||[Jun. 29th, 2004|12:32 pm]
I found the missing $30. (For the JYG event.) Seems that I'd tucked it up in the driver's side visor since I didn't have pockets. Found it this morning when I put my parking garage ticket there.|
I finally called the Countess (who is land agent for Pennsic this year) to ask for permission to camp with the Barony. She, of course, gave me permission.
Stayed up too late last night watching election results. For my American readers - we had a federal election yesterday. We now have a minority government. Some people say they keep the government more accountable; others think they are too expensive since we could have another election in a few months - whenever a government non-confidence vote fails.
Final break down of seats:
BQ (Quebec separatists) 54
NDP (socialists) 19
Number of seats needed for a majority government = 155
Liberal + Socialist seats = 154
This means everyone will have to work together to make this government work.
My favourite election night stories and observations:
-voter turn out was 60.5%, the lowest ever. For such a tight-race, you would have thought it would be higher.
-In my parent's riding, a 25-year-old kid beat out a cabinet minister - the Minister of Defence. (We have somewhat of a precedent for this. In the 1995 provincial election, we elected a 26-year-old.)
-Maureen McTear (wife of Joe Clark) tried to become the first husband-wife team elected in the 1990's. This time, the wife of Jack Layton also tried for the same honour, but she didn't win. It seems that B.C. has actually elected a husband and wife team - non-famous backbenchers, which means that each was probably elected on their own merits and not because they were the spouse of someone famous. http://www.cbc.ca/story/election/national/2004/06/29/married_mp040629.html
-And the record for quickest, sleazy, breaking of election promises goes to ... During the election the leader of the BQ repeatedly said that a vote for his party was only a vote for more representation for Quebec, not a vote for separation. Last night in his post-election speech, he said that their 54 seats were both a vote for the party and a vote for separation.
-Pundits are saying that the fear-mongering and negative ads by the Liberals about the Conservatives worked. It will be studied more. I hope it didn't work. This was one of the few areas of government that we could really feel superior to Americans - that our election ads didn't look like those horrible ones you see on American (NY state channels)during their elections.
-The Green party got about 4% of the popular vote and will get more funding as a federal party under the new federal formula.