January 22, 2006

This is it

In just under 10 hours, the polls open and Canadians choose their next national government.

Here in Ottawa South, a Liberal stronghold, the incumbent is David McGuinty (brother of Ontario premier Dalton - in fact their constituency offices used to share a building on Bank Street south). His biggest competition is Conservative Allan Cutler, the retired public servant who blew the whistle on the sponsorship scandal back in 1995. (Hard to believe that controversy has been going on for 10 years!) Oh, yeah, and there's a Green and an N-dippie also running. Darned if I can remember their names five seconds after seeing their signs.

My prediction is a Conservative minority government. I don't know if the Tories have quite the support to pull off a majority. Maybe I'll be surprised.