Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Elections Quebec Style
I received a note from Zannie, one of my sisters that simply said, “for us it is all done.”
I was intrigued and called her immediately. I had to know what did she meant?
In my family we are not to comfortable with transitions, we jump right into the core of the matter. “What is all done?” I asked her.
She said, “Our elections! What else? We have re-elected Harper. It took less than two months, no bombardments of political ads, no robot phone calls and it was relatively painless and inexpensive.”
I said, “I know, I read in the Montreal Gazette that again Quebec distinguished itself by voting for anyone except the major parties.”
“Bien oui, she said. We love to have a minority government, it prevents abuse. Besides we in Quebec do not trust a strong Federal government lead by Anglophones to understand our culture.”
“Well, Mom did vote for Harper in the first election and he is from Alberta, you could not get more Anglophone!”
“True, she conceded, but you must remember that soon after we took her in to see if she was beginning to show signs of Alzheimer?”
“Yes, that is true, we both laughed, and the doctor said that she was sharper than most people.”
“Harper wanted to change many of our rights, and here in Quebec, we are socialists and proud of it. Why else would we vote for the Bloc Québéquois, a party who can not win in the Federal elections since it only represents Québec”
“Let me guess, you voted for them?”
“Yes, I did and so did Denis and Francine, Catherine, Nathalie, François. Pierre and Sylvie probably went with NPD as did Mom and Valerie. Pat and Martine, I am not sure maybe they went Green?”
I said with envy, “so many choices.”
“So is Obama going to win, she finally asked me,”
“No doubt, he will win the popular vote, I said. But not sure about the electoral college.”
“What’s wrong with Americans? Why are they still using this archaic process? I really don’t get it. This is the age of information, it should be based on each vote”
“Maybe this a way to keep the capitalists in power legally?” I replied.
Maybe that is the true reason to keep that process, it worked in 2000. We rolled over like lambs and accepted a legal decision which has now been challenged by hidden facts such as dumping ballots and voter intimidation as well as eliminating perfectly valid ballots.
I do hope that this time, justice will prevail and that the winner will be the deserving.