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Thursday, June 19, 2008

It's a matter of confidence, really.

"I am supporting those amendments, the party supports those amendments," said Liberal critic Denis Coderre. "I don't have any problem, personally, to have an election on culture and what kind of Canada you want to live in."

And it is with those words that the Liberal party seems to have finally found their balls (ahem, so to speak).

I like to think of myself as pretty 'party neutral', I try to hold all politicans - regardless of what banner they fly - accountable for the snail trail they leave in their wake. Unfortunately it seems like the Conservative Party, as of late, has been acting a tad too big for their britches.

And it was killing me (and a good number of Canadians) that they seemed to be getting away with it.

After the stink of Bill C-10 came bubbling up to the surface - nearly wiping out the Canadian TV and Film industry as we know it while rewarding Americans who would cross the border to work here on the cheap - a good number of people have turned their attention toward our Parliament.

The extra pairs of eyes have managed to find a few more rats peeking out from the murky little ecosystem they've managed to start for themselves up there - and with more flashlights and pitchforks joining the fray it would seem like the Liberal party is finally stepping up.

'Bout damn time.

Now I know a politician's job is to represent his or her consitituents - in theory, their own personal feelings are not supposed to play a part in this sort of thing, they're there to do the bidding of those who elected them. Of course, that's not how it often works out. The other half of the deal is that the politician is supposed to report back to their constituents about things that are going to effect them.

Apparently the idea of what 'effects' people is quite open to interpretation.

Censoring the Canadian voice to allow for American interests to benefit? Well, I would think that's somehow 'tell-worthy'. And yet it's been awfully quiet up on the hill - haven't heard anything from my MP or MPP in a while, about anything, really. Guess it's not election time yet...

As an outsider to the process, having the guts of it exposed like it's been - seeing the clockwork laid bare - I'm really getting an appreciation for how much of a game it really is. Like the political version of 'Operation' our government works their agenda from behind the scenes, trying to slip in as many changes as they can without 'Touching the sides'.

Now I'm not so naive as to think this isn't how things get done in this country, but to see it so blatant and so brazen - to see a Government caught red-handed and then to try and use polling numbers to get their opponents to back down and let the changes through anyway... it just blows my mind.

The scariest part is that it seemed to work for quite a good chunk of time - the Conservative government attempting to turn Bill C-10 into a confidence vote so that if it failed Parliament would fold and the Liberals (not doing too well in the polls) would have another, much bigger, fight on their hands.

Oh how I shook my head as I watched Mr. Dion's crew quiver in their seats. So powerless to do anything to stop it. And whatever could they do? Certainly they didn't want to risk the Conservatives winning a Majority. So of course, when in doubt, do nothing.

It's one thing when you watch a Majority Government change your country on a whim it's another when you watch a Minority Government bend your country over a table - in broad daylight - with barely a mutter of dissent.

Okay, maybe there was dissent inside the walls but if there was, I certainly didn't hear much of it out here. Where'd all that passion go that was so flamboyantly on display when it was time for us to cast our votes?

And where were the Bloc or the NDP? One would think Jack Layton, former poster-boy for 'new politics' in Canada, would've been raising a shitstorm of his own but again, I heard whispers at best.

Only now, as Canadians mobilize themselves, as they inform themselves, as they fight to get involved, do the politicians stand up with the fire and brimstone to champion 'our culture' and 'our way of life'. We shouldn't HAVE to be learning about these scandals from the newspapers, our own politicians should be policing themselves - warning us ahead of time of what's coming down the pipe. How is it that a reporter at the Globe and Mail knew more about an upcoming bill (in this case C-61) than our own politicians?

Well, hey, at least it's happening. I guess I should be thankful for that.

Now, since you're up, would you please do something about Bill C-61 (that ridiculous Canadian knock off of the DMCA), Canadian Net Neutrality and Bill C-51?

That last one's a bit of a pet project of mine that makes the implications of Bill C-10 look like a fart in the wind in comparision. The ramifications of this bill being passed would effect almost every single Canadian life in a big way.

Imagine a law that would allow search and seizures without warrants (or evidence!!) and allow for fines of up to $5 million if you're caught growing, sharing or preserving an 'unregistered health product'.

For the record, 'unregistered health product' equals dangerous things like: Garlic and Vitamins. Basically anything of the 'heal thyself' variety that's cheap and therefore in competition with Big Pharma. (oh yes, there's always another battle, sad as that is to say).

Read more on the bill (and how it will effect you) here: http://www.stopc51.com/

Read a pretty scathing legal review of C-51 (written by Shawn Buckley, President of the NHPPA - Natural Health Products Protection Association) here: http://www.stopc51.com/c51/legal_review.pdf

Join the Facebook group! (over 33,000 strong) here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12580615687

Oh, and take a look at the following video as Assistant Deputy Minister Meena Ballantyne is caught on camera recruiting in universities for Bill C-51 - a full month before the Bill is even tabled! She lets slip some interesting details on what our government has planned...


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