It's only been two days, and yet it feels to me like the time before the election was a different world. I think that most of all, I miss the sense of hope and optimism: that we were on the cusp of a new path, that maybe this time would be when the future unfolded before us. It's more likely than not to be somewhere around 2015 before we get another shot at it.
But there's always hope. While riding the Canada Line the day before the election, I snapped a photo of a half-dozen supporters of Liberal candidate Joe Pechisolido, trying to drum up support from the cars passing by along No. 3 Road in Richmond. Whatever they did, it wasn't enough - Richmond declared strongly for Conservative candidate Alice Wong, taking 25,104 votes.
Still - it's hope like this that's the real foundation of our democracy.
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