Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Northern Oblivion

I'm not sure how I should feel now, exactly.

One one hand, I am desperately thankful that the Conservative Party did not win their majority government, but on the other hand they still came damn close to it. I never thought I would be thankful for the Bloc Quebecois, and I am still not sure that I am, but at least they saved us from a potentially massive PC majority government.

The more I think about it tho, the more I realize I do not feel good at all.

There's just no way to feel good about the fact that Canada showed it's worst ever turnout for a Federal General Election. This shows an electorate that has has given up, or just does not care. Personally, I find it completely unbelievable that Canadians could be SO cynical and/or apathetic at such an important time. More than 40% of Canadians seem to fit within these categories now.

There's no way to feel good about the fact that such a large portion of CBC election coverage was satirical. Satire most definitely has its place, but mixed into the journalistic coverage? That shows an electorate that is obviously far more interested in being entertained than in being involved.

Following the public comments on the main election article on the CBC website, I do not see much more hope. There are the typical ignorant, close-minded comments that one sees everywhere. It still amazes me that such a large amount of people just cannot fathom that the environment HAS to take precedence over the economy and the status quo devotion to constant economic growth based on endlessly accumulating debt instead of on actual production of goods and services. Even a great deal of seemingly intelligent individuals cannot seem to grasp this.

It's all just more proof of how we have almost completely lost touch with logic.

No matter how I look at this, I cannot help but feel like we have apathetically taken one more huge leap toward the cliff.

Yet I still hope and I will keep working. Peace to all.


Amber said...

I tried not to get my hopes up, but there was a little part of me that thought, that because I'm now engaged and involved in being a better, more active and informed citizen, other people are too. Naive I know, and clearly not the case given the historical low of voter turnout. What a disappointment.

Theresa said...

I am ambivalent this morning as well. I'm also extremely relieved that the Cons didn't get their coveted majority, but I'm angry that all this money was spent for essentially no change in government at all. I'm also more and more convinced as time goes by that Harper has sociopathic traits and that scares me to no end.

The low voter turnout was actually shocking to me. I felt like Amber did - that because I and the people around me were more engaged, that other people were too. What a disappointment. Democracy is slipping through our finger tips, it seems.

But there is work to be done, nevertheless. And it's up to us to keep on keeping on.