The Ontario election result should leave me happy. After all, I was mostly just hoping that the Conservatives wouldn't be elected and not only did I get that but the Liberals that I voted for have a solid majority. My Facebook feed is full of my friends celebrating that anybody but the Conservatives won, which should tell you how badly their campaign strategy backfired. Pandering to the extreme base alienated the middle of the road folks in a big way. When the election goes like this you would think I would feel good about it, but I don't so much.
We really are left with the best of the worst. Ontario still has a ludicrous, unethical, and brutally expensive Catholic school system and none of the parties was willing to actually stand up and say that it needs to go. I think the Liberals in a majority are by far the likeliest candidates to end that embarrassment because the Catholic teachers support the NDP and the Conservatives have a religious base but still I am not optimistic. I am all for fiscal responsibility and that move would be one of the best ones in that light - maintaining two sets of school boards is insupportable even if all we cared about was money, and serious state sponsored religious discrimination is a thing too!
I am hoping with a strong mandate the Liberals take on the twin roles of getting the deficit gone and forging ahead with other progressive plans. Thankfully they pledged during the campaign to push forward with the ranked ballot legislation for cities that died when the government fell so I am pleased about that. It looks like at least one really good thing will happen out of this government and I hesitate to hope for more. Given that the government can no longer blame other parties for crappy budgets and deficits I have hopes that they will get their act together there too, but I am not especially optimistic.
Also I must add that I am never going to tell a political party that I am going to vote for them ever again. They called me three bloody times on election day to tell me to vote despite me telling them every time that indeed I had already voted. Next time I get called they are getting the "I am voting for one of the other parties for sure because you are THE DEVIL" speech to make damn sure they don't bother me on election day.