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April 21, 2007

Peterborough Riding: A Cinderella Happy Ending

If you wanted to sell a script about a political nomination campaign, you would never be able to sell one about the campaign that just wrapped up here in Peterborough.

Any director would tell you right off the top that the plot twists were too unbelievable; the characters larger than life (particularly the dastardly ones); the setting too surreal.

But, the events that played out here actually happened. (I should know. I've been living and blogging my way through them for the past four months.)

The story does have one redeeming quality: it delivers up that one ingredient that will win the hearts of even the most cynical movie-goer (and even a script-weary producer or two): a Cinderella happy ending. Cinderella triumphs at the end of the story.

In this story, Cinderella is Betsy McGregor -- the newly elected Federal Liberal candidate for Peterborough Riding. (Woo hoo!)

Congratulations, Betsy.

You totally earned this victory.

And you did it with class and style and integrity.

That's the most soul-restoring part of this story: that bully-tactics and other campaign ugliness did not triumph in this one race, this one time.

Perhaps there's hope for democracy after all.


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Thanks, Andrea. It feels like an against-all-odds victory; a David-against-Goliath moment. And those are the very sweetest types of wins. I am so proud of Betsy and the way she conducted herself in this campaign. It makes me want to work even harder on her behalf. (Oh no. What am I saying? I have a feeling I am going to look back at this post and say, "What was I thinking?" But I feel morally bound to dig in my heels and fight for what feels so right -- helping Betsy get elected so she can work hard on the causes that matter so much to me: social justice, poverty, the environment, etc. -- and put Canada back on the right track.

Congratulations, Ann (and Betsy!). I know how hard you've worked for this.

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