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Attack!

Last night during the Oscar broadcast, the Conservative Party of Canada ran this advertisement. I’ll let you watch it before we continue.

I’m tired of these attack ads, but not because they’re rude and base-politics, but because it’s insulting to me specifically. The Conservatives are mocking the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition for saying, “I wish my country were a little better.” I too wish my country were a little better, and it has nothing to do with who is leading our nation, it’s not a question of Harper vs. Ignatieff, it’s the simple fact that Canada is not, has never been, and will never be perfect, and so we cannot let that status quo be “good enough.” We must strive to make Canada the best it can be, and we all know that the best Canada can be is incredible.

I could discuss the whole “peacekeeping reputation” that they allude to in the ad, at which I’d simply say, look at the past two decades of peacekeeping, either it was non-existant or it was painful. That, however, is not the point. The point is simple, do the Conservatives believe that the status quo is good enough? If so, why are they reducing corporate taxes? Why recklessly spend undisclosed billions on fighter jets, and new prisons, and further deepening Canada’s structural deficit?

Maybe it’s not a wish for the status quo, but instead a wish to further hurt Canada both domestically and abroad?

Either way, I will offer my kudos to Mr. Harper for his recent financial actions against Gadhafi, and will cite this as an example of making Canada better.

G20

Dear Mr. Harper,
Toronto has long been proud of our women and men in uniform who protect our city, and provide an invaluable service to its people. The security of the G20, however, has soured the People’s view of the Toronto Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Ontario Provincial Police. With videos and photographic displays showing what appears to be excessive force and an abandon of the Charter, Torontonians cannot trust their Police or feel safe.

Obviously these videos and photos only show one side of the coin, and I do hope, along with all of my fellow Torontonians that the Police are honourable and were only acting within the boundaries of the law. And so, I must request that the Canadian Government act swiftly and open an independent inquiry into the behaviour of the Integrated Security Unit. If no wrong doings occurred, then Torontonians will be able to once again show pride in their Police; if, however, it is found that the Police overstepped then we’ll find a place to put blame, and I trust that the Government will take the appropriate action.

As the Prime Minister who led the Conservative Party of Canada to their first victory on a platform of honesty and accountability in the wake of the Sponsorship Scandal, I know that honour will dictate your decisions, and you will do the right thing.

Thank you for your time,
Adam M. Anklewicz

cc:
Jack Layton, MP Toronto-Danforth
Michael Ignatieff, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
William Blair, Chief of Police

Ugh

So it seems everyone wants to undo Harper’s move to prorogue parliament, and the answer… Join a Facebook group.

I have two problems with this.

1) Are we really “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament?” I’m not (that’s actually why I didn’t join the group). Prorogation has a specific use in Canadian democracy, but this isn’t it. Harper is using this little used bit of Canadian law to get his way.

Brief intermission to apologize for the following language. Sorry.

2) What the fuck is this going to do? What the fuck will a demonstration do? What the fuck will writing to the PMO do? What the fuck will writing to your MP do?

No, seriously, those are all questions that I want to know the answers to. Please tell me.

But boys and girls, there’s a stronger question that’s begging to be asked here. What can we do? I want to know, and I want to do it.

  • I want to prevent this douchewad from returning to 24 Sussex.
  • I want to find a way to ensure that someone else forms government.
  • I want the Liberal Party of Canada to find a new, electable leader for the party.
  • I want the New Democratic Party to find a new electable leader.
  • I want Canadians to see that an economist might make sense as a Prime Minister on paper, but when the reality is the largest deficit in Canadian history, we have to do something about it.
  • I want Canadians to shout that KNOWINGLY handing prisoners over to a government who commit abuse is wrong.
  • I want Canada to return to a place of respect in the world.
  • I want Canadians to know their Government has treated their own appointed accountability with contempt.

So, please, tell me what we can do. I want to do it.

Harper

Prorogation Part II

Today marked the second December in as many years in which the Head of Government has asked the defacto Head of State to prorogue Parliament. This wouldn’t be a problem if there was a practical purpose to end the session early, however, in both cases the Right Honourable Prime Minister has used this little-used Parliamentary tradition to serve his singular purpose.

Last year, Her Excellency, the Governor General prorogued parliament on the advice of her Prime Minister to prevent an election or a coalition government forming. This year, Madame Jean had a precedence set, if he asks, she must grant; what happened to the oversight of the Crown? What’s the purpose of this prorogation? An outsider would just assume that the government was done its job for the session. However, the government had over 30 bills sitting, waiting to be debated and voted on.

Some speculate it’s to prevent any negative news during the Vancouver Olympics. Some suggest that it’s to delay any investigations into abuse and torture allegations in Afghanistan. Some think it will allow Mr. Harper to appoint another five Conservative senators and then shuffle the committees to be more blue-friendly.

None of these are in the spirit of what prorogation is meant for, none of these are anything less than self-serving options. How about a bill specifying reasons in which a government can prorogue parliament. The NDP/Liberals/Bloc have the majority of seats. Would this not be easy enough to pass through Parliament and the Senate? Oh wait, you can’t pass any legislation when Parliament is not in session.

Michäelle, remember why you’re the one in the throne, you’re the one representing Her Majesty.

All hail, King Adam I?

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