Yes, there was a little blue
Last year on Canada Day, a local Ottawa radio station, Hot 89.9, called for a boycott of the festivities because of how Conservative blue had elbowed out traditional red-and-white in the colour theme of the Parliament Hill stage. Canada Day blue
As I recall, no one actually ever explained what the blue emphasis was all about. But this year, it was a little more subtle. So where was the blue in yesterday's festivities?
1. In the sky, fortunately. It was near-perfect weather for Canada Day.
2. In the light bathing the Parliament Hill buildings after dark. Yes, as night fell, all those lovely limestone buildings were immersed in a vivid blue hue.
3. On stage - Blue Rodeo was the marquee act, after all, and lead singer Jim Cuddy's brother, Loftus, was a Conservative candidate in Toronto-Danforth in the 2004 election.
It should be noted, however, that Cuddy has said he didn't vote for his brother and that, if memory serves, Jim Cuddy is more likely to be found at events in support of NDP leader Jack Layton (who holds the Toronto-Danforth seat.) Cuddy's politics