So its over. Canada has a new government, well kind of. We voted (wel,, 65% of us) for a minority Conservative Government with a surprisingly strong Liberal opposition, a 50 seat Bloc Quebcois party and a rejuvinated NDP.
The questions we ask now are "who will be in Stephen Harper's cabinet", "who will lead the Liberal party now that Mr Dithers (a.k.a. Paul Martin) has stepped down?" and "how on earth will the Government work?".
So here would be a smart thing to do. Form a Government of national unity (as we are asking the Iraqi's to do) with Belinda Stronach in cabinet. Do a deal with the NDP over key issues they have in common - accountability, for example - and make the promised GST cuts fast. Gain traction.
It wont happen. But it would be interesting to see some imgaination...