Trying to fix corruption is hard enough, but when your leader can do whatever he wants for five years and only was elected by a small fraction of a nations citizens… it makes people want to lash out. That’s where our story begins.
First a bit of background: If you follow international politics you may know that Canada just held election 41 (I have a post in the queue about it), where an amazing set of events happened to allow one of the two major parties to lose most of their seats, and the other party to become a majority. The problem is that (according to Environics Research for the Council of Canadians) 62% of Canadians have been asking for proportional representation. Had we had a PR system the odds are slim that the conservatives would have a majority (depending on the system used).
So today a senate page, Brigette DePape, decided to take it upon herself to tell Canada that it needs to stop Steven Harper (who hates the Internet). Of course, good on her for doing this… she is a fighter and this is the kind of stuff I was talking about before. In our war against those who oppress us, its important that we take risks and stand up for what we believe in. Brigette lost her job and she put herself at risk legally through any sort of “secret laws” that apparently can be passed. Luckily she didn’t live in the United States or they may have sent her away to GitMo for the rest of her life without any form of trial for being a terrorist.
“Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” DePape said in the release. “We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations.”
DePape, we all know that Harper will never do these things. He likes the idea of Americanization for Canada too much, such as allowing them to manage our boarders. Oil is of course big for Harper, he gets elected in Alberta, green jobs mean less oil jobs in Alberta and those Albertans love their oil. We will be lucky if we even get proportional representation by the next election, let alone a “Green Future”. I will close with a great quote that I think fits Miss DePape wonderfully:
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” –Laurel Thatcher Ulrich