Today is a federal election in Canada, when we will be choosing out new Prime Minister (or choosing the one we already have all over again). Go Vote. Remember too, that there is a big change in how politics is funded in Canada this year. Up until now the political parties were funded according to the number of ridings they won. This means that smaller parties, (like the NDP) who might have had quite a bit of the popular vote that won few ridings received far less funding. This means that the big parties get the money and stay big, and the small parties get small money and stay small. For the first time this year, your vote is worth
That’s right my friend, when you vote, you hand $1.75 to the NDP (or you know…whichever one you vote for). This means that even if your party doesn’t win, or doesn’t win many ridings, they are now funded according to what you actually voted for. Get it?
This means, (for example) that if you happened to be a hippy, feminist, knitting, tree-hugging, pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage, recycling vegetarian…. They can’t give your $1.75 vote money to help Steven Harper promote ideals, morals and approaches you don’t agree with, just because he won in your riding.
This means that your vote would support Jack Layton, (or you know…whoever) even if he doesn’t win. Vote your heart. Save the world.
PS. Here is a picture of the almost finished mango tank. Let’s not talk about how close I am in case it spontaneously combusts. The Canadians among you will note that it is Orange. You will wonder if this is a hint. You will have to guess.
What do you guys think about just crocheting a tie for the tank out of the yarn? There doesn’t appear to be a ribbon in Toronto that matches it.
PS # 2 Hey Ryan…Your Dublin Bay socks (in progress) got a trip to the Pride Parade yesterday. They had a good time. The socks would like to apologize to the guy who was standing underneath Sam and the Super-Soaker. Sam had a good time too.