Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Ugly Cons and My Beautiful Quebec
At a time when I sometimes have trouble recognizing my Canada. Because although it is so beautiful so many things I see these days are so ugly.
Like a provincial government defending those who would discriminate and humiliate gay people.
Saskatchewan's top court has reserved decision on legislation that would allow marriage commissioners to say "I won't" to same-sex couples who want to say "I do."
Or a great organization like Planned Parenthood waiting helplessly to become the latest victim of the Harper government's evil war on women.
In London, International Planned Parenthood Federation is waiting for a call from Canada that will preserve life-saving programs that help 31 million women and children.
But nearly a year after the U.K.-based organization tried to renew its $18 million grant – and on the eve of a G20 summit Harper has focused on maternal health — the line from Ottawa is silent.
Or so many in English Canada, including some progressives, still debating whether Stephen Harper is really a threat. Even though nobody can predict what he might do if he ever got a majority.
If a prime minister is to be judged by his deeds rather than by his words, one should not count on Harper to stand against the anti-abortion tide of his caucus.
At a time when all of this is going on, I can't tell you how crazy happy I was to read this.
In a concerted broadside against Ottawa, Quebec legislators have unanimously challenged the Harper government’s stance on abortion and asserted women’s right to choose.
“Abortion is an inalienable right and the consensus expressed in the National Assembly reflects the consensus on this issue in Quebec society...That battle is over and here there is no turning back.”
Or how proud I am to be a Quebecer.
They passed a gay rights law thirty years before the rest of Canada did. They honour the memory of women killed by guns. They provide a good but affordable daycare program. They are building a whole bunch of new shelters for battered women. They have a government task force on homophobia. They reject harsh punishments and rehabilitate their juvenile delinquents better than anyone.
And now they are telling the religious extremists and the Harper government where to get off.... 109 to ZERO.
My beautiful Quebec. The last bastion of Canadian values.
Stephen Harper knows that, that's why he's planning to campaign against Quebec in the next election, and his AmeriCons are already muttering about a "separatist coalition."
As if Canadian progressives didn't have a right to join forces with a people who not only share their values they are keeping them ALIVE in the darkness. But then Harper knows what so many forget. That if Quebec ever left Canada this country would be Conservative. FOREVER.
Just like Britain would be Conservative if my beautiful Scotland ever seceded.
Yup. The Québécois. Understand them. Embrace them. Join with them to protect our precious Canadian values. Celebrate them like I do.
For they are truly SPECIAL...
And I gotta feeling that if they are ever forced to leave this country because they don't recognize it anymore.
I'll know that Canada has become Amerika.
And I'll be going with them...