Canada changed forever

There have been historical changes to the political landscape following the results of Election Day on May 2.

Some very good things came out of this election; some things were predictable; and others were utterly disappointing.

Let’s start by admitting if anyone told us two weeks ago the NDP under Jack Layton would form the official Opposition, we would have laughed ourselves silly.

However, he is the first NDP leader to form the Opposition and he will try to hold Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s feet to the coals.

We very much like what Mr. Layton said following the results on Election Night: he was going to provide propositions more than the status quo opposition.

It will be very interesting to see if Mr. Harper will present his bull in the China shop approach to Mr. Layton’s questions, or if he goes with the Mr. Nice Guy look he tried to portray during the campaign.

Elizabeth May also made history by being the first Green Party candidate to win a seat in the House of Common.

Finally, the Greens have a seat on the national stage and, undoubtedly, she will keep the environment front and centre during the next four years.

We believe the Green Party will make some substantial gains in both federal and provincial elections thanks to her victory.

It was predictable that Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was going to go down hard, as he had been hammered by Conservative attack ads for the past two years and he did nothing to improve his image during the election campaign.

And even though he promised he would stick with the party regardless of the election outcome, he ran with his tail between his legs and the party in shambles the following morning.

We’re not going to lose any sleep over the demise of Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe.

Too long has he lived high on the hog at the expense of the Canadian taxpayers while he tried to pull the country apart.

We congratulate Cathy McLeod for retaining her seat in the House, and we believe she did so because of the type of person she is.



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