Once again the polls were no were no where close. The polls indicated that the election was too close to call, and yet the NDP candidate Catherine Fife won the riding with 40% of the vote, the Conservatives with 30% and the Liberals trailing with 23% of the vote. But isn’t the story so much more interesting when the horses are running neck to neck.The story everyone is telling is that the Liberals peeved off the teachers who tipped the vote by voting NDP. The NDP voters were not all teachers, so something else happened in the riding..
- It is clear that Kitchener voters did not want McGuinty to get his majority. I speculate that as Canadians have not yet found any one leader that they feel they can trust, they do not intend to give out majorities to anyone until they do feel they have found that
- person. Andrea Horvath could be that person, but the main criteria for electing a government is with the idea, first that you can govern. Andrea is still an unknown in the governing, the working with McGuinty during the budget went a long way to show her competence.
- Although the seat had been a long time Conservative seat, I suspect they lost it due to a repudiation of Tim Hudak himself. I do not think that I am alone in the feeling that Hudak is abrasive, but if KW voters voted to keep a minority government in Toronto, they did not intend to have an election any sooner, and a vote for the Conservatives would have emboldened Tim Hudak who is already altogether too confrontational and eager to bring down the government..
I hope that more is happening than just this. I hope that what we are witnessing is that the voters are choosing to vote for someone that leans more to serving the 99%, and that that is the reason they did not vote for the Liberals or the Conservatives who always, always, always, votes in policies that favour the 1%.I hope there is another story hidden below the surface, and that is that the teachers got out and influenced the voters, and thus the vote. I hope that this a story of activism, and a story of how the activists have felt empowered. There is the parallel of the students of getting out and influenced the Quebec election for their own purpose. Chalk up 2 for the activists. Hopefully the feeling of empowerment will spread and Canadians as a whole will be carried on road to electing governments that will represent the majorities` interests. I hope the examples of these wins will propel voters to a confidence in taking our power back from politicians.
I’ve included this poll to give a sense of the political direction that Canadian voters are going.
Sept 7 /2012 Poll courtesy of WaterlooChronicle.ca
What type of government do you prefer?
- A minority government (71%, 110 Votes)
- A majority government (29%, 44 Votes)
Total Voters: 154
Here is a You Tube Clip of the KW Bi-Election winner Catherine Fife. You’ll note that she is low key and down to earth; KW chose someone like US.