Wednesday, July 24, 2019
My Excellent Summer and the Horror of the Cons
It's been an amazing summer so far in the place where I live. And now that I'm on holiday I've been trying to enjoy every minute.
The blue sky days, the warm breezes, the childhood memories of the days I learned to sail in a far off land.
The lazy afternoons at the island beach where I can lie in the sun, and have the luxury of time to really think about where this country is going.
But sometimes when I do that these days, I have a deep sense of foreboding.
And it's not just the fact that the rising waters of Lake Ontario have submerged about eighty percent of the sand on this beach.
Or that just a few days ago it felt like 43 degrees in the shade, and it was too hot to go out.
No, this is what I find troubling.
If an election was held at the time of the survey, the Liberals and Conservatives would each get 32% of committed voter support, followed by the NDP at 16%, the Greens at 11%, and the BQ at 4%. All these numbers are virtually unchanged since our last survey at the end of June.
For while I realize that the trend favours the Liberals, I find it hard to believe that with just three months to go before the election, the climate change denier, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic Andrew Scheer still has a chance of becoming Prime Minister.
And that even after the stench of Jason Kenney, and the corruption of Doug Ford, many Canadians would still give Scheer the power to join with them and complete the destruction of this country.
Even though, no thanks to them, it's so admired all over the world.
It's hard to believe that people could be that brutish, or that greedy, or that stupid, to destroy that work in progress.
And sometimes I can't help feeling that the Canada I love is doomed.
But then as I walk back from the beach in the late afternoon, and see so many of my favourite flowers blooming.
More butterflies than I have seen for a long time.
And this floating piece of art in the bay called SOS or Save our Swimmers...
Where each orange figure represents more than one million refugees in the world desperately seeking shelter, freedom and safety.
And remind me that we can be proud of this.
Canada admitted the largest number of refugees who were resettled last year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained citizenship, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency's global report.
Remind me that my beautiful country is far from doomed, still well worth fighting for.
And why I stand with Trudeau
Who more than any other Canadian politician best represents the country I want to live in.
Holidays can clear the mind, and help some people see the forest for the trees.
But I know what I want and where I'm going...
And I do know this:
The final Battle for Canada is about to begin.
And we are going to win it...