What can I say? Shouldn’t this be a major local political issue? I’d like to see an election where at least one party had a sustainable tram-development plan, especially one financed by the city directly, so we’re not sitting around playing with ourselves while we wait for federal or provincial grants. What do you think of the state of our public transit system?
Canada is not a nation. We are a collective of nations. We have no Nationalism â€“ and why would we? Destroying the greatest evil Nationalism ever created propelled us from Imperial Backwater to World Power in six years. Nationalism was the 19th centuryâ€™s mistake, and we were justified in turning our backs on it. We did this years ago. We made ourselves post-national and post-modern back in the 1960s. The good work done then lasted us well into the first part of the last decade; no matter Stephen Harper tells you or makes you think, the Canada you live in is an inherently progressive country. Our laws, enshrined in our Constitution and Charter, make us a leading liberal social-democratic nation. And it was no accident.
Iâ€™m not going to whitewash things. Weâ€™re not perfect. But we have relatable foundation documents. We have modern foundation documents. No â€œTea Party Northâ€ will re-interpret our Charter â€“ itâ€™s meaning and intent is clear, and it, like our Constitution and the thirty yearsâ€™ worth of legal proceedings since its repatriation, remain clear, progressive, inherently liberal. Despite some stand-out historical abuses of power which have marred our countryâ€™s reputation, we have managed to create a unique and exceptionally powerful example of a liberal democracy with a social-justice bent.
And as we hit the mid-point of 2011, with news-reports coming in at an increasing rate of police abuses and contested civil rights from all corners of the decadent West, we must ask ourselves just how separate we really want to be. Because, when the state turns fascistic â€“ even if only by a small degree â€“ it is the collective sovereignty of the people that is fundamentally threatened. And the response can never hope of succeeding if it is divided.