Another cabbie, another window

My day’s been spent hithering and yonning, with one little piece requiring a cab from Cole Harbour to Bedford. The driver, this round, wasn’t just alert and loquacious, but positively inspired. An African Nova Scotian, he had a lot to say about today’s Presidential election and the sense of arrival he felt in its promise.

“This is going to work out,” he told me.  “I can’t believe we’ve come to a point where it can actually happen.”

It’s a strange remove:  people here are very clear that what happens south influences this place greatly while also maintaining the perspective denied anyone who is truly in the midst of it.  Of all the snatches of election talk I’ve heard and had all day, this guy’s was the most electric.

And now we wait.  We who voted and we who watch.


6 Responses to “Another cabbie, another window”

  1. Von Allan Says:

    You said: “It’s a strange remove: people here are very clear that what happens south influences this place greatly while also maintaining the perspective denied anyone who is truly in the midst of it.”

    I would call this a uniquely Canadian experience. It’s pretty common in all parts of Canada – probably even more pronounced when Canucks visit the US directly. We can fit in and yet we’re different. And since we share the same language and a similar culture, it gives us that interesting perspective you’re noting here. I don’t know if I’d go so far to say that it gives any deeper insight (I doubt it), but it does illustrate how different Canadians and Americans are. And yet, at the same time, how similar we are. Yay for diversity! 🙂

  2. Marg Says:

    Just back from a few days in Vegas so a different perspective visiting a battleground state. Some very nasty anti-Obama ads but last I heard he was leading there too. The flight back today had a few Californians who were in Nevada helping with the campaign. Most people trying to tune into the CNN feed on the Virgin America flight – people kind of anxious to hear the results but mostly sat quietly as they rolled in.

    Expecting a long night waiting to hear the results on Prop 8.

  3. Marg Says:

    There is a street party tonight in the Castro celebrating the Obama victory. Still hoping for good news on Prop 8 but with 30% polls reporting Yes is ahead by 5%. Apparently, Californians are more concerned about treatment of chickens then for supporting gay marriage.

    All round there seems to be much joy for the Barack Obama victory. A victory for youth and an historic moment for African Americans.

  4. halifaxing Says:

    I stayed up until just past 1 am here so got the good national news. At 5:30 am here, the news on Prop 8 was bad. Canadians I listened to yesterday were uniformly appalled that Popr 8 could even be put forward and questioned the rational status of folks who would tear at the personal/social interface.

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  6. Marg Says:

    I really don’t understand the validity of having the people vote for a constitutional change. Shouldn’t it require the Two Thirds majority in the Assembly and Senate and Governor signature even if there is a ballot measure? These social measures should not even be allowed on the ballot but perhaps I am too biased the other way to understand why they are allowed. It seems unlikely that the majority will ever vote for the minority on these kinds of issues.

    It sounds like there were many spontaneous street parties last night – people literally dancing in the streets over the Obama win. I can’t recall there being that kind of a reaction to an election before. Very interesting and challenging times ahead.

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