As we head into Summer 2013, I've been looking for something to do. This is mostly because, barring a provincial election here in Ontario, I suspect we'll see a slow season politically. Sure, there may be a cabinet shuffle or something, but I wanted a grander project to work on given all this free time I know I'll have.
So, what better way to do that than write? But I wondered what exactly I could write about that would take up so much time. I settled pretty quickly on one thing: elections. And which elections should I write about? I thought, well, why not all the elections?
That is where Canadian Psephos comes in. This is a WordPress blog I set up a couple of years back, intended on moving my polling stuff there though I decided against it. Instead it will now become a new blog dedicated to looking at past elections in Canada, federal and provincial. It wouldn't just be about the numbers, but also about the who, the why, and a little bit of the how of what happened during these elections. I plan on going into as much detail as I can without writing a novel for each post - but I will do detailed accounts. I have a pretty extensive library of books and browser bookmarks full of facts to research with, and I don't intend to let them go to waste.
So if you're interested, feel free to visit the site over the summer and catch up on my progress. Right now I've got up a real thriller of an election, Yukon 1985, as a quick example of the format I'll be using - which is someone similar to World Elections' format, a blog you should check out if you have any interest in international politics - but I plan on starting at the beginning in 1867 and moving on from there.