My apologies for taking so long to write but things have been quite busy up here in the Great White North.
The ruling Conservatives – yes, contrary to popular belief, rightwing governments do get elected in Canada from time to time – are celebrating their fourth year of minority rule. Some of our finest past and present Members of Parliament on the government side are celebrating more *sniff* than others, it *sniff* would seem…
Still on Afghanistan, a story that really isn’t is playing out. The government has refused to release classified documents regarding the possibility that some prisoners who were transferred from Canadian to Afghani custody were tortured, and allegations that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Tory government were aware, to members of the opposition parties.
By now the buzz is such that if Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff does get to see them behind closed doors, he must claim some sort of malfeasance on the part of the Tories, or he will go down in our political history as the Former Harvard Professor Who Cried Wolf.
By the way, after he loses the next election, feel free to take Ignatieff back.
Anyway, even with all of this going on, some of us have been watching your scene with interest.
But has America become so politically polarized since 2000 that quality as a requirement has been lost on both sides of the fence? It seems to be but one of the many divisive issues down there.
I see the after-effects of the Slick Willie years are there for all to see. Clinton’s ability to strip the Oval Office of morals, his success in lowering the bar of standards you (and the world) forever see in the Office of the President of the United States of America was on display with Obama’s flippant ‘tea-baggers’ comment.
Regarding your government’s new habit of becoming business owners, it makes some of us wonder if the warnings that we have been shouting for decades were all for naught.
Canadians have a long history of being owners of our own television station, rail lines, etc. So-called federal government-owned Crown Corporations have been the high-tax wolf in ‘it’s our culture’ clothing for a long time, and no good has come from it.
I don’t want to tell you folks how to live, and I never thought that I, a Canadian, would have to inform America of this, but: SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK. Stop what you’re doing. Don’t do it. Halt!
Take it from someone who knows: once you go down that path, the best you can hope for is a Conservative/Republican government that must rule from the left just to stay in power.
And that ain’t pretty, my friends.