EDITORIAL: Historic vote brings changes

So much for an election nobody apparently wanted being a waste of time for all concerned.

OK, it cost us several hundred million and it was at least a year before anybody really wanted it, but it brought so many dramatic changes it’s impossible to say it wasn’t worth the bother.

For one, we finally now have a majority government and no more elections with dubious results for at least four years.

No matter your political colours at least there was a clear-cut winner declared and we can go back to ignoring Ottawa, except for the occasional time when something relevant needs to be addressed on a national basis. No more fearing that the government could fall at any time and a costly, painful election could result.

Although we congratulate Stephen Harper, Colin Mayes and the rest of the Tories on their victory and wish them well, they should keep in mind they gained the blessing of significantly less than 50 per cent of Canadians.

They would be well advised to govern with all taxpayers in mind, and the new opposition bulldog Jack Layton and the NDP, energized with over 100 seats, hopefully can quickly form a capable and effective voice in the House.

Monday’s historic vote also spelled the political end for Gilles Duceppe, and likely the Bloc too, which has to be considered good news for all patriotic Canadians. And as yet another Liberal leader bids adieu amidst bitter defeat, one has to wonder whether it’s time for the left-leaning parties to look at amalgamating.

Hey, Monday’s result showed it worked for the right and Stephen Harper. Finally.

—Vernon Morning Star