Unfortunately, slowly over time, Canadians have lost the ability or will to participate in how Canada operates. We have become spectators, unable to affect badly needed changes. Common sense is ignored, accountability rarely applied. When we try, we get either fobbed off with platitudes or stifled with an arrogant [we know better] bureaucracy.
In the “good old days” we could at least say Canada does not have corruption and be very proud of that fact. Now the truth seems to be surfacing to show that Canada has corruption at all levels. Politicians at all levels inclusive of the Senate, bureaucrats, civil servants, all wasting $$$, all treating tax-payers as an ATM machine.
Canadians used to be so proud of our police forces including the RCMP, and now unfortunately there are more and more examples of where the police have not acted “with honour”. Maybe it was always like this, that the media just ignored or covered up all the sins? Now for better or worse the various media can affect the change we need. They can and do publicise details that the average Canadian may not know or easily obtain. However us “ordinary people” must use that information to affect change.
We still have the power but have been lulled into complacency, we have forgotten how to use that power. Ask questions? Demand honest answers! Above all, hold people accountable for what they should have done. Together we have the ultimate power of the vote. Sadly when you talk to a lot of the younger Canadians, they do not bother to vote … why? “Because it is a waste of time, we cannot change anything”. Sad but true.
Ironically the First Nations protests … Idle No More has certainly caught the attention of governments and Canadians. Again ironically it showed that some of the $$$ spent on First Nations has certainly improved their education, organisational and communicative skills.
I am smiling a little at an image that comes to my mind … The Senior Rebellion of 2013! …
Swarms of seniors, some with walkers and wheelchairs protesting the increasing poverty in their ranks. Protesting the insults of ageism. Protesting the sad treatment of veterans.
Blocking roads, rail tracks and bridges, shutting down traffic and business flows. I have to wonder how the police would handle such protests, after all they did not enforce the court injunctions against Idle Nor More.
What if politicians had to sign a contract outlining what they would do … and resign if they didn’t.
What if the taxes we pay could be allocated to where we want the money to be spent. Like a certain charity which lists all the allocations, one can pick and choose … I love it! … Havoc in Government! … but our Havoc!!
I would like to see positive change, in a small way this blog could obtain some change … From and For Ordinary People.