With much uncertainty heading into tomorrow election, it's hard to say anything definitive. However, there are a few reasonable conclusions that can already be drawn.
The myth of the Conservative Party, under Stephen Harper, as a well oiled, master chess playing entity, has evaporated. We can all dispense with the lofty strategic adjectives attributed to this Prime Minister, the Conservatives have clearly ran the worst campaign of all the principles. From day one, we have seen a series of gaffes and forced corrections, only amplified by a disasterous habit of self-inflicted wounds. For a man who has spent the last two and half years courting Quebecers, the political tin ear shown in this election has been deafening. Checkers not chess, blunders not brilliance.
Journalism is dead in Canada, anything substantive treated as a novelty, as people simply chase polls, project bias and provide half truths. In this election, you can say anything, hide, without the threat of accountability, comforted in the fact that the attention span is so lacking, little chance for scrutiny. Any conservative that actually still clings to the unsubstantiated frame of "our liberal media" should be laughed at hysterically. I predict right now, any independent analysis of this election coverage will suggest "our conservative media". Book it, bank it, my eyes don't lie.
The Green Party have emerged as a mainstream political player, irregardless of the final election night tallies. The Greens are no longer "fringe", if they fail to elect an MP, it says more about our system, than a lack of support. A refreshing addition to our discourse, even though it further fractures the anti-Harper crowd, a party without the rhetorical partisan baggage, the Greens are here to stay.
Canadians are largely apathetic and dis-interested in our political process. Our leaders have failed to inspire and engage, a real sense that people are choosing the least offensive, rather than investing themselves in a positive choice. Our democracy has seen better days.
The Leafs suck.