Canada has elected another Trudeau to the Prime Minister's office. The Liberals have a majority government and possess the power to undo much of the mess that has come from the Conservatives over the past decade.
They promised to legalize marijuana and stop the ruinous war on drugs.
They promised to get rid of our awful first past the post electoral system.
They promised to repeal much of the worst parts of C-51, Canada's "Be Afraid and don't expect to have any rights" Bill.
They promised to hold an inquiry into the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women.
They promised to bring back the long form census, and restore fact based decision making.
All of this seems easily doable. It really just requires the desire on the part of the Liberals to do it. Whether we actually get rid of all of the bits of C-51 that I hate, and whether we get any decent results out of the inquiry surrounding indigenous women, is much more up in the air. All of these things are things we should absolutely expect to happen and we should make a hell of a scene if they don't.
There are other things though that aren't so clear. The Liberals, much like every other political party ever, have promised economic growth and prosperity. Their ability to actually deliver on that is questionable at best. It might happen, it might not, but I don't think they have nearly as much control over it as they think they do. Politicians don't want to admit how little power they end up having over the fortunes of the average person or how little they understand what effects their policies actually have. Who knows?
Also like every opposition party ever the Liberals decried the government's corruption and lack of transparency, and made it clear that they would not be the same. Again, we should pretty much ignore this as everyone says it, nobody opposes it, and time and time again we see that it won't stay true over the long haul. Things get corrupt no matter who is in charge.
This is a sad day in some respects because the NDP made such a bad showing. I didn't want a Liberal government, but if a Liberal government is the alternative to the Conservatives I will take what I can get.
Pass the bong. It is time to take a big, deep hit. For Justin Trudeau and his icky, icky dynasty.