Thursday, April 28, 2011

Federal Election history 29-40, 1972-2008: more of the same

… then there were a whole lot more elections in which the latest leaders and their entourages of pollsters and spin doctors jetted about the country seeking photogenic backdrops for photo ops.

I knew early in this series that I was not inclined to carry it right through the elections of the most recent decades.  Not that the electoral outcomes  -- Trudeau, Mulroney, Chrétien, the rise of Reform, the era of the Bloc Québécois, the return of minority parliaments -- have been unimportant.  Anything but.  But the campaigns all seem to blur together,  stupid, manufactured media events increasingly despised and disregarded by the voters as turnout slowly falls. 

Or maybe it’s just that campaigns in which I have actually voted don’t seem historic enough for this blog.

I’m not saying the election is not important. It is.  Get out and vote on Monday.  Get out on vote on Monday.

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