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Feb 16 11 9:04 PM
canada, america, merge, 51ststate
Feb 16 11 10:05 PM
Feb 17 11 12:30 AM
Feb 17 11 2:20 AM
Gingerleaf wrote:We've put up with a /lot/ of Harper's stupid ideas. This has gone way too far.
Is there any way that we can dissolve parliament and get a new PM soon? Hell, /anyone/ but Harper in charge. During his rule as dictator, we lost Hudson's Bay, Tim Horton's, Zellers, TSX, and now what? Our sovreingity?
What has Canada come to? What has our country succumbed to thanks to our dictator?
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Feb 18 11 1:09 PM
Ha-ha! He certainly got slapped on the face with the head tax announcement just 1 week after their joint venture announcement. Harper has got a lot of spin doctoring to fix, especially with the Oda fiasco over their heads. They've been caught red-handed about lying to the people and lost all form of accountability by defending and justifying Oda's doctoring of documents and outright lying about it as "courageous". People are grumbling now... will it snowball to outright indignation? I dunno... It seems that no matter how much truth the media brings out, it feels somewhat muted. Like there is something restraining them from moving. Compared to when Chretien's sponsorship scandal, it was all over the news and propaganda all around which eventually led to the people punishing the Liberals by causing the fall of the Liberal government. As much as I admire the Liberals's stance to not attack Harper personally but rather attack the issues... Canadians don's seem to care. Harper's republican style personal attacks on Ignatief sees to be working wonders though. And when you ask an average Canadian why they don't like Ignatief, their reply is... "He left Canada to travel in the UK to become a broadcaster and then teach in Harvard University. He didn't spend enough of his life in he's Canada. He's just visiting. He's really American." Sound familiar?But what is it about his platform that you don't like?And the answer I get is..."... ... ...""He's too American."Canadian political apathy sickens me. There is a great quote by Plato that I always remember whenever I myself is feeling dejected by how our politicians behave or treat our country. "The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Well, I refuse to be an instrument in helping authoritatian dictators abuse the power entrusted to them in the people. That's why no matter how disgusted or discouraged I feel about our political landscape, I will continue to be active and refuse to give in by doing nothing.At the same time... It makes me feel ashamed and question the true intelligence of an average Canadian. I mean, I've met Americans both Republican or Democrat or Independent... I may not agree with some of those I've met with their fundamentalist political leanings, but at least most Americans I know have an opinion and care about what's happening in the political and social landscape of their country. Good or bad, they're always proud to identify themselves as American.We, in comparison, have this divided tribal mentality that has started to grow stronger and stronger as the years pass by. We've become French, English, Christian, Muslim, Immigrant, Refugees, Easterner, Westerner... In my opinion... more so in the recent years... the illusive, fragile and single identity of "Canadian" is now quickly disappearing. That even people who are born here are openly to refuse to acknowledge people from other countries who decided to adopt Canada as their home and adapt to the Canadian way of life as "Canadian". I've had this phrase thrown at me, from Canadians "born here" who see the shape of my eyes and the colour of my skin. "So what? You can be a Canadian citizen, but you will never be Canadian. If you don't like our government's policies... then go home to where you came from."Nice, isn't it? If people can say such things to someone like me who lived here more than half my life and grew up with a Canadian mentality and slaved almost half of my annual income since I was a teenager working part-time to go to school to support our "great" Canadian economic system... imagine the population's general opinion for people who are fresh off the boat? This is not the Canada I remembered and welcomed my family with open arms when we first came here. I don't like the Canada I'm foreseeing in the future... I'm actually not sure if I like the Canada I'm seeing right now. All I know for sure is that the "kinder", "tolerant" and "peaceful" Canada I grew up in is very quickly disappearing.How ironic that a silly truth in Hetalia's stereotype of our country is painfully becoming more and more truth...
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