Die Already!

I think just about everybody who’s been watching the political antics in Ottawa simply want the Liberal minority government to fall already. No one is buying that any politician regrets that we’re being thrust into an election campaign over the Holidays. All the opposition parties have cared about is to bring down the government, while all the government has cared about is to remain in power. Most are promising to suspend campaigning from December 22ish to January 2nd. I would think that the annual Christmastime interview with the Prime Minister should be suspended this year, as it would be impossible for Martin not to use that opportunity to campaign.

While much can change from now to election day, expected in mid-January, the outcome is expected to be more of the same: another minority, likely Liberal. Even the (Progressive) Conservative premier of Alberta, Ralph Klein, said as much in Halifax this week. The best small change we can hope for is that the NDP will hold the true balance of power. That’s when the sum of the seats won by the party with the most seats and the seats from a third party (like the NDP) adds up to a majority in the House, so that third party can effectively make or break the government. This time around, it’ll be important for those NDPers who ended up voting Liberal in 2004 to make sure the Conservatives didn’t form the government to stick with the NDP this time. The Bloc will likely pick up a few extra seats in Quebec (at the Liberals’ expense), but otherwise the split of seats should be roughly the same we have now. The NDP must convince its soft supporters not be convinced that a vote for them is a wasted vote …unless you’re in New Brunswick (outside Bathurst) or Alberta, where the NDP doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

For the Sake of Fairness

Okay, I take it back. The dirt-cheap computer I bought last night at Future Shop works fine; it was the extra memory chip that was at fault. Not faulty, but at fault: it was the wrong one for the particular model of computer. That wasn’t a big deal since we had to go back to Future Shop anyway; in our rush last night to get out (because the store was closing), we grabbed a non-wireless card, so it had to be exchanged.

I must say the new computer is quite peppy. The intrepid Stephanie managed to get the two computers networked and secured, and, in fact, I’m writing this entry from alt.home.office, or TextStyle2, as I’m listening to trance techno on WinAmp (which would drive BeeGoddessM up the wall). Steph even managed to get the two computers to see each other’s files but, unfortunately, that’s no longer working. I’ll futz around with that tomorrow, though.

I’m really enjoying alt.home.office so far. I don’t feel as crammed, and the view inside and outside is more pleasant. If I get the network working perfectly, I might end up spending as much if not more time at alt.home.office, at least in the next little while. I’ll see…