My first thought was protests, too; but Harper doesn't care about protests. He eats protests for breakfast and then washes them down with human rights. I think he's going to have fun with the NDP, too. My second thought is to just strengthen and protect whatever institutions we care about in whatever ways we can. For us, that means devoting ourselves to our little food co-op and our local environmental group. And it may just mean having to get more involved with party politics...something neither DH or I can stand, but care very deeply about. It also means taking off the gloves publicly. We live in a military town and lots of dd's friends have parents/family in the military. Most of them declare themselves Conservatives. We've always tried to downplay our politics (a little bit) so as not to cause difficulties for dd. We certainly share our values, but we have tried to be tactful. Now I will openly state at every opportunity that I don't consider Harper my leader, that I oppose every single thing he stands for.
As for Quebec, I fear a resurgance of separatism is far more likely now. I hope the NDP can offer something concrete to all the Quebecois people and can do a good job in their ridings there. They must feel so vulnerable with a Conservative majority.
I don't know how we're going to survive the next 4 years. As a pp poster stated, it's going to be worst for people with few resources. The biggest despair I feel is just that so many of my fellow Canadians voted for him...again. So many MORE than last time. How? Just like you said, Karenwith4, I don't get it. There is not one single thing I like about the Conservative government and especially Harper. Not one. I'm going to bed for a few hours. I can't even imagine the kinds of announcements we're going to be hearing. Let's keep this thread alive and keep each others' spirits up. I know there must be people even here on MDC who are happy about the Conservative win, so I must remain sensitive to that. I'll need to find support for my grief somewhere, though and try to come up with a survival strategy. Yes, I feel it's that bad. But we'll get through this.
Originally Posted by Karenwith4
We'll be adding a budget line for bail money - I see 4 years of me in various protests.
I am frankly gobsmacked that Harper who is in contempt of parliament, who has shown so little respect for democracy, won a majority and I fear for the Canada I love because I can't understand why in the world people would actually return this man to power. I am worried for my children, for my rights and the rights of people who have fewer resources than I do to make themselves heard.
It's stunningly horrific imo.