I could be woefully out of the loop after three weeks in Europe (where I spent more time keeping track of the Bavarian state elections than the Canadian one), but has anyone else noticed that Matt Shaubroeck, the young NDP candidate in St. Boniface, is the very same unknown name who did remarkably well in Tuxedo in last year's provincial election?He was still a hefty 1,400 votes away from defeating Tory MLA Heather Stefanson but I remember a few bug-eyes on election night at Tory HQ when the returns started rolling in and Shaubroeck was nipping at Stefanson's heels. That riding's been Tory for pretty much as long as Shaubroeck's been alive, and it should have been a cakewalk for the Tories, but it was a little tighter than I expected. Also, speaking of the Canadian federal election, I was reminded just how sadly insignificant Canada is abroad. Searching around for a bit of news while in Norway, I picked up a copy of the Wall Street Journal that had a little front page brief on the election call. It said this is Canada's third election in five years, which is partly true. It's the third election in a little over four years. And Time Magazine's international edition had a blurb on the race but pegged Toronto as Canada's capital. Nuts.