The last federal election here in Canada was about as exciting as watching paint dry. To be honest, I’m a bit of a political junkie, but there just wasn’t any electoral janga to get excited over. Harper is about as boring as double-header chess match, and Ignatieff was in his own little world. I think the only bright light was Layton, who later succumbed to cancer. Really, when it was all over, I wasn’t disappointed or excited by the results. Harper did a fairly good job of steering the political ship through the stormy seas of the recession, so I figured he’d muddle along okay with a majority government.
I was wrong. Lately, he’s been slamming monster bills through parliament like there’s no tomorrow. All without consulting the people who put him there in the first place. Us. At least when he was in a minority position, he couldn’t get away with stuff like this. Why is it when certain people or parties get elected, they forget that they are in fact, public servants? Their job is to put the best interests of their constituents first. Bill C45 is a plan that tramps on the toes of a lot of Canadians.
At least the first nations people are doing something about it. Idle No More is gaining steam right across the country, raising awareness about the flaws in these gargantuan bills Mr. Harper seems to be in love with. At this very moment, First Nations Chief Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike, intent on getting a meeting with our esteemed leader, who seems to take great pleasure in ignoring her entirely. This is just plain wrong. Chief Spence isn’t an ordinary citizen who woke up one morning and decided to get her face on the news, she’s a political leader who has followers, good ideas, and genuine concerns about her people as well as Canadians.
If Stephen Harper had any class whatsoever, he’d agree to a meeting. A sit down at least over a cup of tea and a danish to discuss her concerns. If he can’t take the time to listen to a first-nations leader, will he listen to an average Canadian? I doubt it. That being said, maybe he’ll listen when we remind him that he isn’t the King of Canada, there is an election coming, and we’ll send him and his party into Ignatieff-land if he doesn’t calm down and remember that he is a public servant. We’ll just revive the great ABC campaign fired up by former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams a few years ago; Anything But Conservative.