Priority Now is to Heal the Divisions Between Regions Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner November 6, 2019
Conservative candidate Michael Skinner poses with NDP candidate Candace Shaw at The Venue in Peterborough, Oct. 21, 2019, after he had a close race with incumbent Maryam Monsef who won the election. JESSICA NYZNIK/EXAMINER
With relief, I saw right-wing ideology turned back in my country on October 21.
I saw almost 65% of my compatriots turn down all aspects of Trumpism, and vote for faster climate action and for an inclusive, fairer country.
I saw that, apart from a few nasty comments, such as Andrew Scheer calling Justin Trudeau names during the national TV debate, it was generally civil in tone. It was still not substantial enough in discussion of issues.
The campaign certainly was civil in Peterborough, though some letters to the newspaper displayed deep animosity. I saw people, feminists, bringing flowers to the offices of both Candace Shaw and Maryam Monsef. I saw citizens of opposing parties reinserting campaign signs that had fallen over for their neighbours.
My two brothers made a joke of taking their opposing front lawn signs and moving them to the backyard on each other, overnight.
Peterborough thinker Ben Wolfe posted a graceful post-election message. He thanked those who voted strategically for winner Monsef in order that Conservatives not be elected, and then he thanked those who voted with their hearts, for the NDP and the Greens.
We may have dodged a bullet.
Voters should know now that Scheer's team of advisers included Hamish Marshall, who co-founded the right-wing media site The Rebel. Continue Reading >HERE<
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