While visitors to CFN appear to be magnetized by language issues, here’s a question that touches us all, whatever our language. Do we deserve our government? Specifically, do we deserve a government that is poised to sell out a significant chunk of our natural resources and potentially Canada’s sovereignty to a foreign power (Canada/China FIPA), without properly consulting Canadians and without properly safeguarding our country’s environment?
A government that routinely lectures other countries about human rights and pays only lip service to human rights at home
A government that urges democracy on other countries and abuses democracy at home
A government that preaches “Support Our Troops” and disrespects the needs and concerns of veterans
A government that apologizes to First Nations Peoples for past abuse and neglects the needs and concerns of First Nations Peoples today
A government that routinely lies to the Canadian people (income trusts, the cost of F-35 jets, funding for First Nations education, Afghan detainees)
A government that ignores and/or dismisses fact-based and science-based evidence on critical issues (climate change, crime rates, long-form census, long-gun registry, etc. etc. etc.)
A government that is the first and only government in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament
A government that railroads through Parliament so-called “Omnibus budget bills” which have very little to do with budgets
A government that defends its members when they break the law (Oda, Penashue)
A government that preaches economic restraint while it practices waste (gazebos, helicopters for personal use, $16 glasses of orange juice, armoured cars flown to India for the PM at a cost of thousands of $$$s per hour)
A government that violates election regulations (del Maestro, robo-calls)
A government that turns its back on Canadian citizens trapped or imprisoned overseas until shamed by public outcry to act on its responsibilities
A government that has cut or gutted programs and offices helpful to jobless youth, adult literacy, volunteers, status of women, rehabilitating ex-inmates, etc.
A government that smears and/or silences those who dare to question its policies (Linda Keen, Richard Colvin, Pat Stogran, “Taliban Jack” among many)
A government, be it noted, that was elected by 40% of the 60% of Canadians who voted—that is, by a mere 24% of the electorate. 76% of Canadians did not vote for this government
A government to which the Canadian media, for the most part and to their shame, continue to give a free ride.
Do we deserve such a government?
PJ Robertson – Morrisburg Ontario
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