When All Is Said and Done

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Do the people of this federal government riding genuinely think that Prime Minister Stephen Harper truly believes we are stupid? For if he does think we are stupid then as Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” and with the PM proroguing our Parliament, I’d suggest he does think we’re stupid. Really now, asking the Canadian public to accept his explanation that proroguing parliament is a normal activity when the government feels it needs to regroup and present a new budget is suggesting that these highly paid elected officials can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, or find their way to the free Parliament Hill restaurant without a GPS.

The line being fed to the Conservative Talking Heads, otherwise known as our local Members of Parliament, is that parliament got prorogated because the Conservative government needed to speak to the average Canadians about the economy, take time out for the Vancouver Olympics and strengthen the Tories’ position in the Senate. Well here’s what’s wrong with these reasons: first, if by talking to the average Canadian is going to Davos, Switzerland this January where captains of industry and heads of governments are going to gather by invitation-only to a World Economic Forum, (last year attended by our wizards of free trade and money management in handing out money to captains of industry were experts – Ministers Stockweel Day and Jim Flaherty) then our PM is right to prorogue. However, this is a closed shop forum so these personalities can chat and have cocktails with the world’s most powerful and brightest stars from the business community, politicians and some academics.

On the second reason given, can these politicians not watch the Olympics on their big screen TV’s like most Canadians? After all, the average Canadian is paying the Olympic Committee to host these games, do we need to add to our cost by paying our MP’s for not working and simply watching as we will? On strengthening the Tories in the Senate, did this Stephen Harper promise not to appoint Senators ? Was he not going to have Senate reform and have these individuals elected? You see, the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt is most appropriate: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility” and our PM has certainly made his choice known and sent out his Talking Heads to deliver his message to each corner of the country. The problem is that an educated public have seen right through this guy and have comprehended that all our previous Prime Ministers have withstood a certain amount of misfortune while in office, but it’s the way they handle their individual misfortunes that has endeared us to their character, good or evil.

The Afghan prisoners probe is the only real reason this PM prorogued Parliament for this Prime Minister has shown time and again nothing but contempt for our Democratic system and he fully understands that to make our democratic system work, Canadians must be participants, not simply observers. For he knows as did George Bernard Shaw that “democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” and Canadians can’t even find the time to vote, least of all understand what he’s doing and why. Unless of course it’s for something like a candidate in the TV variety show about dancing or something of that national importance. The arrogance displayed by the PM and his Cabinet Ministers is “I know best”, which is the very reflective view of the very worst of politicians. It’s that old Reform Party arrogance that we originally saw in Stockwell Day, that know-it-all kind of thing, that makes me crazy. Falling in the Polls since early fall the Tories are now only 6 points ahead of the Liberals, who themselves are questioning the wisdom of their leader’s ability to steer their party into alternative policies from economics to the war in Afghan, otherwise they’d be in the lead. Still, with a drop in the polls, this motionless PM decided to again circumvent our democratic system in such a way that no committee can meet and as such, the search for the treatment of Afghan prisoners is steadfast frozen. Why is this so wrong you may say? Well, look at it this way. Seneca (5BC – AD65) explained it best when he said, “Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering” that’s what’s wrong. The PM refuses to face the reality that under his watch our military knowingly were involved in the transfer of prisoners of war and simple locals who were in the wrong place at the wrong time were physically tortured. He, along with his Ministers, knew it from the get go, and now wish that we didn’t know.

For some Canadians, to always know what they prefer to believe instead of humbly saying Amen to what the government tells them they ought to think and believe, is to keep their soul alive and keep sacred their freedom of speech, along with freedom of conscience, for all of this scares the hell out of any government with or without a majority. That’s why, according to the latest Angus Reid Poll, 53% of Canadians disagree with the PM’s decision to prorogue Parliament for they understand that the probability that Stephen Harper will listen will fail but their struggle to maintain a democracy that is Canada’s true freedom will not deter these individuals from their cause for they believe hiding from the truth is not the Canadian way to doing government. When all is said and done, we deserve the truth, and like previous poorly management governments, this one needs to be replaced.

Organizations: World Economic Forum, Olympic Committee, Talking Heads Reform Party

Geographic location: Davos, Switzerland, Canada

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