One poll in the lead-up to the election claimed that the Conservatives had made big gains with men over 50 making over $100,000 a year. Haven't rich old white guys always been hardcore conservatives anyway? With this in mind, I had an ominous experience immediately after lodging my (usual) futile protest vote that I took as an obvious omen about the election results. I was pedalling past the credit union and realized I had no cash, so I ran in to the ATM. While the machine was processing my meager request, I noticed a withdrawal slip someone had left behind. I looked a little closer, and saw that this someone had taken out $200, leaving them with a balance of $58,338.37 in their chequing account.
I pictured a Boss Hogg sort of character leaving the Summerland Youth Centre polling station an hour earlier, having just marked a proud X beside Stockwell Day's name on the ballot, getting into his $60,000 Chevy Suburban and feeling smug about lower taxes and no fear of environmental regulations for his oil-patch drilling company back home in Red Deer. While pondering the infinite justice of private (for-profit) health care, foreign policy in lockstep with the U.S., and a gutted Charter of Rights and Freedoms near Homeside Video, he remembered that he was down to $800 cash in his wallet and decided to top it up to the usual grand, just for comfort. And then just as he was walking away from the ATM, he glanced at his balance on the slip and thought with a chuckle, "I should really leave this here so some poor lefty sap can stumble across it and feel powerless today."