Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The New Canada and the Two Justins
As I try to remember all the things that happened in this wild and crazy year that was both our nightmare and our salvation, two things keep jumping out at me.
One, how low Stephen Harper and his ghastly Cons did drag us and our democracy, and shame us in the eyes of the world.
And two, how quickly Justin Trudeau has been able to improve our image abroad.
By letting the world know that the Canada they once knew and admired is back, and just as good as they always imagined...
Or at least heading in the right direction again.
And to make things even more amazing, there's another Canadian out there who is also winning us millions of new fans.
And he's also called Justin !!!!
Yes it is indeed Justin Bieber, and no I'm not losing my mind, and it is a great story.
On Christmas eve in Britain a song by group of doctors and nurses known as the NHS Choir was in second place in the race for the much coveted UK's Christmas day number one song...
They were hoping to raise money for charity, and send a message of support to the country's National Health Service which has been under savage assault from David Cameron and his Cons.
But since it was up against Bieber's new single Love Yourself its chances of winning looked bleak, until our pop prince intervened.
In the final hours of the race, when the choir was just 662 units behind Bieber’s Love Yourself, the Canadian singer tweeted: “I’m hearing this UK Christmas race is close… but @Choir_NHS single is for charity … So for 1 week it’s ok not be #1. Let’s do the right thing & help them win. It’s Christmas. @Choir_NHS good luck. This is what it’s all about. Merry Christmas.”
Asked his 73 million Twitter followers to download the NHS Choir song, because among other things he's a big medicare supporter.
Bieber has been an unexpected champion of state healthcare from a young age, once telling Rolling Stone, when he was 16, that the US health insurance system was evil.
So the gentle song won, the message got out...
Now many in Britain are crediting Bieber with reminding them of the importance of their medicare system, why they need to defend it. And pointing out that he thinks that way because he's a Canadian.
Leaving me with my mouth wide open, and my head feeling like it's going to explode.
But yes, isn't it great that after living so long in the darkness of Harperland, we are coming out into the light, and starting to act and be seen as decent people again?
As a compassionate people.
Decked out in scarves and tuques in Canadian reds and whites, Alan Kurdi’s uncle, aunt and five cousins – all members of a family that has come to symbolize the struggle of millions of Syrian refugees – sprinted out of the customs area at Vancouver’s airport after a flight from Germany to embrace their relatives and begin their new lives.
And celebrated for just doing the right thing.
Before the Kurdis addressed reporters, they and their supporters chanted: “Thank you, Canada! Thank you, Canada!”
You know, It will take the efforts of all of us to build a New Canada.
There will be huge challenges ahead, and it will take more than one Justin or two to overcome them.
But as this rollercoaster of a year draws to its close I can't help but believe or beliebe.
That we're definitely heading in the right direction...
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