Thursday, April 02, 2015
Bill C-51 and the Dangerous Apathy of Canadians
As you know I find it hard to understand why so many Canadians are so complacent about what Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are doing to this country.
Violating our values, making a mockery out of our democracy, and trying to turn us into a police state.
And when I saw this tweet from Susan Delacourt yesterday...
I was reminded that apathy is our worst enemy, and Stephen Harper's best friend.
According to legend, March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. If that pattern applies to politics as well as weather, the Conservative government may have reason to hope for a more optimistic spring — for public anxiety about its security platform to be replaced by the usual wave of apathy.
The Commons committee hearings on the anti-terror Bill C-51 wrap up this week. The motion to extend and expand Canada’s Iraq military mission into Syria has passed. Starting next week the Commons takes two weeks off, which should lessen the pressure on the government. And Prime Minister Harper has another reason to expect that voters’ worries about the damage being done to their civil liberties by C-51 will soon fade away.
And although there are many reasons for that:
We live in a very big country and that size — coupled with the complexity of our federal system — lends itself to indifference. Governments have fostered that attitude by abandoning unifying national initiatives in favour of regional “program delivery”. In so doing, they’ve behaved as if they are less and less accountable to the public and Parliament. Canadians have become gradually more comfortable with the prime minister wielding vast executive authority on his own — changing from first among equals to first without equals.
It bothers me that so many Canadians are willing to trust Stephen with their freedoms. Or just don't care.
And this latest rant by Rick Mercer really hit home...
Because I have worked so hard and so long to try to get younger Canadians involved in the political process, and vote in greater numbers.
But the good news is, I sense that the situation is changing.
We have shown what we can do when we want to...
And as I mentioned last night, we are planning other ways to keep the battle against Bill C-51 alive.
So let's not get discouraged. Let's send out this message.
To young people and all the others.
Stephen Harper and his filthy Con regime must be defeated.
Canadians are waking up. We are not sheep.
And apathy is not an option...
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