What the hell is going on in our country tonight? So incredibly confusing, so little time to react. Not to sound too conspiracy theory, but this is exactly what Naomi Klein talks about in her new book – extreme events (political, environmental) and the vulnerability of countries to undergo massive political/economic choices for the lucrative benefit of a very small group of people.
Who knows if Harper was acting like a baby and arrogantly hiding his crucially needed (yet reportedly insufficient) economic plans until February, especially in a concerning time. Or maybe it was three other babies that tried to push a constitutional loophole and get their time in the sun for the next few years. And do this in a way that feels so coup-like and undemocratic. Their arguments sound convincing for a few moments, but it still supercedes our democratic process. It is technically constitutional but I keep hearing this is a major gray area in the constitution. We also live in an archaic democratic structure, so perhaps we should work on electoral or constitutional reform before we stage an uprising two months after an election. Right?
Wasn’t our GDP up by 0.3% this past month? Are we being lied to when we’re told we’re in good shape amongst the G8? The US’ downturn should obviously be the canary for Canada, but wouldn’t this situation be greatly improved if action was forced on the Conservatives? Are they that impenetrable? They reinstated public funding for the parties and upped the budget date by a bit?
Already over 3000 comments on one CBC article, that’s not too bad given our dismal voter turnout. Not to mention a major drop in the TSX and another $300 million with likely election #2?
This will be an interesting week, hope you’re ready guvnah.