brampton mayor’s chair.

The Ford Name also failed to work the charm in nearby Etobicoke North where Rob Ford’s widow Renata was running as a first-time candidate. Despite her less than dynamic presence under the People’s Party banner, her Ford name was enough to give Maxime Bernier a seat at the English debate because she was considered a genuine contender. She finished in the also-ran category with 2.8% of the vote but has promised to return under the same banner.

The Conservatives in York South-Weston need to run local candidates who don’t disappear after each election.

It turned out that there was a Big Red Wave after all but only in Ontario. Ahmed Hussen has been given a fresh mandate to continue his aloof ways. The sight of Frances Nunziata campaigning alongside him was additional evidence that he’s far too good for York South-Weston and we definitely should be grateful to have him.

The NDP need to intensify their focus on working families struggling to make ends meet rather than by tangling themselves up in layers of dogma and political correctness. A lot more people care about minimum wage than how many genders there are. They also need to tackle the motivations of 43% of the York South-Weston electorate who declined the opportunity to vote.

All election signs must be removed by 9:30pm Thursday.

5 thoughts on “Election post-mortem thoughts.”

  1. Maybe this happened to you Election Night, too.

    Late that night while watching the first of the televised leader’s speeches, I figured it was a good & decent time to go and empty out the dishwasher with the radio broadcast to keep me company, for a change.

    And, I chose Global News Radio to see how the right of centres were handling the results.

    All was going well, through the lengthy NDP leader’s message, until the networks got bored and switched to the Conservative leader’s campaign headquarters.

    Okay, fair enough. I guess we got most of Mr. Singh’s thoughts and what’s to come, more or less.

    It was getting late, right?

    About two minutes into the Conservative leader’s shpeel – “boom!” – he’s now changed his tone & thunders through the airwaves!!!

    What the!?!?

    Or as the Global News team exclaimed,
    “what the hell just happened there!?”

    It was the selfie loving PM – rock star loud & proud.

    Anyway, this has been quite the election campaign – including the (inadvertent) parting shot to those “Harper-like” Conservatives from the gregarious incumbent Prime Minister.

    When he was done, their panel discussed the lack of etiquette, and did take the time to air Scheer’s entire speech, to be fair.

    At about 2am (ET), GNR went live with their overnight talk show from their Vancouver studios – and the West was pissed, made even worse by the Prime Minister’s big foot stomp on the Blue guy’s head, mid-sentence.

    Later, out of all the listeners chiming in on that talk show, a man from Stoney Plains, Alta called the program – with some calm & measured perspectives that caught my attention.

    When the host asked him, “what is it that, Albertans like you, want?”
    His reply was one that we’ve heard many times before, “We want in.”

    And, he went on and calmly explained – with his own data & stats to illustrate the concerns.

    His calm demeanour & level thoughts stuck with me, and I remembered to check for myself the day after.

    Here’s an example of what he spoke about – to illustrate how very much “under represented” they are in Alberta, in comparison to each and every other province and territory, in Canada.

    See for yourself.
    (Maybe my arithmetic is off.)

    He began with:

    PEI – population of about 142,000
    4 seats in the House of Commons

    To make it more fair (as suggested by the all night host), he then spoke of all the Atlantic provinces – PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

    The population of the Atlantic region is about 2.2 million.
    And, they have a total of: 32 seats in the House.

    Alberta – population of about 4 million
    34 seats in the House of Commons

    When you crunch the numbers:
    – the Atlantic provinces, gets a seat for every 68 thousand people.
    – Alberta, gets a seat for every 119 thousand people.

    Looking further:
    – Quebec, has 78 seats (1 for every 104 thousand people)
    – Ontario, has 121 seats (1 for every 111 thousand people)

    The lowest cost, PEI’s – 4 seats (1 for every 35 thousand people)

    The highest cost, Alberta’s.

    Any wonder why they’re a tad angry – actually, more so than ever before – after their choice wins the “popular vote” by well over a million votes across the land?

    There really does seem to be an electoral fairness problem, and all they want is what others have – more and fair representation.

    Electoral Reform, anyone?

    (If not proportional, at least make the “price per seat” the same across the land, don’t you think?

    Even, using the Albertan price tag per seat – there’d be fewer seats!
    Wouldn’t have to remodel the House of Commons, again.)

  2. Interesting & often distracting federal campaign, everywhere you turned, this year.

    From start to strange concluding speeches – capped by the rock star Prime Minister’s loud and once again, over the top victory speech.

    Much has been made of Electoral Reform over the years and Ottawa’s relationship with specific regions across the nation, and heightened once again by “Popular Vote” results this campaign – the Blue team receiving more than a million more votes than Team Justin.

    As the big night was wrapping up, I turned to the radio broadcasts while finishing off the day’s dishes. I settled on Global News Radio, coming out of their Vancouver studios. Good chance to hear how the West was reacting to the results.

