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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Hot, Hot, Hot 

Well, there is under a week to go in the hotly-contested Canadian election, and my riding (or "seat" in New Zealand parlance) is expected to be one of many relatively tight three-way races between the Conservatives (far-right), the Liberals (centre-right), and the New Democrats (centre-left). Unfortunately, only the first and second parties have any chance of forming a government.

Anyway, the point I would like to make is that with 5 potential voters in our house (excluding me - a poor non-citizen - what ever happened to "no taxation without representation"?) not a single candidate has come to the door, and not a single flyer or piece of electoral advertising has come through the mail box either. And it's not as if our house is hidden from public view ... the Conservative incumbent can practically see our front door from his office up the road. Needless to say, DC_Red will be cheering heartily for his demise.

Meanwhile, the media continues to report on party leaders, candidates, and functionaries working feverishly to win over voters in tight races. Excuse me? There's barely enough election signs in my area to build a small campfire in which to burn our voting papers. Though god knows it's too hot for a fire right now.

Maybe the Marijuana Party candidate will stop by our place in the next few days. Their slogan: "Let's Roll".


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