Sure, this could be the title for a zombie movie, but this has a much different feel to it.
That was the length of this past Canadian election.
In the end, when the dust settled, Justin Trudeau and his liberals cruised to a majority. They pushed hope instead of fear that Harper’s Conservatives were pushing at nearly every step. The Conservative campaign was a dark side of Canadian politics, as candidates openly voiced their homophobic and Islamophobic platforms. They tried to ignore the scandals, tried to circumvent the Supreme Court of Canada, and tried to use fear of the Other as a way to win the heart of Canadians.
But Canadians are not a hateful people.
In a best case scenario, Trudeau would still be Prime Minister, with Thomas Mulcair as Official Opposition. The Conservatives voted into political oblivion. That is a just punishment for attempting to bring about fear and hatred into the hearts of Canadians.
Globally under Harper and the Conservatives, Canada has fallen. We no longer had the respect we had earned under other governments. We were a laughing stock that muzzled scientists, that censored the media, that did not have compassion nor empathy for our fellow citizens of this planet. Under the Conservatives, we would have become just another American State.
Now, we have hope, albeit a cautious one. Now Trudeau has his work cut out for him, but we can help. Voters of every political stripe have the right to reach out to our new Prime Minister with suggestions of how to better make Canada great again. We were a great nation at one time. For ten years, we lost sight of that.
But now we can rise to that level once again.