Party leaders Elizabeth May, Green Party; Jagmeet Singh, NDP; Justin Trudeau, Liberals, and Andrew Scheer, Conservatives. (CANADIAN PRESS photos)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Parties all make noise at once

Election night speeches disappointing, says letter writer

To the editor,

Canadians who stayed tuned in to the election results late enough on Monday night were probably disappointed by party leaders’ closing speeches. Bernier accepted his humiliation graciously, while Blanchet was fittingly exuberant about the separatist Bloc Quebecois’ performance. Then came the NDP leader addressing a very enthusiastic packed hall in Burnaby; despite having lost 20 seats from the 2015 election and falling short of final predicted percentage polls, Singh was giving a victory speech. As this strange speech was drawing to a close, the cameras switched to Scheer approaching Conservative Party headquarters in Regina, but he had hardly begun to speak when the focus was switched to Trudeau arriving in Montreal’s Liberal Party headquarters. For a short while there were three leaders on a split screen, all talking to their supporters. This was a perfect vignette of how the leaders debates and most of the campaign had unfolded, with three of them talking over each other; it reminded me of an old sea shanty: “Three in a bed at the old Pier-Head.”

When the broadcasters figured out how to handle this Montreal curveball thrown in arrogance and stupidity, the speeches from the two main protagonists were equally disheartening, and not what Canadians needed to hear. More angry campaign rhetoric from both of them, with no indication of working together, as will have to be the case in a minority government situation. That Trudeau has survived, after a really terrible time with so many scandals is really quite amazing. Now he governs with only 33 per cent of the popular vote, and a paltry turnout of 65 per cent across the country means only about one-fifth of eligible Canadians voted for his leadership. He’s Mr. 21 per cent. The Green Party saw its oft-promised victories change to orange and red just like the autumn leaves, winning a sparse six per cent of the vote.

Voters gave parties a failing grade, but now realize that minority governments don’t usually last long. Chances are Canadians may be facing an election replay in 2021.

Bernie Smith, Parksville

RELATED: Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

RELATED: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crimson Coast Dance Society salutes African dance during Black History Month

Dancers from Mozambique, Rwanda and Cameroon to give demonstrations and lessons

Nanaimo Clippers, clad in Snuneymuxw jerseys, win in OT

BCHL team wins both its weekend games to stay in contention for first place on the Island

Nanaimo-bound ferry breaks down, but another available for service

Two sailings cancelled Sunday on Tsawwassen-Duke Point route

Air Canada will offer direct Nanaimo-to-Toronto flights again this year

Seasonal service will run from June until October

Nanaimo a capital city in the beard business – Wildman Beard Co.

Wildman Beard Co. gained early success with Nanaimo mill workers

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Woodlands proposed to house students during Cilaire seismic upgrades

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ plan awaits ministry of education approval

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Most Read