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Moving forward in politics

May 5, 2011
As we wrap up another federal election (notably the fourth one in almost seven years), I would like to offer a few thoughts and tidbits about what I consider to be, the most exciting election I’ve seen in my time.
I 've always had a simple yet realistic idea that Canadians would elect either a Liberal or Conservative government every time we go to the polls. Two choices, simple and easy. I couldn’t help but wonder about whether casting my vote would bring about fundamental change to our political establishment.
I should have thought otherwise this time around. Canadians across this great nation filled polling stations and voted on May 2, thus making their voices heard loud and clear.
For me, there’s a bigger question behind this, however. Why did Canadians want change this time around? What, if anything, constitutes change? What’s there to complain about?
It’s an important question, think about it. For me, I’m grateful for freedom, a pretty strong economy and Canadian dollar despite a global recession and a decent health care system that’s here for me when need be.
Moving forward, we now have a stable, national Conservative majority government and I’m happy that I won’t be forced into going to the polls until four years from now (with exception to the looming Ontario provincial government this fall).
What I take away from this election is jubilation about the New Democratic Party becoming the Official Opposition for the first time ever and a 19-year old Quebec student being elected as the youngest member of parliament ever.
These are exciting days ahead, knowing that young Canadians are thriving and wanting to become involved in our Canadian democratic process.
Looking at the broader picture, however, my prayer is that all of our parties will be able to work together for the good of all people and enact fair legislation for all. Despite a right-leaning Conservative majority government and a left-leaning official opposition party, our future as a country looks promising if we work together, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
That’s not too much to pray for, is it?
Andrew Santos is an intern with Salt + Light from Durham College's journalism (Print and Broadcast) programme.
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