Sometimes, especially on a cold spring day like today, I can't help feeling depressed about living in a country like Harperland.
I can't help thinking about how great we might have been, and what the Cons have made of us.
How once we were admired by the rest of the world, as a cool young country with decent, noble values. And how Stephen Harper and his reactionary cult have shamed us, and turned Canada into a grubby little pariah state.
And when I feel like that, as I did today, all I can say is thank goodness for people like Chris Hadfield...
For cheering me up, and making me feel good about being a Canadian. For showing our better face to the world. And yes, for making us look cool again.
Because his excellent adventure on the International Space Station was an absolutely stunning performance from start to finish.
Commander, scientist, teacher, artist, Twitter magician. He couldn't have done us prouder. He couldn't have embodied the decent values of this country better.
I enjoyed the whole celestial show, but the part I liked the most was when Hadfield spoke or wrote about what it was like to look down on our beautiful blue planet, and see Canada in all its magnificence.
Because I'm sure that from way up there you can't see the smallness, or the grubbiness, of Harperland. Just a big, still young country, waiting for a chance to show the world that it can be great, and decent, and even cool again.
Which is why although I thought Space Oddity was an inspired choice, and I thought his performance truly amazing, I liked this Canadian song even better...
Look out my window There goes home
That ball of shiny blue houses everybody anybody ever knew
So sing your song I’m listening out where stars are glistening
I can hear your voices bouncing off the moon
If you could see our Nation from the international space station You’d know why I want to get back soon
Because I too miss my country and want it back soon.
Which is why tonight, if I could, I would have sent out these two messages from Ground Control eh?
Simon to Major Chris...you are cleared to land. Mission accomplished. Well done.
You are AWESOME.
Simon to Major Steve...you are NOT cleared to land, or fit to govern us any longer.
You are DISGUSTING.
Watch out for the black hole of the next election.
And prepare for a crash landing...
Yup. Until the day the Monkey King is defeated.
Until the day we are free.
Until the glorious heavenly day the filthy Cons are grounded forever.
And Canada can be great again...
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