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Canada Votes.

Canada Votes.

The past two weeks leading up to today’s 41st Canadian election was been a total whirlwind for me in terms of political optimism and engagement. What started as yet another boring and predictable election suddenly and downright magically has turned itself around… I don’t want to get my hopes up… But today could really be a historic day in which the Canadian electorate got some balls (thanks in large part to the ridiculously inspiration people of Quebec) and demanded radical change in our parliament. I’ve voted in 3 federal elections prior to this, each time witnessing a campaign that resulted in a government that I didn’t feel represented me or my community. Each time I tried really, really hard to feel inspired. To feel like my country was capable of something beyond the expected. But nothing exciting ever happened, and the more and more politically pessimistic I grew. But there is something in the air right now. For the first time in my experience as an eligible voter, the Canadian people seem to actually be engaged and inspired and whatever goes down today I have to just feel grateful for getting to witness that. Maybe my optimism is doomed to be crushed by day’s end and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives will take the majority they’ve always dreamed of and destroy everything I love about my home and native land. But right now polls are suggesting that Jack Layton’s left-wing NDPs – who have never even been considered a possibility as far as forming government is concerned – could take 100+ seats and form the official opposition, or – in the dreamiest of all situations – actually form government. So please, please, please if you’re Canadian go and vote today and make Orange Monday the reality we’re dreaming of…

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