So my home province of Ontario (the industrial heartland and most populous province in Canada) just had an election yesterday, and the results were quite interesting, I think. We have a multi-party parliamentary system provincially and nationally, with first past the post winners in each riding. Ontario usually has three parties that matter: Progressive Conservative (PC), Liberal and New Democratic Party (NDP) from right to left across the spectrum.
The Liberals won, going from an NDP-supported minority to a majority government.
That's not really the interesting part. A few observations:
Make no mistake, this was an ugly election, and the people of Ontario just had no way to win. But watching Tea Party politics get kicked in the teeth was nice, and seeing that gender and sexual preference don't even inspire dog-whistle politics among the mega-church set gives me some sort of hope for the future. Now if the PC's would fix their shit before the next election, we could have some real choices around here.
* "She is the first premier in Canada to be openly gay and the first openly gay head of government in the Commonwealth of Nations, and the English-speaking world," according to Wikipedia.
Imagine that; politics where your gender and sexual orientation are complete, absolute non-issues.
As a citizen of the US, I'm envious.
It's not much of a big deal here, & we have several who are open in my province of BC as well.