It was an edge of your seat, sweaty palm, nail biter of an evening… for 18 whole minutes until CTV declared a Liberal victory.
I was hunkered down with my political brothers and sister, Anthony Housefather, Mitchell Brownstein and Ruth Kovac (the 2004 Demerger Team) along with Elaine Brownstein and Judy Hagshi. The stakes were high and our cheers were higher each time the red coloured results swiped across the screen. We toasted the election results, appropriately, with red wine.
We are very pleased with David Birnbaum’s victory in D’Arcy McGee, among the most decisive in Quebec with a 25,000 vote margin. David will be an excellent MNA for our riding. He fills enormous shoes worn by the ever so popular Lawrence Bergman but his experience, eloquence and compassion will take our level of representation to new heights.
Cote Saint-Lucers, in particular, will be relieved to see the despicable charter tossed into the National Assembly shredder, proposed language legislation shoved aside, Pauline Marois and her team reduced to crumbs, barely ahead of the CAQ in popular support.
So put away the For Sale signs, cancel the exploratory trips to Toronto and pack up your PQ kippa you bought in protest. It’s cool to be bilingual again and the Fleur de Lys flag belongs to us all, proudly next to the Maple Leaf.
There is hope that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. We will surely hold M. Couillard to his comments about English in Quebec and our place within Canada. But for tonight, let’s catch our collective breath, and pop an antacid. Plop plop fiz fiz. Oh what a relief it is!