HARPER IS GONE!
Why cautiously? Well, it's because the Liberals are now in power, and I am a supporter of the New Democrats. I think Thomas Mulcair could have been an incredible prime minister. I really liked his social policies.
I am also unimpressed with the number of Conservative initiatives the Liberals backed while Harper was in power.
In fact, the only thing the Liberals proposed that I liked was their fiscal policy.
Also, I'm a little sad today. I feel like the NDP (New Democrat Party, for those not in the know) was robbed this election. I feel like the Liberals were elected out of fear of Harper, rather than the strength of their campaign. I feel like the NDP lost out because of the fear of Harper.
And that's a shame, because I really think they would have done well.
Now, our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has his work cut out for him. He must do a lot to repair Canada's international reputation; something Harper obliterated. I hope for a Canada that is once again on the path to peacekeeping.
I'm hoping for a Canada to once again lead the way in successful multiculturalism.
I'm hoping for a Canada that finally respects its indigenous people.
I'm hoping for a Canada that restores its environmental protections, and seeks a greener economy.
I'm hoping for a Canada the restores its healthcare to be the envy of the world; a Canada that cares about the people living within its borders.
I'm not sure that Trudeau will deliver this. I'm not sure he can.
But, for the first time in ten years, I'm hopeful.
I guess I won't be fleeing to somewhere in Scandinavia after all. It was a serious consideration leading up to this election. I was very unwilling to subject myself to another term of Harper's incredibly evil reign.
Thank you, Canada, for voting. Thank you for finally getting rid of that man who so soiled everything I had loved about this beautiful country.
Now it's time to restore ourselves. Let's do so in traditional Canadian fashion.