Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Our New Government Took Power Today

     Our new prime minister and cabinet were sworn in today in a very different but moving ceremony. 

     I listened to the whole event. I cannot  ever remember hearing the swearing in ceremony for the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Usually the swearing in ceremony is closed to the public and very private. The emphasis on this event was to be open in a public way. The Prime Minister and cabinet walked up the driveway to Rideau Hall rather than being dropped off by limousines. People lined the driveway and cheered.

     Now there were several times I was moved to tears. A 12 year old aboriginal boy drummer led this group into the hall. Three metis children lead the Prime Minister and cabinet out by jigging. I was touched by the prominence given to the aboriginal people. Eleven members of the new government are aboriginal and two of them are in the cabinet. It's important to include everybody in our country.

     I know it doesn't make sense but I am moved by the son of a former Prime Minister becoming the Prime Minister. It's the first time in this country that we have a Prime Minister who is the son of a former Prime Minister.

     The cabinet selection was interesting. Half the cabinet is female. Many visible minorities are in cabinet to reflect the make up of our country.  Only here could an Afghani immigrant girl grow up to become a member of the federal government cabinet! It makes me proud that visible minorities were able to take a strong leadership position.

    When the swearing in ceremony was over the new Prime Minister and his cabinet came out and were cheered by the crowd. The cabinet and Prime Minister mixed in with the crowd for a few minutes. Again it showed a willingness to meet and communicate with the people.

    I hope that this new government will continue to communicate with the public in a very effective way. We need to be able to tell them what we think between elections rather than just at election time. 


37 comments:

  1. i am hopeful for your country...and hopeful for all of our countries.

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    1. We feel much better with a new positive approach.

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  2. You have a new blue color and a wider blog...looks good. I didn't see a thing about it on the news. I am happy you are pleased Red:)

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    1. My blog format is a work in progress. Yes, we don't get much coverage there.

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  3. How refreshing to read someone being enthusiastic about politics. I hope your country's future is as bright as it appears today.

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    1. Anything would be better than what we had before.

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  4. Good luck with them and good luck with a header to match your template.

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    1. Yes, this will be a work in progress for me.

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  5. Red, I too was moved the #realchange we saw in today's swearing in ceremony. I am hopeful it continues.

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    1. Anything is better than what we had before.

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  6. It sounds good, I hope it will continue this way. I remember his charismatic father very well, he was a kind of moviestar in those times.

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    1. Trudeau senior brought in many policies that defined our country ...the charter of rights.

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  7. At the swearing in ceremony did Trudeaur Jr have to shout "****ing let me in you ****ing *******s!" ...Sorry Red - I couldn't resist that one. Good luck to him and to Canada in these difficult times.

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    1. I don't follow your first sentence. Clue me in. Anything is better than what we had before.

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    2. Just having mischief with the verb "swear" Red.

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    1. Yes, immediately after his swearing in he went on google to school kids for a few minutes.

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  9. What a great start for the new government! It sounds like the new prime minister is aiming to make a statement from day one about how he will lead the country. Best of luck to him!

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    1. It's a complete opposite to what we had.

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  10. A breath of fresh air. From some of the pics I saw I should have gone up myself.

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    1. I thought you would have been down to Rideau Hall.

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    2. I had classes. I'd been back there earlier in October again to photograph the fall colours, and if anything, they looked even brighter this past week.

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  11. From what I've read it was a change long overdue. God bless Canada, it's new leader and the Canadian people. Take care.....:)

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    1. Thanks. It's unbelievable we could elect such a miserable prime Minister. He's done much harm.

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  12. I love all of this. The selection of cabinet members makes me proud to be Canadian. It reflects the diversity and the character of our people. Perhaps this new prime minister will put us back on the right road and we can work on being a tolerant, progressive, innovative, caring and peaceful society.

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    1. Amen sister! These are characteristics that make us successful.

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  13. Hi Red, Nice report on the swearing in ceremony. I will be watching with interest to see what Trudeau, and his government can do for Canada. Now, by the way, I like the new look on Hiawatha House. The white background is nice and makes for an easy read. I may have to consider that on John's Island. Have a good day.

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    1. Anything is better than what we had before. Thanks for the comment on the new look. It's a work in progress so some of this might disappear.

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  14. I hope your new Prime Minister serves the people well.

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    1. Anything would be better than what we had before.

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  15. Hope the new government does great things for Canada.

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    1. I'm just looking for a change in tone and then take away the wrong headed programs of the previous government.

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  16. Lucky Canadians! I wish we could import your new government to ours. :-)

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  17. Hubby swears it is always on, but I don't remember it, either! It was a wonderful, uplifting, heartwarming ceremony!!!!

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  18. I cried when Harper won his majority... not good tears!! Weren't those Inuit throat-singing girls great?

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  19. We all seem to be breathing easier now. And knowing he's Pierre's boy makes me tear up too. I loved his answer when questioned about why he chose a cabinet that was 50% female... "Because it's 2015."

    My earliest memory of our new PM was back when Justin was born. I can recall hearing a radio call-in show discussing what his middle name should be (Sinclair... Pierre.. perhaps). He was born just nine months after his parents' wedding and so the winner of that mini contest suggested he be named Justin Time. ;)

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