When Watching the House of Parliment Vote on TV….
At first your like:
Then your like “I’ll just enjoy the music”:
Then they ring the bell and the MPs are like:
Then you’re like:
Canada, I Am Disappoint
I used to be one of those patriotic Canadians who used to always boast “Yeah! Look at our glorious healthcare! We’re peace keepers! Yeah! America (pronounced A-mur-ee-ca) got nothing on us!”.
….I don’t feel that way anymore
Don’t get me wrong; Canada’s health care system is amazing, neither of my parents would be alive without it and I thank the great unicorn in the sky everyday for it. No one is putting a gun to my head and no one is taking away all of the little things I take for granted. No one is keeping me from doing anything or forcing me to do anything I don’t want to do. For that matter, here in Canada I don’t think we know how amazing our standard of living is. Canada is very much a free country; no argument there.
In recent months I can’t help but wonder how democratic is our democracy? While nobody is threatening to take away the Canadians right to vote (I’m 17 so one more year), and the government isn’t censoring the media, in the past few months, it seems like the way Harper is running his cabinet has been not autocratic so to speak, but less then democratic.
Now you may think I’m going a little bit far saying that, but I can give you several examples of how I got to this conclusion.
For one, despite out right opposition from environmental groups and Canadian citizens, Peter Kent the Environment Minister of Harper’s Government withdrew Canada from the Kyoto Protocol. Canadian MPs in opposition to the decision were not allowed to the attend the conference. The Keystone Pipeline and Ontario’s MegaQuary was met with the same opposition as withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol was…Hasn’t stopped Harper from doing it.
Kent says that the Kyoto standards were unrealistic for Canada. He blames the Liberal government for signing the Kyoto Protocol in the first place; conveniently forgetting to mention the programs that the Liberals had put in place to meet these goals…which have been cut by the Conservative upon their election in 2006.
Ohhhhh, and we wonder why Justin Trudeau was so angry!
Still not convinced?
Recently Green Party MP, Elizabeth May pointed out during Question Period:
“Mr. Speaker, from 1913 to 1956, a period of over 40 years, time limits on debates were used 10 times. In the last 40 days, it has been used 7 times, making a new historical record.
What used to be the exception to the rule appears to now be the rule.”
This was met with heckling from the conservative party. Why? I have no idea why, parliamentary debates these days seem to be less of debates and more of Conservatives yelling.
I understand how important Harper believes the economy is, but as a Canadian I don’t feel like the government that represents my believes. Isn’t a government that represents the beliefs of the people and open debate what democracy is about?
But then again; what do I know. I can’t even vote.
Read About Elizabeth May: