NOTES/QUOTES #10: The federal election snoozefest; and kickin’ it with a new knee
This is the first federal election that I have really have not been interested in. Apart from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brown/blackface scandal, this election has been dullsville.
As of this writing late Sunday, Oct. 20, on the eve of the election, the polls show a tight race between Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and the Liberals.
The worst scenario would be a Liberal minority government, propped up by either the NDP or the Green Party. The perennial third and fourth parties have some seriously loony economy killing policies — mostly centred around the climate change/crisis/emergency/annihilation craze — that the Grits would have to agree to maintain power.
With the bloom off of Trudeau’s foppy rose, it’s clearly time to secure the country’s economic future by voting in a Tory majority government.
With a strong economy, the country can then better address any issue it sees fit — infrastructure, health care, environment, Indigenous concerns — without increasing the country’s debt.
What happens if the Tories get the most votes, but not enough for a majority? Well, that will be interesting, as it will depend on how many seats they will need to form a coalition government. I assume the People’s Party of Canada — a bunch of right-wing eccentrics, represented locally by Elvis look-alike Luke Quinlan — will win a couple of seats. But the NDP and Greens and the Bloc Quebecois would be strange bedfellows in a propped up Tory government.
And in the NWT, I see no reason why perennial backbencher Michael McLeod deserves to be re-elected. Sure, he has secured some government funding for various projects, but who’s to say a Conservative majority government with a Tory MP by the curious name of Yanik D’Aigle wouldn’t also bring home federal funding for projects designated as priorities by the new NWT Legislative Assembly?
(Full disclosure: D’Aigle is president of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife, of which I am a member. I am also a proud supporter of the Tory candidate.)
And as D’Aigle is a very bright, very personable financial services expert who runs the Royal Bank in Yellowknife — his nickname is bowtie banker — he could be a legitimate contender for a top spot in a Scheer government.
We saw how that electorate sought change in the recent territorial general election. Look at how many incumbents were tossed out! I will blog on that in coming days. My predictions, for the most part, didn’t exactly work out. And I’ve been debriefing myself about that.
But I digress.
So I think the NWT riding is also ready for change. And no, I can’t see the Greens, PPC or NDP having any real chance of taking the seat. They will only serve to split the vote in some interesting ways, mostly to the advantage of the Tories — a party that hasn’t held the NWT riding in decades.
Sadly, the disinterest in the federal election — perhaps as a result of the territorial election being just a few weeks ago — will see a pretty low voter turnout, I predict. This despite high early voting.
I wish some people I know would get out and vote. But they just aren’t motivated by any of the parties.
So the few of us that will make our mark will be making a decision for many others.
And they can’t complain about who wins if they don’t vote.
So where have I been for the past couple of months? No bylines from the courthouse for Cabin Radio. No blog since Sept. 30. The occasional byline in a Northern News Service Ltd. (NNSL) publication.
Well, I was offered a five-week contract to do editing and page design in the newsroom of my former employer NNSL. As a freelancer, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It was also a rare chance to return to a place that I was fired from less than a year previous.
Odd, that. But I left NNSL on good terms, myself and the powers that be both realizing we just had different ideas on how the place should be run. And they, of course, had the final say.
But I had a reasonably good time returning to the second floor of that iconic blue metal bunker on 50 Street and 51 Avenue working on Yellowknifer and News/North newspapers.
That did mean I had to suspend my volunteer work covering the courthouse for community news outlet Cabin Radio.
And working full-time again distracted me from my blogging duties.
After my stint at NNSL, I entered Stanton Territorial Hospital to get a new left knee. I had waited over a year for the new parts, but was happy to have the procedure done in the brand, spanking new hospital. I’ll blog more on that later.
So, as I re-enter the real world — I’ve been in a post-operation opiate fog — I’ll hopefully return to the life I had over the summer. That means some paid contract work for select clients, along with some volunteer work for local organizations.
And with Christmas coming, I’ll be ringing the bells again for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive. I had a great time doing that last year and I have a deep respect for the work the Sally Ann does in the community.