Sunday, June 10, 2012

Canadian Voters

Canadian voters are stupid.

Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but look here...

Once upon a time, we had the following political parties: the Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals, the NDP, the Reform Party, and the United Alternative. Now, the UA was nothing really to be concerned about. It was just kind of there.

Then the UA and the Reform Party joined forces and became the Alliance, headed up by Stockwell Day. No one in their right mind was going to vote to put Stockwell Day in charge in Ottawa. In the meantime, Brian Mulroney drove the PC's into the toilet and they found themselves down to 2 members; not enough to be a real party anymore, but they hung on by their fingernails. Eventually, they did make their way back to "official party status" but never had more than 20 they joined forces with the Alliance. one in their right mind would vote for the Alliance, Stockwell Day or no Stockwell Day.

What happened next is that Stephen Harper was elected leader of this misbegotten Frankenstein monster of a political party and they very cleverly dropped the "Alliance" name and kept "Conservative", although really, the Conservatives were well beyond being a minority. The end result of all this is that Canadian voters who have always voted for the Conservative Party and who would have murdered their grandmothers in their beds before voting for the Alliance, were now voting for the Alliance because it CALLED ITSELF the Conservative Party.

And now, since the last election, the maniac in charge of this messy party has had a majority government, which means the voices of Canadians in general can be ignored, scientists can be silenced, and anyone who disagrees with destroying the ecosystem, preserving our air and water and forests and so on and so forth because Stephen Harper can go ahead and push through any damn laws he wants. And we sit back and watch.

Down the road I foresee worse to come. I don't trust Justin Trudeau any more than I cared for his father, who was charming but horrible for the country. Justin is charming and facile with words, and I wish I had kept an article I read a couple of years ago about his views and caused me great concern. So I see him becoming leader of the Liberal Party and gaining his own majority government and causing even worse problems. We're stupid. We really are.


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