Team Colours

I don’t obscure these pages with issues-oriented coverage often, so when I do it’s nice to think the issues might count for something. Yesterday’s snap federal election, called five weeks earlier by Conservative PM Stephen Harper in a bid to convert his party’s minority hold on the House of Commons into a majority, was¬†unfortunately¬†not one of those issues.

$300 million dollars in spending and five weeks of media saturation later, and the make-up of the Commons looks much the same as it did after the previous federal election in 2006. Harper failed to win a convincing majority and I failed to photograph anything more than a dull smattering of signs and speeches.

Oh well. We’ll both have another shot in a couple years.

Conservative propaganda at party headquarters in Vancouver Centre.

Turf wars along Main Street.

Painters $14/hour.

CBC on site at a Liberal rally on the eve of the election.

Vantage point.

Viral voting.

Adrienne Carr, deputy leader of the federal Green party and MP candidate for Vancouver Centre, addresses a crowd of party faithful as the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge announces election results behind her. Despite garnering nearly 7% of the popular vote the Greens failed to win a seat in the 308-member Commons.

Word of mouth.

Polls open.

Liberal propaganda at party headquarters in Vancouver Centre.

Stephane Dion, leader of the federal Liberals, entertains a media circus.

Minimum voting age.

Dion speaks to supporters at a last minute Liberal rally held in a failed bid to win the battleground Richmond riding for incumbent Raymond Chan. The riding was one of seventeen new seats ceded to the Conservatives.

Dion raises a victory fist as incumbent Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry looks on.

Dion in the public eye.


Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net

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