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The Privilege of Voting

It’s federal election day in Canada, and for all my negativity about politicians, politics, economics—and especially how that all can mix itself up into hockey (ick)—I’m certainly not cynical about our right to vote.

So in a non-partisan attempt to encourage today’s voting, I reached out to the leaders of the five major federal parties: the Bloc Quebecois, the Conservatives, the Green Party, the NDP and the Liberals, and asked them (1)  who their favourite childhood NHL teams were, and (2) their favorite hockey memories.

The Bloc, Greens and Conservatives chose not to respond, but the leaders of the NDP and the Liberal Party were kind enough to do so, which is why only their answers are available here:



Leader: Jack Layton

Favorite NHL team: Les Canadiens de Montréal
Favorite hockey memory: When they won the Cup in Season 1992/93.

Liberal Party

Leader: Stéphane Dion

Favorite team: Montreal Canadiens.
Favorite Hockey Memory:  Paul Henderson’s goal in the 1972 Summit Series!

Mr. Dion mentioned he also had a chance to meet Alexei Kovalev during an interview on a French talk show call “Tout le monde en parle” earlier in the campaign, which was a big thrill for him. 


Anyway, whoever you choose to vote for, just be sure to vote! 


“Canadians don’t have a very big political lever, we’re nice guys!”
—Paul Henderson


“Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.”
—Stephen Leacock


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  Tags: hockey+memories, montreal+canadiens, voting


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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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