Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
Yesterday Canada elected a new Prime Minister and a new optimism can already be felt. The eleven weeks of this campaign was one of the worst in Canada’s history. Politics of meanness, division, and even ugliness ruled in Harper’s government. This election became for many of us a referendum on Stephen Harper.
I have spent weeks on Twitter and Facebook expressing my concern about another four years of Harper and so many others joined the fight.
I hoped for a Liberal minority – not hoping for much more. As the results began pouring in last night, it was amazing to see a tsunami of red spread across Canada. Justin Trudeau, with his vision and optimism, his positive campaign, inspired so many to vote for him.
His acceptance speech last night was visionary and full of positivity for the future of our country.
Trudeau made history as well– for being the first son to follow his father as Prime Minister; for moving from 35 seats and in third place in the previous government to 185 seats this time. Amazing.
I had despaired about our country under Harper and it felt like a huge weight had been lifted with Trudeau’s win. I am filled now with optimism that we can return to the open, accepting, positive place on the world stage. Thank you Canadians for stepping up and repudiating Harper’s mean-spiritedness and denial of democracy.