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So, apparently the media did not like my photograph of choice for this provincial election.  It was one I chose with purpose.  But the decision has come down – give them a different image or they won’t include one at all.  A frustrating state of affairs if you ask me.  So what else is there to do?  I ran outside this evening, right before it got too dark to do so, and had Damon take a photo:

Tobi-Dawne Smith for Saskatoon Meewasin 2011

 

Now…  being the type who enjoys fighting injustice and ignorance as I do…  and being as intolerant of the misuse of power as I am…  well…  I do have to admit to a certain idea crossing my mind.  I actually did entertain the notion of sending in a photo of me in my Halloween costume.  After all.  If a photo of me, in the riding, holding a baby snake we came across while out at a photo shoot, teaching my daughter about it and encouraging her to value all life is inappropriate?  Then maybe me as a pirate is exactly what they need to see.  😉  But, I behaved.  As seen above.  After all, there’s a time and a place for all things.  Take this blog post.  Me as a pirate may not be appropriate for election night coverage, but here?  Heck ya!  So, here you go.  Me and my family – The Last Saskatchewan Pirates (as photographed by my younger sister Jewles).

Oh!  And yes… my election night photograph will show up again in the slideshow.  I couldn’t see a simple way to remove it, and I didn’t feel it was enough of a priority to spend a bunch of time digging around for the solution… so I just left it there.  LOL

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Today Elizabeth May Has Made History!!

Granted, it’s not actually official yet…  but I feel safe to yell from the rooftop: 

CANADA HAS OUR FIRST ELECTED GREEN MP!!!!!!

I’ve actually had to stop watching the numbers roll in.  Every poll counted has E.May’s lead increasing.  It started with only 20 votes, and now is hovering around the 1000 mark.  Every poll forced new tears to spring from my eyes.  I am sooo very proud to be a part of this moment in Canadian history.

Elizabeth May in Parliament!!!  What does that mean?  It means we finally have a voice.  After years, and years, and years of fighting, of not being heard, of being dismissed, we finally have a voice.  A holistic voice in parliament.  A voice of reason, that understands how all systems are connected.  How the environment and the economy are not separate issues, but one and the same.  How we can not forge ahead with one at the expense of the other.

To truly have a voice?  I’m not really sure what it will mean.  But I do know that it’s only the start.  Today was something we have fought long and hard to see.  And it really is only the start.  So very much work to be done, but I know that Elizabeth is up for the task.  I know she will fight for us, and ensure that we are heard.  She is a strong, smart, well-spoken woman… and I know she is ready for all this means.

Today, as I always have been, I am proud to be GREEN!

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