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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Stephen Harper’s Change

I have a news flash for Stephen Harper.
The "change" he keeps going on about happened back in 2004, when the Canadian people decisively tossed out the long line of majority governments that had ruled Canada since the Trudeau era.
It was these majorities, under Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien, that gave us the staggering national debt, the GST, NAFTA, the crises in health care and a myriad of other problems.
The people, in their wisdom, and with the aid of the burgeoning Bloc Quebecois, decided it was time to end the tyranny and arrogance of majority governments, whether they be Grit, Tory or otherwise, and they did just that.
To listen to Mr. Harper, one would think he wants the Canadian people to change that decision and go back to majority government, in his case a Conservative majority. His idea of change is to go back to the same old - same old.
It isn't going to happen! We don't want one party pushing through whatever legislation they bloody well want, despite what the people have to say, as happened with both NAFTA and the GST. We're tired of going hard one way for four to eight years, then going hard back the other way for the next four to eight years. We're tired of Prime Ministers who act like kings and despots. We don't trust our politicians, and it is highly unlikely we're ever going to give one party, or another, carte blanche, to do whatever they want, ever again.
Besides, we're not stupid! We know all the real good stuff in this country came about as the result of minority governments, health care, the charter, our national education system, peacekeeping, the flag, and on and on.
Canadians like minority governments, and will likely continue to elect them until our politicians finally get the message, and start changing the structure of our government to reflect the diverse population and far-flung regions, by introducing programs like proportional representation and and an elected senate (Harper's one good idea).
Mr. Harper, we've already made our change, and when this election is all said and done, there is going to be another minority government. My suggestion to you, and to the leaders of the other parties, is: get used to it! Learn how to work with other factions and parties, deal with consensus building, and learn to co-operate, and most of all, forget about any hope you have of "governing" and learn how to "serve," which, in a democracy, is supposed to be what getting elected is all about.
It's not enough to talk about changing our government. We want our government to change, and that includes you Mr. Harper!


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