Surprising

October 11, 2007

The election results for my hometown. I’m not surprised that the PC took it – it’s been Conservative for ages and ages – but that the Green party made such inroads. I was struck by the preponderance of Green party signs over the weekend, and by the local media’s anxious rhetoric of the riding becoming ‘progressive,’ as that’s an adjective I’ve never associated with my rural community. But the demographics are slowly changing – the previously decimated downtown core now sports boutique clothing stores and cafes, cycling as a class marker is shifting (now a leisure activity for the affluent- perhaps something that can be enjoyed on the new holiday weekend, about which a suspicious rant is brewing – rather than as the only means of transportation available to some)… interesting. Had there been no riding redistribution a few years ago, the outcome may have been even more surprising.

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