Conserv-Nation: Thoughts on the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.
I don’t care to comment on politics too often, and am far from an expert on the topic, but I do have a few things to say about May 2nd’s Canadian Federal Election.
First thing, if you didn’t vote, shame on you. A lot of people from our military’s history have died in battle to give you and I that right, and it’s pretty despicable that you would waste that right; especially when you look at the eastern world and see how many dictatorship regimes are dominating countries over there, depriving their citizens of human rights, and attacking them if they protest. If you have a grandparent, relative, or any family member that has served in our military, go ahead and tell them that you didn’t vote last night, and see how they react. Voting may not seem like a big deal to some, but realize that people that you never met, seen, or heard of, literally died so that you could keep that freedom. Our freedom to choose is invaluable, and whether or not the guy (or girl) you want to get elected does or doesn’t, it’s imperative that you exercise your right (spoil your ballot if you have to). If you don’t, you have absolutely zero credibility when you complain about who’s in office, and quite frankly, you should keep your mouth shut altogether.
I, along with 40% of Canada, am glad Stephen Harper is still our Prime Minister. I am also happy that Jack Layton and the NDP will be the official opposition. Thrilled and ecstatic are words I would use to describe my feelings about the brainwashing separatist Bloc being reduced to less than an official party, the dirty Liberals (who gave Quebec all that money in the sponsorship scandal and lost all my trust) are running on fumes, and that both Ignatieff and Duceppe couldn’t even win their own home ridings, and have quit as leaders. Absolutely beautiful. Also, good on Elizabeth May and the Green Party for getting into the House of Commons.
Reading through Facebook statuses, I really feel like people want to complain about the current leader just for the sake of being argumentative. That is, I feel like no matter who’s in office, people will complain. And again, as I said, if you voted, that’s totally your right, and you can complain all you want. 40% of the country wanted the Conservatives, but that also means 60% didn’t. I think all I’d ask is that if you’re going to complain, have some backing to your argument, not just propaganda you can’t prove, or petty shots like you don’t like Harper’s hairstyle or something. At least offer an alternative with your whining. Better yet, tell it to your MP, and hopefully it’s something that can be discussed in Parliament.
What I like about the new majority is that we won’t have any of these BS yearly campaigns and elections for another 4 years, and (ideally) productive time in the House of Commons; instead of MP’s in a minority constantly droning on about how awesome they and their party is, how horrible the Prime Minister is, and voting against budgets and bills just to cause an election; all the while avoiding having to do actual work for Canadians they’re supposed to be representing. It’s pretty clear that Canadians aren’t interested in that crap, especially when you consider the parties that wanted an election (Liberals) got absolutely swashbuckled in the polls (much to the chagrin of the biased CBC), while those who didn’t (Conservatives) were upgraded from minority to majority.
What I don’t like is that a majority can easily defeat ideas from the opposition, no matter how good and productive they may be, simply based on party unity. But again, in an ideal government, everything that was promised will be delivered, egos are put aside, and everyone should be happy (of course, we know how often that happens).
I really didn’t mind the minority government we had, because of the potential it had for all parties to work together and come up with policies that were mutual across the board. Nothing could pass without everyone’s consent, and that boded well for Canadians. The majority vetoes that potential, but again, if everything works out, there won’t be anything to balk at it the first place (not likely, I know). But of course, the opposition was far more concerned with themselves than Canadians, and it didn’t work. So now, we have this.
At the end of it all, there’s no way all of us will agree on our country’s leadership; but instead of arguing with each other, if you don’t like something, argue with your local MP, instead of other Canadians who can’t change anything until next election. And if after that, you still can’t get your thoughts across, do the right thing and vote next election! Dialogue is great, and when you think about it, it may be as valuable as voting itself. Voting, protest, and support, are all freedoms and rights that our democracy grants us; don’t take them for granted!