Since Monday's election I get a little bit giddy inside when I remember that we have a new Prime Minister! I'm an Anne of Green Gables type of optimist at heart, but I don't think I'm alone in saying that this next era has the potential to be such an exciting time with so much promise in our wonderful country. My heart has been heavy the past while when I think about the state of things that are really important to me - like our failing democracy in Canada (our Access to Information, our collection of information and our Freedom of Press has left something to be desired), the erosion of scientific values and research (Climate Change? What Climate Change) not to mention the carving our of our natural resources, and our reputation on the international stage where quite frankly, since we lost our seat in the Security Council a few years ago, has been a bit of a laughing stock.
Politics in Canada can be a bit frustrating at times because it can feel like you don't actually get to vote for the candidate you'd like to be in power. But I'm really, really looking forward to watching some big changes unfold in Canada. Obviously a certain degree of caution is necessary - let's just hope that he's able to do what he's promised.
Other things that also make me happy: Trudeau speaks (eloquent!) French AND English - two things that don't make a great PM, but honestly, considering we call ourselves a bilingual country, with two official languages, AND we expect it of our public service, I think it's an awesome advancement.
And so, Five Things: Political Edition because I hope that the snowball of participation we've seen on social media throughout the past campaign continues; from both sides of the spectrum.
1. Having been invested in our Foreign Affairs policy professionally, I'm particularly stoked about reclaiming a bit our our real-estate in terms of humanitarian affairs. This is a great snapshot from some experts on Seven Foreign Policy Wishes for Canada's New Government
2. Canada elected a record number of indigenous and female MPs this week!! Woo! Go Progress! There's a long way to go, but this is a great step in the right direction to a stronger democracy.
3. Canada might actually be a player at COP21! Not holding my breath but eagerly anticipating some strides to be made on our country's contribution to climate targets.
4. Living out a real-life Disney fantasy:
5. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau seems pretty awesome. In this interview here with This Mom Loves Blog she talks about advocating for girls through Plan International becoming a yoga instructor, and seems pretty down to earth (I mean, what other potential First Lady would do an interview with a mom blog?) This was my favourite quote:
"This mom loves: Seeing my children glancing at me from their backseats through the car mirror when I'm driving and seeing joy and love in their eyes...pure bliss!"
If nothing else, she seems like a candid lady. And I appreciate that.
Happy weekend!! xo