Read as the cast shares the contents of their Facebook chat conversation on the night of the election.
Rick: Liberal minority govt at least
Jess: if the projections hold, good chance of majority.
Alaine: I’m just obsessed with refreshing the results websites.
Lea: Nooooo, don’t give the Libs a majority……..Me too Alaine haha. Sitting here drinking some cider to take the nerves off the election haha.
Jess: I hate to say it sugar, but it’s looking very very very possible. Haha oh jesus of course Saskatchewan and Alberta are still mostly blue
Alaine: Lmao sooooo blue.
Jess: I still think that Saskatchewan doesn’t have enough ridings. I get why they’re huge chunks but I don’t think it allows for fair representation of the vote. Maybe that’s just because my vote, and all my NDP card carrying friends’ votes always seems to get buried.
Rick: Sask has gone almost entirely redneck
Jess: Has been for a long time. Which is quite a shift from a few decades ago where they were NDP to the max.
Rick: *cat banging head on desk repeatedly emoticon*
Alaine: I love when people say “Look at what NDP did tp Alberta.” Ummm hello they were in ruins BEFORE their provincial election that’s WHY they reached out to NDP.
Jess: No shit, hey? Now that I live here I can tell you, the NDP hate is VERY real.
Jess: Mmhmm. It’s like people who turned on Obama for Obama care. ISN’T THIS WHAT YOU WANTED?!
Lea: Pft, people in SK hate NDP too. The way rig guys talk about them, yikes.
Although Tommy Douglas was the father of universal health care here was he not??? Short memories much????
I would really love to see the FN votes sweep some orange into the mix.
Jess: Haha exactly! And I’ve never quite understood that strong anti-NDP sentiment. I think it relates to that reductive form of political awareness we were talking about (memes reducing a party to an unfair reduced representation of their platform). People have this idea of what the NDP is that, I think is largely uninformed.
Lea: I agree.
Jess: Welp, my riding is Conservative. But he’s actually a decent dude.
Alaine: Tom Mulcair lost when he pulled out of the English debate. I honestly think that was the turning point.
Jess: I think so. He had momentum, and at the end it all went Liberal. Nice seeing orange on the west coast though!
No Greens anywhere frown emoticon le sigh
Alaine: CBC says Elizabeth May is going to win in her riding.
Jess: Oh good! GOOD. CBC just asked a question I can’t wait to have answered. They were asking what analysts think Harper is gonna do now that he lost to Trudeau, who he considers “below him” as a competitor. Fascinating, I honestly hadn’t even thought about it
Alaine: LOL I’m a terrible person. I’m definitely picturing Harper crying himself to sleep tonight in a fetal position.
Jess: I SOOOOOO hope that happens.
Jess: I hope he feels crushed. Cuz he’s so high on himself, he needs to come down about 8 million pegs.
Alaine: Lol a lesson in humility.
Jess: OH MY GOD MY LIVE RESULT FEED IS FROZEN. This is NOT okay.
Alaine: Justin Trudeau was born during Pierre’s reign….meanwhile Harper was working in the mailroom for an oil company.
Alaine: At least we can all get legally high now. Maybe I can start up the first pot brownie coffee cafe in Saskatoon
Jess: I’m thinking for the pod, maybe for posterity sake we should do another rundown of Liberal platform/campaign promises. Maybe compare it with the Conservatives.
Alaine: Maybe a quick run down. I think people are getting sick of it tbh.
Lea: Yeah there’s that I guess Lol. Good idea Jess. And yup, Elizabeth May won in her riding.
Jess: Just a genuinely quick reminder. I can do it. I was one of 673 people to vote Green here. We had over 15000 voters in my riding
Alaine: 673 is a lot though!
Jess: I’m actually pretty happy. And happy with my vote, after the fact.
Alaine: Green will gain momentum.
Lea: hope so. My riding was overwhelmingly blue /blech
Jess: Oh my god, everyone, we interviewed our Conservative MP as part of our radio coverage tonight. He’s pretty f**king legit. It’s hard to admit, but he’s definitely the best candidate for this riding.
Alaine: Can we listen to it?
Jess: I don’t think so :S I don’t have access to the logger, or any of our newsroom content frown emoticon
Jess: This is an interesting feeling. Oh my god Harper’s coming on the CBC soon!
Rick: I feel bad for Harper….
Alaine: He had a good run.
Rick: He did. Then he had to be put down.
Alaine: Lol. That’s what happens when you’re not winning races. Take him behind the old barn shed.
