At a moment like this I think of Mitch Miller and his chorus singing Happy Days are here again. Stephen Harper has resigned as Party Leader and he may stay on as a Member of Parliament for the time being. Nine years of politics of fear and division are over, nastiness shown the door. Harper who is from Calgary in Alberta, now he lives in a City, Calgary whose Mayor is a much loved and popular Progressive Muslim, a country where Neo Con American policies are repudiated and sent into the wilderness, a Province Alberta with a left leaning Premier Rachel Notley, NDP and a centre left Prime Minister Trudeau, you have to love Karma.
The Trudeau family, Justin, Sophie Grégoire and the three kids Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace Margaret, 6, and Hadrien, 1.
The Election came and it is a massive victory for the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau. The Liberals have been called the Natural Ruling Party of Canada our back in power and that is GOOD NEWS for us all, I am very happy with this turn of events. This is a complete and total repudiation of Stephen Harper and his small minded party, fear, hate, xenophobia and racism agenda. Truly Harper was and is a repugnant man and good riddance. As journalist Chantal Hébert of the Toronto Star said, Harper’s legacy will be one of nastiness.
What is truly ironic is that Justin Trudeau at 43, wins such a great electoral victory, the Liberals were in third place in the last Parliament and now they are first. Justin who was attacked by Harper and his cronies as not ready and being unable to govern, too young is now the Prime Minister designate. Harper the faux economist replaced by a school teacher Trudeau. Quite the slap in the face to Harper who despised him and his late father Pierre and who made a point of saying nasty things about Trudeau father on numerous occasion including the day of his funeral.
The horrible damage done to our Democracy must now be repaired and it will be a tough slug, 9 years of corruption under Harper has to be undone. Justin Trudeau has promised to work closely with all the Provinces and Quebec is back into the fold of the National government and again assume its historical role as the King maker in this election, this is a welcome change.
Harper who aligned our Foreign Policy on an unconditional support of Netanyahu in Israel, to get the pro-Israel vote this has not paid off. The Jewish vote in Canada is traditionally Liberal and again they voted Liberal. An ill conceived policy of Harper who threatened our traditional role of Peace keeper and middle-man in that part of the world for which we were so well respected. Now Trudeau will have to re-align our Foreign Policy to a more level headed, middle of the road approach. I can just imagine Netanyahu being very unhappy about this turn of events. In Washington DC we are hoping for good relations with the Obama administration, Trudeau and Obama are natural allies, whereas Harper despised Obama and aligned himself with the GOP leadership, again a costly mistake. Same goes for our relations with Europe, the UN and Asia where Harper made numerous enemies, he also has few friends even in his own Caucus. Trudeau has to get us out of the bombing campaign in Syria and stop all the military adventurism of the Harper years, focusing again on our Hu.
But there is so much more to work on from Pensions for our Veterans, adequate funding for Health Care, re-establish funding for the CBC Radio-Canada so it can continue as our National Broadcaster, protecting Seniors in their old age, pensions, the environment, our infrastructure, job creation, freeing scientists to do their jobs without fear, re-establishing the National Census, repeal and amend bill C-51 (Secret Police) and bill C-24 (stripping of Citizenship), Assisted Dying Legislation, Legalizing Marijuana and the list goes on.
In the Old 41 Parliament at dissolution the standing was Conservative 159, NDP 95 and Liberals 36.
Now in the new 42sd Parliament the Liberals have made a huge come back with an absolute majority of 184 Seats, the Conservatives are the Official Opposition with only 99 seats and the NDP are now in third place at 44 seats, their leader Tom Mulcair will probably have to step down also. The rest of the seats are divided amongst other Parties who may not have Official Party Status according to Parliamentary rules. This Liberal victory is good for Ontario and for the Capital Ottawa both led by Liberals. In Ottawa Centre, Catherine McKenna, a brilliant women, is our new MP. Though she is replacing the much loved Paul Dewar, NDP.
The Senate which is not elected has 105 members, Conservatives have 47 seats, Liberals 29 seats and 7 independents. There are 22 vacant seats at this time, this is where the new Prime Minister could appoint and recommend to the Governor General new Liberal Senators and tip the balance. Otherwise bills coming from the House of Commons could be delayed by the Conservative Senators though not defeated. It is hoped the Conservative Senators would not do that given all the legal problems the Senate is facing at this time including criminal enquiries and trials of Conservative Senators, like Mike Duffy and Brazeau.
Parliament of Canada, Ottawa.