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step by painful step

although i haven't necessarily been following the campaign in detail, i couldn't resist the urge to check in on the nova scotia election results this evening, in the hopes that the ndp was going to find a way to come out on top.

they didn't, although they won more seats than ever. i'm tremendously proud that the seats that were so naturally new democratic, but that the party never seemed to be able to win, are now coming to them with remarkable majorities. i'm going to assume that the fact that this opening of the electoral floodgates coincides almost to the minute with my departure from nova scotia (in my time there, we were ecstatic when we won our third seat... a triumph!) is just a nasty little coincidence. (if they win the next provincial election in quebec, however, i'll be forced to reconsider that opinion.)

not surprisingly, halifax, a natural new democratic city (loaded disproportionately with universities, government and artists), seems to have formed a little left wing island (check out the percentage results in the different districts), separate from the rest of the mainland. eventually, there's going to be a movement for the city to seceded from the rest of the province, because with each passing election, it becomes obvious that these two parts just are not getting along.

well, still no lefty government in the maritimes, but they did come just that little bit closer...

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