Jess: Haha! oh myyy
Rick: I keep playing the ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ song in my head….sort of fixated on it like Mozart was on the high E note.
Lea: I didn’t think I’d be excited as I was when Jack Layton was running but I didn’t expect I’d be this disappointed, either. I really thought the NDP had a better chance.. I really hope Justin isn’t as bad as my gut tells me..
BUT. Harper is gone. Which is the main thing.
Jess: Yeah I’m celebrating…and then waiting to see what Trueau will do
Lea: I don’t think /he’s/ bad, I just don’t think the Liberals are as big a change as everyone thinks. Which, like you and I have already noted and discussed, is exactly why so many votes went their way.
Jess: Yep. I’m hoping it’s a small step in the right direction. Although with a Conservative opposition, I think it will indeed be a small step.
Alaine: It was truly an amazing campaign. Trudeau rolled up his sleeves and worked really hard the entire time. Sometimes people who you would think would be entitled actually strive harder to prove that they are worth supporting. I hope this is the case
Lea: I think alaine, in particular, would enjoy this
Alaine: Bonus: he is easy on the eyes
Lea: Yeah he certainly is good looking.
Jess: Haha it’s true. Can’t deny it. I’m feeling fairly optimistic, too. I like his personal character. We’ll see if he holds up when it comes down to the tough stuff
Alaine: Love it.
Rick: NDP were never really in contention. People weren’t supporting them out of conviction so much as to bloc the Conservatives.
Alaine: I just don’t think Mulcair was a strong enough leader. He wasn’t inspiring.
Lea: They were in contention though, they were the opposition until Mulcair dropped out of the debate. And yeah.. I think it’s super hard to follow after someone like Jack Layton.
F**k I wish he would’ve lived and served this country. I truly believed in him.
Jess: That’s something else that I’m hoping comes up tomorrow. What do you think would have happen if he hadn’t died?
Cuz he had GENUINE momentum when he died.
Alaine: Layton was a leader you could love and believe in. Man I adored that guy.
Lea: Yeah he really did. Me too Alaine.
Jess: I think we’d be looking at a VERY different situation if he were here.
Rick: They were in contention due to circumstances. Circumstances changed and they disappeared.
However, Layton still around and we might have a different outcome. Layton certainly would have been seen as the better choice between he and Trudeau.
Alaine: I remember watching Layton on YTV when I was young, he was taking the time to play some silly games and just talking to kids about how important they are. It really made an impact on me.
Jess: I was late to the game in following Latyon. I think he could have inspired me to actually join the NDP party though with enough time. I kind of feel bad for Mulcair, cuz how do you step into that?!
Alaine: Lose weight. Shave.
My grandma always said “Never trust a fat politician. ”
Rick: He has no pupils.
Rick: Mulcair has horse eyes.
Lea: I think we wouldn’t have embarrassed ourselves globally quite as much with Layton!
Rick: Ever seen Pinhead from Hell Raiser? That’s Mulcair.
Alaine: I read one attack ad “What’s he hiding behind that beard.” Lmao
Jess: You’re right. Mulcair’s eyes are weird. And unnerving.
Rick: My wife thought he has the weirdest smile. He couldn’t smile–so wooden.
Alaine: I think they tried to make him look kind but I always thought he had “beady little eyes.”
Jess: Yep. It was weird. His lack of charisma sure didn’t help him.
Alaine: Oh he’s on now
Lea: Mulcair is way more normal looking than Harper. Like srsly.
Alaine: Hey he mentioned Saskatoon.
Jess: Cuz of that SINGLE NDP riding in the prairies
Rick: I am making eye contact with Mulcair….and I feel my soul being sucked into the television.
Jess: Haha not as much as it would if you were doing that with Harper. Mulcair makes me uneasy. Harper gives me the chills
Alaine: Mulcair could sell used cars to grandmothers.
Jess: Do you know what kinda sucks though. I find him well-spoken. Just the rhetoric is delivered from that weird face.
Rick: Harper is whiter than me. That’s saying something.
Rick: Mulcair is a good man. Just is leading a party with a lot of historical baggage.
Jess: Mmhmm. I generally like him.
Alaine: Mulcair has a nice voice. If I had to give him a compliment.
Rick: Only girls text mmmhmmmm. I have noticed.
Why is that?
Jess: I donno. I kinda text like I talk. I use mmhmm. It’s a mild, appeasing form of agreement.
Rick: I think it is cool. More of a ‘socially’ conducive way of speaking compared to just text and emojis alone.
I am going to publish this conversation tonight to the blog with your permission. For context and content. Plus you guys are dorks…