Monday, January 07, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Sounds of Resistance
Well say what you like about Stephen Harper. Call him the Crime Minister or the devil himself.
But nobody can deny that he's consistent eh?
One moment he's waging a war of wills with a starving woman who represents some of the poorest people in Canada.
Or boasting about the eleven thousand government jobs he has killed.
The next moment he's waging war on the unemployed.
Beginning Sunday, people on EI face stricter, more complex rules for keeping their benefits, with the goal of getting unemployed workers back into the workforce sooner.
Even though that could cause mass misery all over the country, especially in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic premiers say the new rules could have a devastating effect on fishery, farming and tourism industries which are all seasonal jobs. And they're concerned that if people are encouraged to leave home to take other jobs, they won't come back.
For if the NDP asks how low did the Cons go in 2012? The answer is you ain't seen nothing yet.
And I just hope that Canadians understand that it's all ONE struggle.
That everything the Harper regime does is aimed at achieving the same thing. Killing government, scrapping environmental regulations, attacking unions, turning us into a low-wage economy, making Canada safe for Big Oil, and selling us out to foreign interests.
And that if the moment of truth has arrived for Canada's First Nations.
No one in Canada knows better than its aboriginals that a moment of truth has arrived for both them and the land. For good or ill, an explosion of development quivers over the West and the Arctic. Huge fortunes will be made by a few, great change will be ushered in, and the environment will be altered forever. Either the aboriginals make their stand now, or they will be eternally bypassed.
The plain fact of the matter is that aboriginal anger builds slowly underground before the volcano of frustration erupts. These are patient — not docile — people.
It has also arrived for the rest of us. For unless we speak out now as loudly as the Idle No More movement is doing, we too will wake up in a country we don't recognize. A country with poisoned lakes and rivers. A country run by foreigners that looks like a jungle.
Oh sure. I know a lot of Canadians can't relate to the struggle of our First Nations. But they will, they will.
For the revolt against the Con regime has begun. Fate has determined that the Idle No More movement should lead the way.
And until the rest of us hit the streets with our banners and our drums.
Because I'm ready eh?
These are the glorious sounds of the great Canadian resistance...
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