I should stop watching polls because people are too fucking stupid to see what they are doing. A swing to the left in small numbers only guarantees a conservative victory. This because liberals will fade into the socialist camp leaving the Tories with no more poll numbers than they began with but now they are the largest party. Canadians! think for once in your bloody lives.

Governance

Eight Elements of Good Governance

  • Rule of Law. Good governance requires fair legal frameworks that are enforced by an impartial regulatory body, for the full protection of stakeholders.
  • Transparency. …
  • Responsiveness. …
  • Consensus Oriented. …
  • Equity and Inclusiveness. …
  • Effectiveness and Efficiency. …
  • Accountability. …
  • Participation.

Funny how none of these basic rules do not apply to American and Canadian societies.

Anything Other Than Vitriol

We or rather he speaks of fake news usually because he or we do not agree with it. However there is a kind of fake news, something we see a lot of at election time. It is frustrating to watch opposing factions, of all degrees, attacking an individual rather than an issue or policy that they stand for. All this proves is that each team has a host of researchers devoted to digging up shit and no politician with the balls to share anything other than vitriol.

Bent Into The Wind.

I am wondering if I. indeed we, were more gullible twenty/thirty years ago. Have I always been this mistrusting? Back then the argument from authority was so acceptable. But now I don’t believe anything on first contact, especially the most plausible. I would like to blame the Americans for everything but I know I cant. Their pervasive weapons of hatred must be a shared responsibility. To claim otherwise is to deny the need to correct. Is there any point in dreamers, like me, continuing to bend into the wind and struggling to be heard?

Flags

This is just a thought you may wish to peruse don’t take it to heart but why must we only fly the Canadian flag on Canada Day?

When I first came to Canada I used to think that every day in Ottawa was a holiday or something was being celebrated. Why…because of the profusion of flags flying wherever I looked. Where I come from flags are only flown on special occasions or when the Fascists march.

In my home country the closest equivalent we have to Canada day is the last night of the promenade concerts to which thousands attend from all over the world. It is a very patriotic event full of pomp and circumstance but every flag imaginable is being waved by concert goers both in the hall and those outside watching on the jumbo TV screens.

Once I had a conversation with two Americans during which they accused me and my newly adopted countrymen of being disrespectful of our flag. “We always lower our flag at night then raise it again at sunrise” he said with an air of admonishment. Aside from the fact that I hated the idea of getting up early just to raise a flag I saw no reason to treat any flag like a religious icon. Even so I could not let it go. In response I said “We don’t lower the Flag because unlike your flag ours is not afraid of the dark.”

A flag is just a flag, a rallying point or a means of saying “Look here I am celebrating with you!” but in the end, its just a flag.