Monday, May 25, 2015

Swearing In

Yesterday our new provincial government was sworn in. Typically, these events are small, staid affairs to which the public is only invited through tv cameras.

Not yesterday.

Yesterday, the Premier and her cabinet stood on the steps of the Legislature to take their oaths of office in front the massive crowd that showed up to watch, cheer, take a dip in the wading pools, eat ice cream, and enjoy the sunshine. The atmosphere more resembled some sort of festival than a political event. Who knew that so many people would come out of the wood work to watch a dozen people take their oaths of office?

But come they did. For the first time in many years, not only are the politics of Alberta exciting, the people are excited. 

It's stunning to think that the last time the party in power changed was 1971. That sounds almost made up. If this party stays in power that long, both of my kids will be in their 50s at the next change over. (Though my parents persist in believing this government will be short-lived and both my kids won't even be teenagers at the change over.)

No doubt, this government will disappoint people as time goes on - every government does. But that's for later. Right now, I relish the fact we were part of such a large crowd and able to witness this little piece of history in the making.

1 comment:

  1. Exciting times indeed! I didn't brave the huge crowd at the Ledge.