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Awake, oh Nation in Mourning

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I can ponder how we got here, but I know the answer. The vote was a reactionary one, to the unfortunate scandal of the liberals. Like the U.S. reaction to Clinton, now look what has become of them. It may be temporary, and we can try and console ourselves with the fact that it is a minority government and our Senate is still Liberal, but I fear that once a change, how slow and slight it may initally be, the change, itself, is bad, a wind of evil intent has just blown in with the cold. I feel the dark curtain, our nation, the envy of civilized nations, has put a man in power in reaction to another. To the core, Canadains still hold the same values of acceptance and social responsibility that we held yesterday, we still want to preserve our health care and advance higher education, be an open and accepting society that does not engage or participate in unprovoked attacks on other nations. We are peacekeepers, friends of the environment and foremost friends of the world. What will the winds of change bring, how calm or strong might they be?...wait and see. But not too complacent, hold these fools accountable. My voice will be heard. I will not sit and watch. You will be watched very closely by this young Canadian, Mr.Harper. Don't fuck up our country.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Add salt to my wound; just pour it on there; dump the whole box; I turn to CNN and "Canada goes Conservative" is splashed smugly acros their front page. Shut up CNN. Since when were you so interested in Canada? I am frozen in disbelief, anger, we are nowhere near you Bushie, don't get too excited. It won't last.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    I was worried that Harper would be a shoo-in. He freaks me out. He's got this android-vibe to him. I don't know anything about Canadian politics, but your election has been big news over here. Seems as if our government has found a new best friend. Harper and Bush could be square dancing partners. Or quilting bee buddies. Or lovers...whatever, they are like two peas in a big, creepy pod. All that scandal, all those bad smear ads. So much for many Americans' fantasies about escaping to the liberal North.

    Oh, I feel for you. I know what that feels like. It feels defeating, and you feel small and useless and helpless. How long are you stuck with this man?

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    ...but you've taken that helpless feeling and turned it into rightous fury!

    Take that Canadian Pride of your right to the top and be heard!

    (my last comment got sent by the cat's foot)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Oh we are still very much a liberal country; this election was in response to a fiscal scandal. We will get back to our roots again. We do not have terms like you do in the U.S. Pretty much anything can happen. I will do a Canadian politics 101 blog some time soon.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I thought about you when I turned on the news this morning :( Glad to see the fighting spirit though - go get 'em!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    This is not good..Not good at all :(

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    "Clone of Bush", I didn't waste my time looking at our one-sided news cast, I went straight to CBC. Then I saw that the castrophoe had taken place. In my heart I can hear the Canada's National Anthem playing .

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    Last line killed me! :)
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger lady miss marquise said:

    I'm feeling your pain... I found out yesterday that my mom, my mother, my own flesh and blood, is a bloodsucking Tory too.

    I knew my Dad was, and I'd come to terms with that, learnt to love him as he was. Tory or not.

    But my mother? Said she'd never vote for Paul Martin.

    *shakes head*

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I have already sent an e-mail to my Member of Parliament. Oh I do not sit idle, no not me uh uh...

    So what shall we do?

    I am ignoring the American media today because it is bullshit bushshit. The poor Liberal Canadian media is limping today, and I am so slumped over my computer that my back is aching. I am working on a presentation on an environmental topic that I am to give with an employee of Environment Canada; it will be interesting to see what kind of changes are going to be proposed in this sector.

    I am a fountain of it today.
    Don't fuck with me ;)

    Oh god. My in-laws are Tories and there will never be a damn thing I can do about that; they are ignorant. My parents are Liberals, thank god, and have aways respected my political views (even been influenced by them, I think).
    There is a quiet mourning in Atlantic Canada today. It is palpable. Thank you for your shared condolence.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    I had the same battle with my relatives, my Mother of all people, the most open-minded person in my world voted for republican twice! Now she cries to me that she's hurting in all venues.Her reasoning was "they didn't want to change horses in the middle of the stream". Our Senator and her aides know me by name, almost daily. I haven't let up on them since "he" got into office. My roommates worry that that I'm gonna bring the big boys to come knocking, I say don't be nuthin you shouldn't be doing, and bring 'em on, "Give me Liberty or give me Death" Patrick Henry.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Everyone who complains should take action. It's the only way to remove the silent inertia that allows for our respective governments to get away with being representative of the minority of our country's beliefs. I am thankful for being surrounded by like-minded and intelligent people.

  1. Blogger Aly said:

    I saw some of the headlines when I got up this morning. I just hope things don't go bad, I tend to be a bit disconnected from politics. Texas is like it's own country, people need a passport just to come here because everything is so different.

    But I hope you smile today.

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    cathy ... ok, I see what you were talking about ... well, i'm probably not the best person to comment on this since i left the usa in part because i got sick and "farking" tired of the right-wing politics of hate and fear and greed ... i just hope it isn't some kind of bird-flu thing that has now spread north to the land of the previosuly sane!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    "In my heart I can hear the Canada's National Anthem playing ".

    Instead of " Oh Canada" I'm hearing " Oye Canada! " sorry I couldn't resist.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    The last two lines were awesome!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I really enjoyed your speach! That's the spirit - you are the same people so it probably won't be such a big change. I think it's natural that people punish politicians and parties over things they disliked: it happens here all the time, that's way we keep changing from one side to the other and things are always the same. I'm hopeful that your country will keep the same values, no matter what side the government is in :) Good luck Canada (and Cathy)!

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Yikes, i hope things don't go pear shaped there. Funny, i'm wondering how he actually got in. I've read nothing but poor tings about this guy by Canadians.....who voted for him?

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Well it looks like my predictoions for 2006 are coming true, don't worry, yous guys are too nice for anything really bad.

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    I know little changes in a day. Its the long term your worried about.
    But Im British and I can honestly say that what you say is how I view Canada. Sure you cant group everyone together and say all Canadians act in this way but as a generalisation I think your right and I hop it remains.

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    Don't worry about Harper screwing up our country, Martin and his Liberals already did it.
    Oh yea, I didn't vote Conservative!

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