Saturday, November 28, 2015
Learning How to Live in the New and Harperless Canada
It's a strange feeling. I want to celebrate the end of Stephen Harper's ghastly Con regime. I want to think that the monster has disappeared into his own darkness.
But I still can't quite believe it.
And what with the state of the world, and the sound of the Cons grinding their teeth like cicadas, and violence and insanity everywhere.
I'm having a hard time getting into the spirit of the season...
But luckily a lot of good things really are happening in the New Canada, and this has got to be one of the best.
After getting it together long enough to stop the dictator and save our country, we now seem to be getting serious about trying to save the planet.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to global climate talks in Paris with a new pledge of billions for the cause and a call for a strong international agreement, promising to follow up with a domestic plan with the provinces – and a new poll suggests that is probably in line with what Canadians want.
And after being seen for so long as the grubby inhabitants of a planet burning petro state, we're now starting to look like the good guys.
At the Commonwealth summit in Malta on Thursday, Mr. Trudeau grabbed a little attention by announcing that Canada will put $2.65-billion over five years into climate-change funds for developing countries – a doubling of previous funding. He announced it behind closed doors to fellow leaders with some flourish, according to aides: “I’m here today not just to say Canada’s back but to show it,” they quoted him as saying.
And flaunting it. Can you believe it?
Even though we are late to the party, we do need to do even more. And the threat couldn't be more ominous.
But of course, if we are to deliver on our commitments we need to control the levers of our energy policy.
And as I said the other day, that means taking control of the National Energy Board and blowing up Stephen Harper's outrageous patronage appointments.
A new online petition is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel 49 “future appointments” made by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, saying they were a blatant attempt to maintain Conservative influence over several government bodies after the Conservative government was defeated.
These 'future' patronage appointments, unprecedented in Canadian history, will entrench within the new government the worst tendencies of the Conservative party — secrecy, hyper-partisanship, an incredible disregard for science and evidence-based policy, etc. — that voters so fiercely rejected.
This is a slimy move, even for Harper.
And as we do that, we must also prepare to welcome these poor desperate Syrian refugees...
Who will test our New Canada and our caring character to the limit.
But even on that frontier of despair there is this good news.
The photo of his tiny, soaked sneakers and red T-shirt embedded in the sand sparked international outrage and promises of change for refugees desperate to escape Syria's vicious conflict.
Now, CBC's the fifth estate has learned that some of Alan Kurdi's surviving family members are being fast-tracked to Canada as part of Ottawa's new refugee settlement strategy.
If the Cons had saved that family sooner, instead of ignoring their desperate pleas for help, little Alan Kurdi might still be alive...
But at least now his death won't be completely in vain. Thank goodness for small mercies.
You know, I've been feeling so shock and awed recently, it's almost as if I have been suffering from PHSD (Post Harper Stress Depression)
But I'm starting to feel better now.
The lights are going on all over Canada.
And I think it's going to be a great holiday season...
Yup. Look for the lights in the darkness.
Keep celebrating the New Canada.
And have a great weekend everybody...
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