This is Canadian Democracy?

I don’t do political rants. I don’t. But today’s antics by our Canadian government have me so frustrated and angry I want to scream and beat my head against a wall!

 

I can’t believe the man who was rejected by voters just six weeks ago, the man defeated so profoundly that he has to step down as leader of his party, is attempting to use a coalition deal to slip through the back door and become Prime Minister. What an affront to our democratic process. And how ironic is it that the coalition requires the participation of a separatist to make it work?

 

Today’s turmoil was reflected on the stock market, with the TSX taking the biggest one day drop ever. With the current financial uncertainty this isn’t the time to spend $300M on another election and yet it appears an election will be the only alternative to the coalition.

 

The situation almost leaves me speechless. Almost. There may be fodder here for fiction! 

 

 

Be thankful you can raise a little hell

Here in Canada this is Thanksgiving Day and tomorrow is Election Day. At first glance that seems like an unfortunate combination. While the global financial world has been drowning, Canada’s stock market flounders in sympathetic dives and bellyflops, scaring home owners, investors and pensioners alike with its thrashing. Our present political situation doesn’t appear to be in a state for which thankfulness is a rational response.

 

But the very fact that we have the right and freedom to vote for the party that we believe can best address the situation is something for which we should be supremely thankful.

 

On her blog yesterday, Shari Green (DD 🙂 ) urged everyone to vote. She posted the Rick Mercer parody of Trooper’s hit song “Raise a Little Hell”.

 

“If you don’t like what you’ve got, why don’t you change it?”

“If your world is all screwed up, rearrange it!”

“If you don’t like what you see, why don’t you fight it?”

“If you know there’s something wrong, why don’t you right it?”

“Raise a little hell!”

 

I think Trooper is onto something!

I’m going to wear my Trooper T-shirt to the polls tomorrow and vote! Am I thankful that I can? You bet!