6.09.2009

way to go, nova scotia!

Is the next chapter of this blog "we move to nova scotia"? An NDP majority government, and a record-setting number of women. Wow.

8 comments:

Sarah O. said...

I know, I'm so excited! I love this province.

MSEH said...

ditto!!!

John F said...

One of the more interesting (and positive!) results from last night was the election of Lenore Zann in Truro-Bible Hill. She's a Hollywood actor of long standing who came back to the area a couple of years ago.

After she was nominated as the NDP candidate, a Liberal staffer distributed topless photos of her to several media outlets (she has appeared on The L-Word, among other things, so the pics are out there). There was a bit of a scandal, but it was that the Liberals had dared to do this to her. No one cared about the actual photos.

Her election is particularly significant because Truro is a conservative town. Robert Stanfield, who was the federal PC leader in the early 70s, was from here. Also, you may recall that Truro made national news a couple of years ago when the town refused to fly the Gay Pride flag. At the time, the mayor made some very ignorant comments that equated the GLBT community with pedophiles.

My chief regret about her victory is that I didn't get to vote for her. I live in the rural riding immediately outside of town, which reelected a Tory. Bah.

John F said...

As an addendum, here's a link to the Truro Daily News article on her victory. It comes complete with predictable and amusing sour grapes in the comments section at the bottom.

L-girl said...

"There was a bit of a scandal, but it was that the Liberals had dared to do this to her. No one cared about the actual photos."

This is one of the first things I learneda about the political landscape in Canada, or much of it, anyway - the backfiring of attack ads. Let's hope it's in effect nationwide.

The war resisters campaign has a great supporter in Truro: see this post. I hope the link to the story still works.

Thanks for the info, John. It's very difficult (or impossible) to get context without reports from the front, so to speak. I haven't been reading NS political blogs, so your info is very interesting and useful.

Cornelia said...

Great stuff, really uplifting and encouraging!!!

John F said...

This victory has added significance because it's the first-ever NDP government east of Ontario.

This is a province that has been traded between Grits and Tories since before Confederation. Votes were traditionally bought here with bottles of rum and gravel for your driveway. Darrell Dexter and the NDP have sent the political old guard here into total shock.

L-girl said...

Thanks, John, that is so cool.

"Votes were traditionally bought here with bottles of rum and gravel for your driveway."

This ties in with my recent post about the "Triangle" book - Tammany Hall, corruption, vote buying. How things work, until someone stops them.