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Letter to Justin

I voted for you; recent decisions and blatant inaction has made me, deeply, regret my decision. Okay, granted – there weren’t any acceptable options at the time and your speech writers, definitely, struck a chord but you are proving the adage, “Talk is cheap.”

I understand budgets and I know that money is allotted to various departments. I understand that if that money is not utilized, the following year, those budgets get cut. This is not license for fiscal irresponsibility. After years of Harper, social spending should have been one of the priorities – NATIONAL social spending. While I support the Clinton Foundation and its numerous good works; the world can wait while your government puts our own house in order.

The decision, by the courts, to award Khadr 10 million Canadian tax dollars is beyond absurd. Is this a pay off for information? Is it a pay off for some sort of silence? While his rights were violated; it was not by the Canadian people, yet it is us that are footing this bill, created by the Canadian Human Rights Commission – in this case, a title best described as an oxymoron. If financial compensation was to be awarded; why was it not compensation, in Khadr’s name to Amnesty International or some other global Human Rights organization? An apology on behalf of the government is fine.

There are too many victims of human rights abuse in Canada to have a man, who was involved in a war action, to be handed over my money for behaviour directed against the West and as Canada is in the West – against Canadians. He has been granted the privilege of the chance for a new life; that is compensation enough.

How many indigenous communities could have been helped with that 10 million dollars? How many veterans who fought for our beliefs could have benefited from this kind of windfall?

Sunny Ways, Mr. Trudeau? No. These are not sunny ways for Canadians. We struggle, daily, to maintain our standards of living and you? You aid in the process of throwing our tax dollars away. Your “sunny ways” are a sham; behind your picture of sun and happy times, the truth will, eventually, rip through. For all Harper’s cold-hearted cuts to social networks, for all his protection of corporate Canada, you and your government are not better, perhaps worse.

Your government’s donation to the Clinton Foundation is a glaring example of your disconnect with this country. While the Foundation provides opportunities for education in foreign lands, we have communities in your own country that need those opportunities. While the Clinton Foundation helps to provide support for women in the world; there are women in your own country that need those opportunities. Support for artisans in foreign lands – your own country has artisans that need support to help their own communities thrive.

When an indigenous child dies because there is no access to an ambulance, or sickens because of a lack of access to clean water, safe living quarters and over 10 million dollars is shoveled over to a soldier of an enemy?  $10.39 for 4 litres of milk in Nunavut?  And you give an enemy operative 10 million dollars?  How about using Khadr’s name on a Hercules, sent up north with food – create a government store and render the parasites at Northern Stores impotent.  Look after your own people first.

milk in Nunavut

When a veteran must struggle to make ends meet, when a veteran cannot afford food and proper housing? You have failed. Your sun has set and the dark clouds are moving in.

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Are you that blind? Are your handlers that successful in insulating you from Canadian reality?

You are failing Canada, you are failing your constituents – you are failing Canadians and in a very negative but spectacular fashion.  You make me ashamed.

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Label This, Asshole.

Sighh…okay, so – I feel the need to put a few actual facts out there as opposed to the “so-called” or “alternative” variety.

 

  1. I am not a Liberal, regardless of what some may like to believe.
  2. I am not a Conservative, regardless of what some may like to believe.
  3. I think Trump is a lying pile of human effluent.
  4. I am anti-racist. Not just anti-white racist; anti-religious racism, anti-any colour racism.
  5. I am not a feminist.
  6. I am Pro-choice on all issues.
  7. I am an equalist. I believe in equality for everyone, race – creed – colour – gender – religion.
  8. I believe politics and religion, like farts, are best kept hidden and out of the workplace or classroom (except the obvious exclusions, before some nitpicking asshole feels clever by saying “WHAT ABOUT POLITICAL SCIENCE?!”) People in the possession of common sense would get that right away…
  9. I think Justin needs to walk away from the spotlight long enough to fulfil a few of his campaign promises and allow his cell phone battery to recharge from Selfie and Twitter feeds.
  10. I believe in allowing current immigrants and refugees the same opportunities given to my ancestors.
  11. I believe our criminal code needs to have its rotting teeth pulled and some new chompers put in.
  12. I believe lying and crooked politicians need to be imprisoned and special lengthy sentencing is needed. No parole.
  13. I believe in gun licensing – not outlawing guns but licensing owners, requiring background checks every 2 years.
  14. I believe Putin is a psychopath.
  15. I believe in workfare. No one should be paid to sit at home, unless there are EXTENUATING circumstances involving illness.
  16. I believe that if a corporate entity is making money in a sovereign nation then all business dealings must remain within that nation – no more outsourcing jobs.
  17. I believe drugs – all drugs should be legalized and regulated.
  18. I believe prostitution should be legalized and regulated.
  19. I believe in freedom of speech – regardless of how hateful it may be. Better to keep poison in the light than allow it to rest in the darkness, putrefying.
  20. I believe that the purveyors of fake news should be called out and prosecuted. Fake news is not freedom of speech. Lying is not freedom of speech. Inciting hatred through fake news is not freedom of speech.
  21. I believe that news is only news when supported by facts – actual facts. Provable facts. Recorded facts.
  22. I believe I will go get a cup of coffee now.

