The Winner of the October 14 Federal Election is…
Nobody. The Conservatives received another well-deserved minority government. They definitely did not deserve a majority government.
What is more interesting is the losers.
The poor Green Party received nearly a million votes, yet did not receive a single seat. Ouch! What is interesting is that they appear to have benefited from the decline of the Liberals.
Another loser is the Media. What a bunch of tripe they tried to push on us with their election coverage. What I saw on CBC demonstrated the levels of desperation and hyperbole they were prepared to stoop to in order to create an event out of a non-event. Soon after the polls opened in Alberta, one of the CBC analysts breathlessly reported that a Liberal candidate had pulled ahead. She failed to mention that it was only one poll. I found it more interesting to follow the results via the Internet. The Globe and Mail had a fine web presentation.
The final loser is Democracy with only 59.1% of eligible voters turning out. The lowest rate ever. Why is this? I have some speculative reasons:
- Canadians no longer care about voting because they hate politics and politicians.
- Canadians are so comfortable and richly entertained that they can’t be bothered to worry about a silly election.
- Canadians saw the election as a non-event and saw no pressing need for it. It is interesting how the Conservatives increased their vote and seats despite being so brazen in their attempt to capture a majority. You would think that would have increased voter turnout so that the Conservatives could be taught a lesson. It was an issue that the media and the opposition kept harping on yet was a non-issue. Just proves how out of touch both of them are with the general population.
- Canadians are realizing more that elections and politics does not really matter. We are so highly regulated as a society with so many laws, institutions, and cultural assumptions, they see politicians as being non-players in how things are run. They might tinker with the funding of some programs, but that’s all.