Alimentaire, le soleil et la démocratie

I’ve been to Montreal for two quick jaunts before, but it’s been a couple of years, and I had never stayed more than a day. I always know when I had a good trip somewhere because a day or two after I return, I am looking for an excuse to go back or planning my next trip there. This is definitely the case with Montreal.

Rickard's Red in Montreal

I went up for a nice 4 day weekend, in the spirit of friends, food and democracy– it didn’t hurt that there was some nice sunshine involved either!

I swear, though, some travel gods must be pretty mad at me right now. My long weekend trip was flanked by two down right ridiculous excessive flight delays.

I started the trip taking off from DCA, and using up my premature arrival time to go back to my friends at the Delta Skyclub in preparation for a great and busy weekend. I was thrilled to take off on time, and arrive in Detroit for a quick layover, but definitely with enough time to grab a quick Detroit lager and National Coney Island Greek salad. And then I realized I actually had enough time to brew the beer and age the cheese myself as my flight to Montreal was delayed a whopping 4.5 hours. I’ve had some bad delays, but this was definitely one of the worst. But of all places to have such a delay, I am really glad I was in Detroit, my hometown.

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It’s a Wave of Orange

Wow. Just, wow. To be honest, I never thought I would be saying this, but holy crap, Canada’s New Democrats are now the official opposition party in Canada with 103 seats in the House of Commons.

Jack Layton at Montreal campaign stop

Going into this election, things were looking really good for the NDP, and, well, less good for the Bloc Quebecois and the Liberals… but I was doubtful that something this huge would happen. Maybe it was me treading cautiously, but either way, I am happy to report that Jack Layton has a power house group of candidates that will be joining him in Ottawa.

I am even happier that I got to be in Montreal the weekend before the election and for the day itself, spending time with some friends. . Being an NDP-obsessed American for a while now, I was excited to be a part of it in any way possible. And then, to be in Montreal, the heart of Quebec, where the NDP went from having 1 seat in the HOC to having 58.. just…WOW.

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