    Not a happy bunch.

    And, even more ticked when Trudeau’s speech stomped on Scheer – mid sentence, a couple of minutes in.

    When they eventually opened up the phone lines – coast to coast – they were burning up with many angry calls from Albertans.

    Not too surprising.

    One call, from a man in Stoney Plains, Alta caught my attention because he was low key & quite measured with his perspectives – backed by his stats & data.

    It stuck with me, and I thought I’d follow up with a look for myself. And, here’s what I found – which may not be news to you, at all.

    Oh, and when asked by the host of the all night show,
    “What is it that you, in Alberta want?”

    His response was one that’s been heard often, for a long time now,
    “We want in.”

    And, I took his answer to mean, more “equal representation” – because they are being heavily under served.

    Here’s his first example:

    Alberta – population of about 4 million people
    – 34 seats in the House of commons

    PEI – population of about 142 thousand
    – 4 seats in the House of Commons

    At that point, the program host asked him to make it more fair and include the rest of the Atlantic provinces.

    And, he did:

    Newfoundland & Labrador – population of about 500 thousand
    – 7 seats in the House of Commons

    Nova Scotia – population of about 900 thousand
    – 11 seats in the House of Commons

    New Brunswick – population of about 7 thousand
    – 10 seats in the House of Commons

    Total (approx.) population in Atlantic Canada – about 2.2 million
    Total seats from Atlantic region – 32 seats

    Conclusion:

    Alberta – 4 million people
    – 34 seats
    – 1 seat for every 119 thousand people in Alberta

    PEI – 142 thousand people
    – 4 seats
    – 1 seat for every 35 thousand people in PEI

    Atlantic provinces – 2.2 million people
    – 32 seats
    – 1 seat for every 68 thousand people in Atlantic region

    Further, I found:

    Quebec – 8.1 million people
    – 78 seats
    – 1 seat for every 104 thousand people

    Ontario – 13.4 million people
    – 121 seats
    – 1 seat for every 111 thousand people

    Manitoba – 1.2 million people
    – 14 seats
    – 1 seat for every 91 thousand people

    Saskatchewan – 1 million people
    – 14 seats
    – 1 seat for every 78 thousand people

    British Columbia – 4.6 million people
    – 42 seats
    – 1 seat for every 110 thousand people

    And finally, Nunavut, NWT & Yukon – under a 110 thousand people
    – 3 seats, total
    – 1 seat for every 37 thousand

    So, let’s review, for the Canadian fun if it:

    – the “price per seat” in Alberta is 119 thousand people

    Everywhere else, a hell of a lot less per seat.
    (And then, there’s that “Popular Vote” thing.)

    So, “We want in” has taken on a vivid new meaning for me, not to mention the contentious rhetoric about equalization & transfer payments.

    There clearly appears to be a strong imbalance in “fairness”.

    Pretty “un-Canadian”, eh?

    No wonder they’re pissed out West – as the gregarious Prime Minister vows to go it alone without co-operative input & effort from the others elected.

    Electoral Reform, any one?

    (p.s. Wonder if he’ll be swayed to consider from Papineau & the Bloc?)

  3. Excellent post.
    On the face of it it’s not fair but we’re stuck with a few historical realities. The Maritime Provinces have a guaranteed number of seats under the Constitution Act and while their population has declined. their allocation is guaranteed.
    The last adjustment to seat counts was made in 2011 (Alberta and BC got 6 new seats and Ontario 15 while Quebec got 3). Since then, Alberta’s population has increased significantly while other parts of the country such as the Maritimes have lost people.
    We are definitely due for another adjustment so that seats reflect population changes. However, barring a miraculous increase in the Maritimes’ population, they will be over-represented by MPs and senators for a long time to come.
    Read more here under the section Members and electoral districts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Commons_of_Canada

  4. Thanks, Roy.

    We all have a bone to pick with our governing bodies. But, something should & needs to be done for that province, pronto.

    From my experience, with the few opportunities (5) to travel through the foothills & the Rockies – warm & cold weather seasons – these are good people who aren’t afraid of hard work and have never asked for much.

    They’re proud of that.

    They enjoy a libertarian spirit and seemingly, have done their share, willing to do more – compared to other “unique” regions in the country where they have a knack for complaint and then, the subsequent threat of departure if they don’t get it layered on thick.

    If they (Alberta) didn’t properly plan for the proverbial “rainy day”, it’s a good lesson for all of us to learn. Set something aside and don’t expect a bale out every time something goes wrong.

    But, right now – they need a helping hand while we figure out what to do with our natural resources issue, out there. And, “the skies are not cloudy all day”. They could conceivably work toward the next wave, right?

    Either we’re family, or we’re not.

    What’s it gonna be, Team Trudeau?

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