Now that the dust has begun to settle following the 42nd Canadian federal election, it is time to move beyond replaying the campaign and on to the future of the country.
While it is easy to revisit the lengthy build-up and consider strategy changes and tactics which could have affected the outcome, such discussion will not change the final results.
The election on Monday has resulted in a Liberal majority government, with Conservative MP Dan Albas representing the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
The outcome will not change, no matter how many times we study the numbers.
While not all are pleased with the final results of Monday’s vote, there are some positive outcomes.
Every vote mattered in this election, and voters seemed to understand the importance of casting their ballots.
The overall voter turnout, at 68.49 per cent, is higher than it has been since the 1993 federal election.
In this riding, the turnout was higher than the national average, at 71.81 per cent.
The race locally was a close one. Albas won his seat by a margin of just 1,397 votes over Liberal candidate Karley Scott. A total of 61,820 ballots were cast, making this an extremely close contest.
While Albas is not a part of the governing party, he has been able to work with politicians of all affiliations in order to represent his riding and this region.
This skill will be necessary in the future as a new government takes the helm.
And most importantly, no matter what anyone thinks of the outcome, it is important to remember that the Canadian public has the opportunity to make a choice and select the direction for the country.
This is a freedom which does not exist in some parts of the world, and it is a freedom we must never take lightly.
The choice has been made, and it has been our choice.
Now it’s time to more forward.