Not-so-hopeful Update that helps further the Stephen Harper voter suppression strategy can be found at the bottom of the post
C. and littler e. were off doing something fun with our friend M. last night that included the Whack-A-Doodle.
And Bigger E. was out rabble-rousing with, get this, her out of control 'Reach For The Top' team.
Which meant that I got to stay at the lab late on a Farrelly Brothers Friday night working on a paper which we think is pretty important because it will add another brick in the growing wall that we helped start that is this.
The upshot of all this is that when I finally left the building I couldn't help but notice that the atrium of the building was filled with kids really, really working.
Because it is final exam time and these kids take this stuff seriously.
Way more seriously than I ever did back in the days when Gradual School and Fed Gov - sponsored post-doctoral fellowships to go to crazy-ass biotech meccas like the Bay Area were little more than a gleam in my tiny post punk-addled mind.
However, even back in the old days when I was an undergraduate I did manage to grasp the truism that right-sided pols hated being forced to run elections when school was in session.
Because if they did it could turn the results of safe, well-heeled neighbourhoods upside down.
Kind of like what happened in West Pointiest Grey when our friend Mr. Reid's horse, Darlene Marzari, made it safe for the socialist hordes, not to mention the socially aware campus Lutherans, to storm the gates at the corner of Wesbrook and University Blvds way back in 1991.
Or some such thing.
So, I think we can be pretty certain that Mr. Stephen Harper and his minions likely heaved a heavy sigh of relief when they realized that the upcoming Federal Election would land in early May after most kids have left their college campuses and gone home for the summer.
The kids, aided by all their pyramid power-driven social media tools, got smart sometime in April, and started doing stuff like this:
About 300 University of Guelph students took part in a non-partisan rally during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the city Monday.Sporting face paint and wearing red and white clothing to symbolize Canada, the students gathered on Branion Plaza around 3 p.m.
They then made the trek as a group across campus to the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre.They waited in the rain on the edge of the hotel’s property for Harper’s buses to arrive.
The students carried a banner reading: “Surprise. We Are Voting” and chanted, "We will vote!" as others banged drums and played the bagpipes.
And they did.
Vote that is.
Which of course drove Mr. Harpers minions crazy and has likely given them another reason to try and make Elections Canada go the way of the longform census:
But here's the real thing.
Student-organized 'Vote Mobs' are not just for Guelph anymore.
Because there are now 18 of them scheduled all across the country.
And I just realized that, despite my age, I can go take part in one that is happening next week that is only a two minute bike ride from the lab.
The kids really are alright.
Update: Because I was working late in the lab last night I missed this. It would appear that the voter suppression strategy that was breech-birthed last time round, is back, assisted once again by a newly scared-straight and narrowest of narrow E-Canada.