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Bad Week

Sith LordsIt has been a rough week, all the way around. A daughter lost her mother, a mother lost a daughter, a brother lost a sister and I’ve lost a good friend. She passed away on Monday. Sudden and unexpected. It is hardest on the younger staff members of my office because the cold hard fact is that when you hit a certain age, death has introduced itself, it forces you to find a way to deal and maintain. I have to admit that my Pagan belief system serves me well in times like this; while I have eschewed most of dogma and whatnot, there is a certain amount of common sense approaches that I’ve retained as useful. The philosophy toward death is one of them. It will happen to everyone; it is the eternal cycle of life. I grieve but the grief is limited to my understanding and acceptance that the emotion is, basically, selfish. In essence, we grieve what WE have lost, what WE will miss, as individuals.

My friend was spiritual but not religious. I just have this feeling that this is a whole new adventure for her. I am happy that she will not have the incredible burdens of worry anymore. And a part of me does believe that I may well see her on the other side. This may be a coping mechanism, I am aware of that but as no one has, of yet, been able to prove unequivocally that we cease to exist, absolutely, I will retain that bit of comfort.

Lyne and I are/were the same age. We shared a lot of the same experiences, opinions and knowledge. We have been there, done that. It was good. Conversations in the kitchen, away from prying eyes and listening ears. Honesty, in a workplace, is a hard thing to find. We found it. A couple of middle aged broads sharing. I am going to miss that. She was more sensitive than am I. She was hurt easily. I like to think that our conversations eased that hurt a bit. Put things in perspective. Again, this may stem from the selfish nature of grief but hey, it’s my psyche.

Politics drove me mad this week as well; Quebec is a lot of things…boring is not one of those things. A 15 year old girl, strip searched by a principal (female) and a teacher (also female) and for what? They suspected her of holding pot. POT!! Not crack, not acid, not X…weed. In living rooms and bedrooms all around this big world, Moms and Dads are having a toke after a long day. Colorado and Washington have legalized the stuff. It is for sale in Holland, in stores! And this girl is strip searched, without her parents present nor were they called – no cops…just two morons who felt they were above the law or above the Canadian Charter of Rights.

There would have been no sanctuary for any school employee who attempted to strip search one of my kids. The apocalypse would have seemed like a Disney World vacation in comparison to my reaction. To compound the issue, the Minister of Education, Yves Bolduc, came out and said that there was nothing wrong with it…as long as it was done in a respectful manner. The mind just boggles and hurts a whole bunch. The parents are going to sue. I hope they do and I really do believe criminal charges should be laid. Abuse of authority. Fire their butts. Nobody that stupid should be in charge of educating children.

Then the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau broke the straw on my back. They welcomed two despicable human beings into the party. Prior to this, I was none too happy with the Liberals but I figured, I would give them a chance to prove themselves worthy of a vote. Disappointment. So I wrote my local MNA and advised him that I was cancelling my membership. Francis Scarpaleggia. As with other e-mails – I’ve written to this man – no response. Then I wrote the Liberal Party and requested my membership be cancelled and all donations were to cease. No response.

So now I have to contact my financial institution, at my cost, to cancel any further withdrawals to the Liberal Party. It isn’t much; $10.00 a month but the Liberals do not deserve my hard earned money, regardless of the amount.
Looks like I am left with no choice this election – I will have to go Conservative. I don’t like Harper but he is the lesser of a whack of evils. It won’t make much of a difference; I live in a community of sheep – they always vote for Scarpaleggia. As the sun rises…so does Lac St. Louis vote Liberal. The party could parachute Eve Adams in here and she’d win…it is rather sad, actually.

Worries about Ukraine; Putin terrifies me. He is a psychotic despot, disguised as a legitimate leader. He was raised on Stalinist propaganda and seems to apply the same theories and practices. He should terrify the world. A 3rd World War will not begin because of the Middle East; it will again, be ignited in Europe. And I have no doubt, the designer will be Putin.  I wouldn’t be surprised, in the least, to learn he was Stalin’s lovechild…the man is insane.

