LETTER: It was the saddest election in our history
When all is said and done, the Sept. 20 election could be the saddest election in our history.
It started when our ego-driven Prime Minister, with family in hand, pounded on the door of our newly-minted Governor General to get permission to dissolve Parliament.
Sept. 20 would be the date to head to the polls more than two years earlier than the date on your calendar. A pandemic was still roaring and, in fact, was starting to get worse. The cost of the election was $610 million.
It was the beginning of a tale of woe.
The leaders came out with outrageous, costly promises. Promises that would likely go unfilled, since we are still waiting for some promises from the 2015 and 2019 elections to be filled.
The Liberal leader even went so far as to suggest he would be the only one able to end this pandemic. Really! If he had the magic formula why didn’t he share it with his fellow Canadians?
It was a disappointing result for all party leaders. There should be some leadership reviews.
Mr. Trudeau didn’t get his coveted majority, his main goal.
Canadians weren’t buying what Mr. O’Toole put on the table, even though the Conservatives outvoted the Liberals for the second straight election, but fell short on seat count.
The Bloc didn’t hit their hoped-for number, neither did the fourth-place NDP. For the Greens their leader didn’t come close to winning, and the People’s Party’s leader didn’t win a seat.
It gets worse.
Although there are no numbers available it is likely hundreds, if not thousands, were not able to vote. These are the hundreds of people with COVID in hospitals across the country (look at Alberta). the likely thousands quarantined at home because a child was sent home after a school was closed, or a worker in a factory or business sent home. Then there are families mourning the loss of a loved one from the COVID.
Likely many in the long line-ups, some with young children, gave up and headed home when word got out that projected numbers indicated their vote wouldn’t matter. An Elections Canada spokesman said, “I feel for the people who had to do that” when informed of the situation.
The problem was made worse because there were, in many areas, dozens of fewer polling places available since COVID restricted using schools and other buildings.
According to columnist John Ivison, 58.4 per cent of eligible voters reached the ballot box, the lowest in history.
Leaders crossed the country trawling for votes, filled the air with carbon emissions, while people are asked to do their share to save the planet. In addition, the many buses for the ground game were adding to the pollution.
And to think the results were basically the same as 2019.
Many Canadians on social media are suggesting the $610-million bill be sent to the Liberal Party of Canada.
The Premier of Saskatchewan called it the “most pointless election in Canadian history”.
A sad day for Canada, indeed.