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Canada’s Political Scene: Filled with Irony


Julian Wolfe
November 22nd, 2011


The state of our country and the state of our government can be described flawlessly with irony.

It is ironic how the Conservatives won the 2006 election by labeling the Liberals as corrupt and then have the nerve to take air rides and waste our money on a G20 summit – which was entirely for their own use and not for the public.

It is ironic how the Conservatives claim to be accountable while refusing to answer to Canadians and actively try to restrict democracy. Not to mention Harper’s egotistical attempt to name the Government of Canada after himself – as if he is the king or dictator of this country, its people and its affairs.

It is ironic how the Liberals were pinned as “tax and spend” during the last election while the Conservatives promised more financial restraint. As we speak, the Conservatives have upped government spending by 22% while the previous decade of Liberal governments cut spending. During the Mulroney Conservative government, the GST was introduced, the Liberals did not touch it and the governing Conservatives taxed income trust and taxed EI Premiums – effectively making hiring and retirement more expensive.

It is ironic how Stephen Harper once advocated democratic reform, and reduced government size and then slapped each and every one of us with the bill for his new senators, inflated cabinet, and inflating bureaucracy – not to mention all his bills for hospitality and the bill of the G20 summit alone. Is Canada really more democratic?

It is ironic how the Conservatives claim to be “tough on crime” while they have had 4 of their senior members how nearly faced jail time for election fraud.

It is ironic how the NDP (radical left) claimed to oppose the Conservatives (radical right) but not only took pride in working with them, but also squarely focused their attacks on the Liberals (relatively centrist) in the May 2011 election which gave the Conservatives a clear road to a majority government. (As seen in the picture)

It is ironic how the NDP have promised to fix Ottawa and then slapped every Canadian in the face with the most uncivil behavior seen yet.

It is ironic how the NDP claim that they aim to do the right thing when they tried to use the late Jack Layton’s death as a fundraising opportunity – which broke Election Canada rules. Layton died and they use his death as an opportunity to try to make money for the party? That is shallow, disrespectful and distasteful. They should be ashamed of themselves.

It is ironic how the NDP claim to be good for the economy when they have repeated time and time again that they would attack the very institutions that ensure that Canada’s economy doesn’t collapse. In comparison to the rest of the world, despite Harper’s mismanagement, no Canadian  bank has failed or required bailout. If Harper wouldn’t have made reckless decisions over the past 5 years, Canada may have been the country with the proud title of being the only country to not go into recession and not one with the biggest deficit in its history.

It is ironic how the NDP claim that a grand nationalization scheme will bring jobs and money back to Canadians. The reason for which the world entered globalization was to reduce the price of every item (including food) that you buy today and essentially make life more affordable. If the pair of pants that you were wearing today were made in Canada, they would cost several hundred dollars because let’s face it, who will pay a Canadian less than minimum wage to make them to be this cheap? And let’s face it, how will Canada’s existing payrolls make things more affordable? Increase the wages and you increase the price because everything is made in Canada.

It is ironic how the NDP say they support Canadians in this aspect while failing to realize the important repercussions of their reckless manners. While globalization has arguably gotten out of control and started to favor a small few, we must recognize that each and everyone of us would fall to the hands of poverty without it. It is ironic how something so radical that is suppose to help Canadians can be such a pitfall at the same time.

The negatives of our system are the result of mismanagement. It is the day when government took away its trust from Canadians and parents, became selfish, greedy and power hungry, decided to hold people to account instead of holding itself accountable to the people that our fine system had slowly started to dissipate.

We must also acknowledge that nothing in life is perfect. But in a system where everyone had their freedoms and had the opportunity to become what they wanted to become, you must admit that in comparison to everyone else, we have it pretty good. To live in a country where ethnicity is irrelevant and to live in a country where you are part of a family and not part of a militancy is something to honor.

Right now, Canada is being governed by the extreme right at the wheel and extreme left in the front passenger seat. With both arguing about each other’s driving skills and with both fighting for control of the wheel, the car, Canada, will crash. It is by far the worst thing that could have happened to Canada. Extremes are never good for a country, or in any part in life. It is and always have been the extremes that divide and damage  as they build their goals through beliefs and ideology and not facts and reason, as they divide instead of unite.

What has this political realm come to? It is sad folks.

To each of my loyal readers, I thank you for your support as I report and comment on things by the way I see them and not the way that monopolized media has. I doubt that any of the media stations you watch or listen to, or read, will ever have the guts to say what I have previously said. Honestly, this reflects how modern-day journalists have failed to question, criticize, and uncover the day’s  events. Whether it be due to government censorship, pure laziness, or political agenda, it is appalling that the questions that I raise are not raised by media itself. But, my fellow Canadians, this is the point of blogs and this blog in particular. This blog isn’t as much a news site as a place to start discussions and interpret the day’s political news and I invite you to stay tuned! The controversy starts here.

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