Canada has just elected Stephen Harper and his Conservative minority into office, replacing Paul Martin and his Liberals. This is not a swing to the right for Canada. The numbers show that we, for the most part, simply voted for our second choice in order to teach the corrupt Liberal party a lesson. But at what cost?
A concerned young woman said on CBC last night that if Harper was Prime Minister less than 2 years ago, Canada would be at war right now. This rang very true for me. As far left as our right wing may be, the Conservatives are going to bring about some serious changes that will challenge the definition of what it means to be Canadian.
For instance, Harper wants to revisit the previously closed issue of gay marriage. Canada called for a vote on the issue. Canada voted on the issue. Harper doesn’t like the outcome so he’s undermining the country to revisit the issue. Also, Harper was in favour of an American missile defence shield in Canada. Canada stands strongly against war and fears the implications of defending a country with such antagonistic leadership. I have a bad feeling Mr. Harper and Mr. Bush will find much in common.
There are other liberties, other shining points of Canadian freedom and individuality, at stake all of a sudden. Music sharing, medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, rehabilitation of troubled youth, environmental responsibility, and so much more are jeopardized by the Conservative administration. These pillars of the Canadian way of life will be placed on the shelf as new agendas are brought to light – identity verification, activity logging, military might, and legal punishment.
That’s right, Canada. You’ve basically voted yourselves unfit to govern yourselves. You’ve begged authoritarians to tighten the leash. Fear not, for you’ll get your wish. We will soon discover that more of us are criminals than we realized, and those criminals will be severely punished. We don’t want social issues to be addressed. We don’t want preventive maintenance. We only want revenge on those who have wronged us. Don’t worry. We’ll get it. Those of you who voted to “stand up for Canada,” prepare to bend over.
p.s., A very hearty congratulations to the NDP who increased its parliament presence by 10 seats, and to the Green Party for capturing the hearts of over a million Canadians. An extra special congratulations to Thornhill NDP candidate Simon Strelchik and Green candidate Lloyd Helferty for speaking so well in the local debate and for swaying more than 10% of our predominantly Liberal community.
Thanks to Mycroft who mentions Harper’s “firewall article” as suggested reading. Here is a link to the article.
I’d heard that Harper wanted to reallocate some power from the federal level to the provinces, but it sounds like he wants to impose something of a full-scale separatist movement to decentralize allocation of funds and services altogether. Perhaps some provinces are not recieving sufficient support, perhaps not. It is particularly suspicious that his proposed “Alberta Agenda” exempts a wealthy province with no provincial sales tax from supporting the rest of the country. Harper most certainly has a point when he says “If Quebec can do it, why not Alberta?” This should not be acceptable in any province. United we stand, divided we fall.