Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hope and Opportunity


Welcome to Hope and Opportunity, my two favourite ideals to talk about and work towards.  Too often is can be easy to not see the Hope & Opportunity because of despair and divisiveness.  Hope & Opportunity is out there, I found it out there in a few places recently.

Halifax and Cape Breton, recent municipal elections in Nova Scotia saw these two municipalities elect a former Federal MP and Provincial MLA as Mayor.  Mike Savage, former Liberal NS MP is now Halifax Mayor, and Cecil Clarke, former NS PC Cabinet Minister and Speaker is Mayor of Cape Breton.  They are now heading up Regional Municipalities going in different directions.  Halifax is booming and signs of growth are everywhere, it has to be controlled to ensure Halifax can maintain the good outlook – that is what Mr. Savage promises to do, look forward and overcome the divisive council and have everyone work together.  Cape Breton is not.  Both these experienced politicians were elected to bring leadership to the local economies.  In Mr. Clarke’s case, he is to stop the bleeding through working with other NS Municipal councils to improve the Cape Breton economy.  As different as their local situations are, both Mayors-Elect were voted in because of their experience and knowledge to bring Hope and Opportunity to their cities.

In the US Elections Hope & Opportunity showed itself not in the results of the election, those numbers show a truly divided nation.  To see the Hope and Opportunity look further than the despair of the numbers but in the opportunity that now exists for the leaders of the US, in the White House, House and Senate to show they ‘want’ to work together to resolve the big issues of the day.  There might only be a small window for that to take place, so the hope is that the politicians put the mid-term elections of 2014 and the 2016 race for the White House out of their thoughts and take the opportunity now to fix 2012 and 2013.  If this does not happen the greatest stalemate in political history will continue and threatens to take away the Hope and Opportunity the voters on both sides saw when they cast their ballots on November 6th.

There WILL be new Leadership in Ontario; we know this for a fact, for now we have the status quo (read my post from October 16th on this).  Within all four political parties in Ontario,  Hope & Opportunity are presenting itself to the leaders (and to the leaders that wannabe).  While my position is pretty darn clear who I think will be the next leader of Ontario (, the Hope & Opportunity for the other Parties is bright and vibrant.  The NDP, Green and the PC Parties are presenting their initial visions of a Hopeful and Opportunity filled Ontario.  As the Ontario Liberal Party goes through its way of finding a new leader, each of those candidates will be casting their own lines of Hope & Opportunity for not only Ontario but for the OLP.

I like the look, the feel and the sound of Hope and Opportunity much better than despair and divisiveness.  Look around everyone; Hope and Opportunity are everywhere, sometimes you have to scrap away the film of all the other stuff to find it. Don’t let the Despair and Divisiveness Despots take your Hope and Opportunity from you – it’s yours and you own it.  Go out and use it!

Hope & Opportunity look different for everyone, some share views of it and others don’t.  Different takes on Hope & Opportunity are not divisive; the division comes when differing views refuse to see the common elements as agents for opportunity to work together.

We now get to see if Nova Scotia, the US, the Ontario Liberal Party and Ontario can harness their collective Hope and Opportunity for a better tomorrow and future days.

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