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Post-Election Funk: Ordinary, After All

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In a previous post, I talked about Margaret Atwood's suggestion that artists both risk takers (and hard workers) as well as ordinary Canadians. After watching the results from the election on TV and online, and reading the various kinds of diagnoses of what went awry for the various parties and the prognoses by political pundits, I stumbled upon on our historic low voting percentage: 59.1%. With 40% of eligible voters not voting and 37% of the voters voting a Conservative government back in, we have, it seems, directly or indirectly said yes to the status quo and no to another, riskier result. Perhaps the economic tsunami has us running for cover, the falling part of our global financial markets that was based on buying and selling risk has made us afraid of risk. But it seems to me also a failure of the imagination, of perhaps another quality and way of living that artists seem to - or ought to personify. We failed to risk creating a new political future as a nation, of generating a vision for the country, preferring the one already cobbled together for us, which seems a vision based on division. And no, I don't mean voting in Dion or Layton as Prime Minister or voting Green in numbers enough for a Green MP necessarily. I mean that either by not voting or voting for Harper and his Conservatives, we have decided not to be risk takers and instead have settled for well, ordinary.

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Nitin Deckha

Nitin Deckha is the author of Shopping for Sabzi (TSAR Publications, 2008) and a contributor to Once Upon a Time in Bollywood (TSAR Publications, 2007) and several other publications.

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