So, I am getting worse at this and I even have an Ipod Touch to make updates more easily. My latest story is that I wanted to wait until the post below would unequivocally appear to be true and and I think we are at that point. I am pretty certain that the vice presidential nominee for the Republican party has been a significant reason in the change of support levels for the two parties. It doesn’t compare to the economic crisis that has exploded since early September but the lack of judgment and the cynicism of Sarah Palin’s selection is now clear to far more of the voting population. It has created great opportunities for Tina Fey and she has done a great job capitalizing on them. Sadly, I find her impersonation of Palin a more palatable character than Palin herself.
But other realities intrude – for those who don’t pay attention to less exciting politics; we had a federal election here in Canada. It started and concluded in the 7 weeks since my last post which makes for a refreshing contrast to the semi-permanent campaign in the US. And nothing much changed – Stephen Harper’s still prime minister in a minority Conservative government and Quebec
is the reason that it’s still a minority. The tone-deaf choice of making arts cuts (and pretty minor ones at that) weeks before an election was called had a result that most could have predicted. This province does need federal arts subsidies more than the rest of Canada because the market for francophone productions is much smaller. After an administration where Harper had shown he had a good understanding of necessary actions and symbolism to recognize Quebec’s uniqueness, this move allowed the Bloc Quebecois to argue, somewhat fairly, that the Conservatives could not be trusted to protect Quebec’s interests. We’ll see what happens next – I think we are fortunate to be living in a country that is in a relatively good position with respect to the current global economic crisis. Before the election, Harper was unwilling to admit that Canada faced significant economic risks, but he’s now willing to admit a recession is possible – I’d sat highly likely is a better guess.