It’s the burning question for Canada’s federal party partisans this Thanksgiving weekend: who is going to form Canada’s next government?
Advance polls open Friday for voters wishing to get an early jump on the Oct. 19 election, but the real action may take place around dinner tables, TV sets and camp or cottage closings on this long weekend.
Since long before this 78-day election campaign began, the October holiday weekend has been circled on calendars as a crucible where the fortunes of Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, and Justin Trudeau could be forged: far-flung families gathering together for turkey, just as voters begin focusing on who should form the next government.
This year’s 11-week campaign has encompassed three statutory holidays. It began Sunday Aug. 2 on the Civic Holiday weekend, ambled through Labour Day and now will reach a crescendo on Thanksgiving.
Maybe talk will be around our next government this long weekend… or maybe it will focus on the fact that there is a pumpkin shortage this year due to climate change. I know I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie, but climate change might just bring the conversation back around to politics.
Honestly, I’m not sure that politics are a good topic of conversation during one of the best meals of the year. Perhaps it might be best to stick to hoping the Blue Jays can turn their luck around since the Rangers seem to have Toronto facing an early exit in their first playoffs in 22 years.
Enjoy the long weekend, travel safely, and don’t forget to vote.