Or maybe just a spring election… Either way it makes me groan. I do not fly my political colours proudly like many Albertans. Largely because there is no one party that I feel entirely comfortable with. Which I think is largely true of many my age. But that is another blog, for another time.
What I want to talk about today is what seems important to rest of the population. It all comes down to money. People are concerned about the economy, their jobs, and their ability to support and provide for themselves and their families. At this time it seems to be the only thing that matters.
Our current conservative government has been recommended to be found in contempt of parliament, has high level officials being investigated for election fraud, had a minister lie to the house of commons, and refused to co-operate with the opposition on the budget ( “this is not collective bargaining”, well Mr. Minister, it kinda is…). This has been in the LAST THREE WEEKS.
But because none of these offenses has involved the direct mishandling of tax payer money, NOBODY CARES. I listen to interview after interview of people who say that it doesn’t really bother them. Really? It doesn’t bother you that your government is sneaky, lies, and uses the system to their own advantage? It doesn’t bother you that they only tell you what they want you to hear, but not what is really truth? It doesn’t bother you that the Canadian political system is spiralling into a cesspool of partisan politics where the colour of your stripes is much more important than working together for the good of the country? What is going on?
I live in Calgary and we had a civic election here in the fall. For the first time in my life I got excited about a political campaign. One candidate ran on a platform of cooperation and collaboration, and promised to consult, share and communicate with the public. He came in as a relative unknown, and he won. He got people excited and involved and he won! There is hope!
What we need in this country is something or someone fresh who is inspires people and gets them excited about building this country again. But sadly, I do not see that in any of our current political leaders. Apathy is rampant, and until the men and women in suits in Ottawa start to work together rather than against each other, nothing is going to get better.