Whew! We are all breathing a huge sigh of relief with the election of Justin Trudeau as leader of a majority Liberal government. It's like we are waking up from a long bad dream. For the first time in many months or even years, Canadians are beginning to look forward to feeling comfortable and positive about our our own country. Here on Vancouver Island though, the Liberal surge turned a slightly different colour. The NDP (orange) won 6 of the 7 seats and Green leader Elizabeth May won her seat again. Although I supported Tom Mulcair, I am very pleased at Trudeau's win and I think he will actually be better for Canada because he's a member of a long-standing party, he's young and enthusiastic, plus he has the support of a lot of young people. Funny thing, although everyone over 50 knows that Justin is the son of famous Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, I've heard the many young people aren't even aware of that.
So far Justin appears to be ready to move on the campaign promises he made. Yesterday he held a news conference in Ottawa and one thing he said really resonated.
"Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years," said Trudeau. "Well I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians: We're back!"
Hooray. Now we can move on with our lives.