I am so pleased that the Canadian people have elected a strong, stable Conservative majority government. Special thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his dignity under pressure and his very gracious and inclusive victory speech last night. The reality is that no matter what venom the media aimed at the PM during the five-week campaign, he remained upbeat and positive. Visitors can listen to his acceptance speech for themselves at this Sun Media link.
Of course, I am also happy for the NDP, its leader Jack Layton, and his party’s supporters, for earning its historic official opposition status. That will give the Liberals time to rebuild. Without a doubt, however, given that most of the NDP seats are from Quebec, it’s going to be a huge challenge for Layton because he made promises (including in his acceptance speech last night) that will be hard for him to keep. That said, I am sure the PM and his Conservative caucus will reach out to he and his party somehow because that is the responsibility of a good majority.
Of course, the other big news last night was how badly so many of the pro-Liberal/NDP mainstream media behaved during the election campaign. I mean, apart from the new kid on the block, SunNewsNetwork (who provided great coverage last night), as well as those listed on my sidebar, the negative tone truly was how Susan Riley described it yesterday on CPAC — a cesspool of negativity. Of course, she was alleging the cesspool was the fault of the Conservatives, when in fact, it was primarily the media who caused it.
For example, the main naysayers were Terry Milewski, who was combative until the very end last night, Evan Solomon, Andrew Coyne, Bob Fife, Craig Oliver and Jane Taber, as well as some from CPAC that I personally never watch.
But, back to the good news. Time for a pat on my own back. On April 26th, I left a comment at Joanne’s Blue Like You, predicting a Tory majority with 165 – 170 seats — as it turned out bang on. So, as I said in my BLY comment, let’s celebrate with a blue virtual cake.
Congratulations Canada! A majority means that there will be a small measure of peace in Ottawa at long last.
Endnote: Given that I am not getting any younger, I had thought I would stop blogging about politics after yesterday. Well, last night was so invigorating, it looks like I’ll hang in there for awhile. In fact, I am looking forward to starting a new 2011-2015 Harper government accomplishment list beginning with the 2011 budget that will soon get approved.