What a great night watching the Canadian election returns with a nine-year old and an eight year old! They have not really studied political science in school to any great degree, but they sure have some strong opinions. I suppose it is the strong-willed parents they live with.
Flashback to the election day in the US when Obama took the Presidency. I was lucky enough to be in Hawaii that night. Anticipating a Canadian style TV coverage event, we tucked in to watch it. As I now know, the electing of a President is a might site different from a Canadian election night. How disappointed I was!
But tonight was Canadian politics at its best. A real nail biter! It went almost to 8pm before we knew if the Conservatives took the majority. It seems the West actually mattered! And the NDP in a whole new game, most seats in the party history. And just in, Elizabeth May wins a seat for the Green Party. That is the first Green Party win in not only Canada, but all of North America.
My two TV watching companions are chomping at the bit to vote themselves. Counting the years and how many elections until they too, will participate in the miracle of our Canadian democracy. It was really exciting to be their Mom tonight.