By Nadim Fetaih | February 28 2012
I have long been a proponent for a revolution in Canada. I have written many blogs to try and inspire the Canadian people and have stuck with my belief that Canada has the potential to once again be a leading force in the world to inspire freedom and prosperity for people around the globe.
With recent events though, this belief has begun to chip away. My once strong resolve for hope has begun to decompose with the filth I have seen in not only the political spectrum, but the social spectrum as well. Within the past year alone we have seen so many repugnant acts by our political elite. Harper – our near dictatorial Prime Minister – has stepped his bounds far too many times. The most internationally known variation to popular Canadian sentiments has been to leave the Kyoto Protocol. This was not only a defeat to all who have been fighting the oil tar sands development, but also any Canadian who once believed we were leaders in the world. No, instead we boldly stated that we are nothing but puppets, selling our souls to international corporations at the expense of our health and environment. We have proved that we are no more than the side-kick to our neighbours to the south – that unless our master, the United States of America, go into an endeavor, we will not either.
Now, we are going into talks with Israel and the U.S. to go into another war, this time against Iran. Our soldiers have fought in two U.S. provoked wars; Afghanistan and Iraq. They have killed and been killed. They have shed blood and been part of inevitable horrible acts from the catalyst that is war. Yet, we are willing to follow the imperialist United States into another bloody war, and for what? Iran has no weapons of mass destruction. The only country which does in this war is the very country who we are siding with. But, still, we follow into another war – a war with a much deeper implication, a war which could lead to another world war if Russia and China side with Iran (as they seem to be doing).
These two alone, should be enough for mass protests, right? But wait, there is more.
Here in Canada, our “democratic” process is being questioned. Not only because of the inherent problems with having an un-proportional voting system, but rather because the “Harper Government” manipulated the voting system. The conservative party had hired a company to call registered voters. This on its own is not unusual, but the company would find out if the voter was going for our centrist, left-leaning, or conservative parties. If they were conservatives, they would be called in order to ensure they were voting, if not, then many people would be called to be given false information of where they needed to vote (calling it a change of venues). This nulled their vote as they would be sent to the wrong voting area for which they are registered in. Thousands of voters were called around our country – the most organized effort to obstruct “democracy” in our country since its conception.
Currently, many laws and decisions have been made without real public debate – completely negating the idea of our representative democracy. Some laws that are heading to our (primarily conservative) senate are the following:
- Bill C-10: This omni-bus crime bill will make mandatory minimum sentences the norm in our country. This has been widely accepted as not only a waste of tax payer money (considering we will have to build “super prisons” to house all the “criminals”) but also as a failed practice. It did not drop the crime rate. It only houses petty criminals in with dangerous ones, making sure to encourage further crime. It has also been denounced by the Texan governor – who has been telling our government that preventative measures and treatment of those “criminals” is far more effective in lowering crime as well as saving money.
- Bill C-30: This is the Canadian version of SOPA/PIPA with an added twist. It will give our police force the possibility to monitor our e-mails, web history, and private activity without warrants. It will allow the police to monitor our IP addresses and trace our activity to our locations.
- NDAA: the National Defense Authorization Act. This, many people will know, exists in the United States. What it does is allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens considered “terrorists” or threats to the system. But wait, our recent integration of “security” between the two countries now makes it possible for the U.S. to charge any Canadian as well (most notably seen with Mark Emery). This has especially been outlined with the “Beyond the Borders: Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness” act.
These three laws have either passed (see the NDAA), or will likely pass in the coming months (Bills C-10 and C-30). Our freedoms are slowly being taken away as a means of ensuring that any future attempts to revolt will be fought back with harsh measures from not only our government, but the U.S. government as well.
If that weren’t enough, we are currently awaiting our budgets to be shown for this fiscal year from our Federal and Provincial governments – much of this is being hidden from the people until they are put up (and with majority governments across the board, it will be unlikely that they will not be passed). These budgets are bringing with them austerity measures that will rock our country’s social foundation. Many are expecting billions of dollars to be taken away from our healthcare, our Old Age Pension, EI insurance and other social security nets we have been so used to. This has all been discussed as a means to “balance our debt”. But this is not truly the case. To add insult to injury, our Federal government will be spending hundreds of billions of dollars on fighter jets, battleships, super-prisons around the country and even a glass dome retrofitted to our Parliamentary building. All the while, economists around our country are warning of an impending second recession.
Our economy is stalling. Many people believe we will be the first country of the western countries to fall back into recession. There have been no jobs created, even though the “Harper Government” instilled the “Canadian Action Plan” which has done nothing but spend billions of dollars on an infrastructure that created no lasting change, nor any lasting jobs. Our economy is not growing (rather contracting) when considering our population growth and growing population. Finally, our economy is entirely based on our natural resources – considered the most volatile economy because it is entirely dependent on free-market based prices of these goods. These speculative prices can drop at any moment, crippling our economy. To top this all off, our economic dependence to the U.S. may just be the reason our recession drops to a depression.
With all that has transpired, with all the information out there about the degradation of our nation, the people have not stood up. Rather, they are just as lethargic as ever. Worse yet, they know the problems, they see the issues, and choose not to do anything about it.
This, readers, is worse than any governmental action. It is because of the people’s inability to say “NO” to our government that our government continues to destroy our freedoms. It is because of the inaction of fairly educated people that we will see the worst “Canada” ever seen.
So while our government allows outside military forces to arrest our people based on the broad term of “terrorist” it is us who are to blame for any person indefinitely detained without trial. While our government will go to war with yet another country, costing us billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives, it is us who have allowed these deaths to happen. While our government passes laws giving unprecedented powers to the police, it is us who gave up our rights, freedoms, and security. While our government (and multi-national corporations) leads us towards a likely second depression, taking away our social-security programs in the process, it is us who have given our social programs away and who blindly follow to economic doom.
I am sick and tired of people using scapegoats. It is not the immigration that is the problem. It is not the euro-crisis. It is not the criminals. And it is most definitely not the government. When looking for the problem in our country, why our future looks so bleak, why there are no jobs, why corporations are taking over, why police brutality is going up, why education is going down and why our healthcare system is ailing, you need only look in the mirror. If we all face this very simple fact, then maybe, maybe, we can stop our downward spiral. If we all accept that the onus is only on the people for not standing up for their rights, this spring/summer may just be our saving grace.
“You won’t recognize Canada when I get through with it” – P.M. Stephen Harper