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October 15th, 2008
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Canadian Election Results
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As a non-Canadian voter (i.e. I did not vote in the Canadian Election, due to being ineligible) my opinion holds little to no weight, but as a prospective Canadian I've been extremely interested in the results of this year's election.

My first reaction to the news that Stephen Harper had gained a strengthened minority this morning was disappointment, that Canada is going to have another four years of Conservative government. The New Democratic Party gained eight seats, which is one of the movements I was looking for this election, but wasn't exactly the slide I was hoping for, and doesn't raise my hopes of there being an NDP government or even opposition next time around (in total, the Bloc still got more seats!)

I'm a little angry at the low voter turnout - if there had been high numbers, I could at least concede that a LOT of Canadians wanted a conservative leader. However, with the low turnout, all I can conclude is that Conservative voters turned up. Again, not being a Canadian voter, I have no right to complain.

Ah well. I can only hope that the NDP momentum holds up for the next 16-28 years.

Work's good right now, as such - a colleague going on paternity leave has given me the opportunity to run the end of a project in his absence, which is going pretty well. There are a few sticky bugs to clear today on the PS2 version of the game, and then we should clear the last issues in the Wii version by the end of the week. I'm enjoying taking lead, and I'm hoping that this is a step towards taking on a project from the start, or at least taking technical design responsibilities. I *am* pretty weary, though!

We've also started a "code club" at work - a kind of extra-curricular session wherein we stay at work to experiment with the things that we'd like to work on - the things that get pushed aside for ever-closing deadlines and last-minute bugs. We're all looking to integrate with PhyreEngine, which is an interesting idea - it would be nice to work in a framework that already provided the basics of a game engine, and PE seems to go a ways beyond that.

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From:rumor_esq
Date:October 15th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
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Never to be untoward to our neighbours (particularly from the motherland!), we appreciate your interest!

I was desperately hoping for an NDP-Lib minority force, but clearly that was nowhere near in the cards. Now I expect the next 2 or so years, if not more, will drive me nuts.

It is however possible that the beginning of the depression will totally fuck Harper.
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From:wererogue
Date:October 15th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the next couple of years are going to piss me off too :/
Maybe Harper will toady up to Obama? Actually, that's pretty scary too.
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From:freakwoman
Date:October 15th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
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To the best of my knowledge none of the Suncheon foreigners from Canada received their ballot in time to vote.
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From:longpig
Date:October 15th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
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He called the election on such short notice I wasn't sure I would get mine in time, and I mailed the form from Canada, like 2 days after it was called.

Motherfucker.

Edited at 2008-10-15 09:19 am (UTC)
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From:wererogue
Date:October 15th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
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That's pants-on-head retarded O_o
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From:ladyiolanthe
Date:October 15th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my neighbour's wife is registered to vote in Banff, not Fort Chipewyan, and her job is there -- she's just up here on maternity leave -- so she also applied for a special ballot. It came in the mail yesterday afternoon. I'm not sure what the deadline is for sending special ballots out but I think the day of the election is probably too late, especially since there's no way she could have gotten it postmarked before today, a day AFTER the election.

So even Canadians LIVING IN CANADA who wanted to vote lost their chance because of the short notice.
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From:elanya
Date:October 15th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, medium. You had the option of faxing in your application, which is what I did because I knew i would never get my ballot in time otherwise. I still had to express mail back my ballot to get it there in time.

They needed to get there by yesterday at 6 though, so she is probably out of luck.
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From:sorceror
Date:October 15th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Canada is going to have another four years of Conservative government.

Not necessarily. Not even likely; since it's a minority government, it could easily fall long before then. This past minorty was the longest-lived ever, and it was only 2.5 years.
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From:elanya
Date:October 15th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Yes because everyone is going to want *another* election in two years. >_<

I think the Tory strategy is just to keep having elections so frequently that soon only their supporters are the ones who turn out, and they can build a majority that way.

Dicks. :p
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From:sorceror
Date:October 15th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, we'll see. There is the theory (put about by many non-Conservatives) that they called this election to secure another government before the shit hit the fan economically. If the economy does take a serious downturn and the Conservatives get blamed for it, then they won't want another election, while the Liberals (once they have their leadership issues sorted out) and NDP will.
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From:wererogue
Date:October 15th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Good point. Long enough, anyway.
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