Where to begin?
Not blogging for the last eight weeks has been difficult! I was reminded how much I need to write, and how much I enjoy writing for readers. I have so much to catch up on -- I've been keeping a list -- but I don't want to overwhelm you. (For selfish reasons: I want you to read!) I'm going to blog my heart out, but I'll schedule only one daily post. At least that's the plan.
The timeline runs something like this.
April 7 - Ontario NDP search committee contacts me.
April 9 - I agree to seek the nomination for the NDP in my riding; vetting begins.
April 16 - Allan and I go to Vancouver Island with my brother and sister-in-law who live in Oregon. More than just a vacation, this was an exploratory trip, as we are considering moving there.
April 20 - I am cleared to seek the nomination.
April 24 - We return home from Vancouver Island.
April 29 - I attend my first official NDP event, Andrea Horwath's campaign kickoff rally in Hamilton.
May 6 - I am officially nominated as the NDP candidate for Mississauga Centre.
May 7 - I begin leave-of-absence from work and union responsibilities.
May 9 - Writ drops (election begins)
- whole bunch of stuff happens -
June 7 - Rob Ford's Conservative party wins majority government; Andrea Horwath's NDP becomes official opposition party. We placed second in the riding, getting 27% of the vote -- almost double the usual percentage for NDP in Mississauga, and the first time the Party has come in second here. Other Mississauga ridings have similar results.
The outcome is grim. Not for me personally! I return to work that I love, both as a librarian and a union activist. I learned a lot, met wonderful people, and gained valuable experience. No worries for me.
But the outlook for the people of our province is terrible. Many, many people will suffer. The richest will get richer on the backs of the poor and working class. The middle class will continue to struggle mightily to maintain a decent quality of life; many will be unable to. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, and white nationalism will rise and become more socially acceptable.
The majority of Ontarians have made a terrible choice, acting against their own best interests.