A tiny human being lost his life due to our Canadian weather; he managed to get out of an apartment, at 4:00 am and wander outside, in nothing more than a shirt, diaper and boots.  He froze to death.  There is no fault to be assigned, although the armchair critics are all over this one.  It is a tragedy, plain and simple.  3 year old children are very resourceful. I’ve raised 3 of them, myself and I was one, once.  My mother caught me sitting on top of a fridge.  To the day she died, she had no idea how I managed this.  Perhaps it is a false memory but I remember climbing on the handles of drawers to the counter and then hitching a step up on a kitchen shelf.  3 year olds are little human beings, with minds, and the ability to figure out problems.  This could have been anyone’s child.

It has not been a stellar week.

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Rock and a Hard Place

Eve AdamsTalking politics this morning; it is an election year in Canada and I find myself stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I had tooled around with the idea of voting Liberal; I was hoping Justin Trudeau would be as great a statesman as was his father.  Nope.

There has been less than nothing from the Liberal camp leader addressing hard issues that face the Canadian government currently.  Not a peep out of him during the Paris massacre.  Nothing on Ukraine, a very real issue to Canadians from Ukraine and those with Ukrainian heritage.  There are a lot of us.  The situation with Aboriginal Canadians – nada.   Those are, basically, social issues, there is even less forthcoming when it comes to economics and how he plans to lead Canada forward.

All of the above concerned me.  Justin had disappeared from the news; nothing was said that would lead me, a voter, to believe the Liberals were prepared to actually lead the country.

Then they accepted Eve Adams.  Justin called her strong.  No, she’s egotistical and seems to be slightly sociopathic.  Strong is definitely not a word that should be used in the same sentence with the woman.  She doesn’t get her own way, she throws a tantrum.

She crossed the floor and joined the Liberals, with her fiancé in tow, Dimitri Soudas.  A man who then turned around with a smirk and inferred he would be tattling to the Liberals, what he knew of the Conservatives.  This is not someone I would want in my government.  This speaks of a monumental lack of ethics, morals and integrity.

This acceptance of a woman who abuses a gas station owner over a $6.00 car wash was the final straw.  The Liberals are showing a gross lack of judgment; mute on important issues impacting Canadians but grabbing a few headlines created by people who are actually aware of serious questions that need to be addressed.  Ripping off the inquiring minds of others.  Not acceptable.  This Eve Adams affair has sunk the Liberals for me.  Any party that can exhibit such a monumental disconnect from Canadians, any party that would accept someone with this kind of lack of conscience or integrity has no business telling Canadians what is right or good for them.  They have lost my support.  x

Then there is the NDP.  I don’t like Mulcair.  I don’t trust Mulcair; he seems very adept at finding ways to spend my tax dollars and that includes the current satellite office scandals.  Loves the camera , does Mulcair; loves to find ways to spend my tax dollars.  Not so great with the whole fiscal responsibility thing.  The NDP was never a party that had a chance with me.  They are steeped in a 70’s mentality and balancing a budget is not within their capabilities.  I believe they, with their social programs would run this country into the ground, economically.

Then there are the Conservatives.  I have to hand it to them; they did keep our collective heads above water or at least, allowed us to grab air once in a while, during the recent financial bottoming out of the world’s economy.  I must admit to a certain prejudice; I do not trust leaders with religion.  He is or appears to be a right wing Christian.  These people scare me.  I doubt the logical mind of individuals who believe in the god myth.   I worry that Harper will attempt to remove the choice of Canadians in the areas of right to choice in healthcare – primarily abortion and right to die.  His government’s treatment of Canadian veterans can actually nauseate me.  It is sickening.  Appalling.  His refusal to open up an inquiry into Native Affairs – the treatment of aboriginals under the current British/North America Act, his refusal to address the issues of the death and disappearance of Native women (Although, I believe any inquiry should also look at root cause – why are these women leaving their communities, why is there such a huge drug and alcohol problem in some communities but not in others?  Where is the money going – where is the responsible accounting of funds?)  I believe the Conservatives are in the back pocket of oil and mining companies.  I believe that they have no regard for the health and safety of Canadians.  Money is the only language they seem to understand.

I am at a loss; who wins my vote?  If an election were held tomorrow, I believe it would be a case of holding my nose, closing my eyes and checking off a mystery box because none of them represent my views, as a Canadian.

 

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