Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Great Pumpkin Arrives In Nova Scotia

March 10th! How did that happen? That's the date of my last post. Since then there have been not one, but two more trips to Sweden (one in April and one in May) and I'll have more pictures from those to share soon. I may start using Picassa for photo sharing, we'll see.

Last night was election night in Nova Scotia. As predicted the New Democrat Party (NDP) (party color is orange) squashed (pun intended) the Tory minority government we had before the election. You did know that pumpkins are in the squash family didn't you?

Voter turnout was 58%. That is, 58% of the eligible voters cast a ballot. Since the NDP won a majority with 45% of the popular vote, that means that 26.1% of the population (45% of 58) determined the newly elected government. Am I the only one who finds that appalling?

The NDP have never formed a government in Nova Scotia before. We'll see how they do. I find myself possessed of a certain morbid curiousity.

After one of the last Federal elections a few years ago, when the Liberals won a clear majority by sweeping Ontario and a couple of seats in Quebec, I took to referring to them as the Federal Government of Ontario.

Would the results have been different if more people had participated? Given the mood here I'd suggest probably not. Still, I'd feel happier if I knew that the government was determined by more than 40% of the eligible voters.....

Not only did I vote yesterday, but I also acted as a 'scruitineer'. What that means is that I went to one of the polls, on behalf of one of the candidates, where I witnessed and participated in the counting of the votes. The early results were telling. The candidate I was representing surged ahead for a bit, then gradually lost ground. Then he lost more ground, and well before we got to the last of the votes, it was clear. There was no hope.... :) Despite the disappointment it was a very interesting insight into the political process, and part of it that I'd never witnessed before.

If I can find a good picture of a pumpkin I'll add it to the beginning of this post later. In the meantime, did anyone bring some whipped cream? I feel like a slice of pie..... :)


Blogger Shauna said...

No whipped cream for you....unless you share:)


June 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM  

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