Necessary Activism

Despite election fatigue and a plethora of reasons to feel discouraged and disillusioned, Canadians must forage ahead to make real change a reality post Election 2015. Despite a full eleven weeks of campaigning, Canadians were offered few solutions to the mess created over the course of the past decade, and little reason to expect substantive policy changes from the 42nd parliament. As of October 20, 2015, Canadians are still lost. Most are aware that, as a nation, we are attempting to navigate a course for national health — our economic and environmental wellbeing —  with a GPS  navigation system that is little more than an uncalibrated, dysfunctional, tool.

Canada’s leadership compass will not fix itself. Our political party system was built for Canada, by ordinary Canadians, to serve ordinary Canadians. It is Canadians who must fix the problem. There is no magic bullet. There is certainly no magical parliamentary configuration that will ensure the quality governance Canadians deserve.

Canada has lost its way. Canada is not a country made up of two founding Nations (English and French). Canada is a territory made up of many Indigenous Nations upon whose original sovereignty the state of Canada is entirely dependent. But equally as important is the fact that this territory is an eco-system upon which all human, animal, and plant life depends. Climate change, brought about by human activity concentrated in industrialized countries like Canada, represents the single greatest threat to both Canada and the planet. Our collective futures depend on how our leaders address this global crisis, yet Canadians have been distracted by a great deal of propaganda and misinformation making them believe all is well. The result has been a clear path for corporate-sponsored political parties and politicians to pursue their aggressive wealth accumulation agenda, which has benefitted primarily politicians and corporations at the expense of our future. Source: Canada Is in a Crisis of Epic Proportions | Opinion | teleSUR English

The Economic Growth Mantra

In most of the western world, the great rallying cry has involved ‘economic growth’, but the subtext makes clear that the economic growth benefits the few — less than 10% of the women, children, and men on planet Earth. The economic growth engine most certainly does not benefit the planet itself. As the economic growth mantra does not serve the planet or its inhabitants, it certainly not serve Canada as an important global microclimate.

Canadians have been educated to believe that their civic duty lies entirely in voting. In fact, voting is the very least effort a citizen can make. A democratic government is supposed to be a government of the people. It’s time the people took their power back and fixed Canada.	The most important date in Canada’s future is not Oct. 19, but October 20 and the days that follow. teleSUR

Political Parties do not define or sustain Democracy

Fixing what ails Canada will be no small task. Many of our woes are inextricably linked to woes common to other nations around the globe, and to our the globe itself. Essentially, we can only fix, protect, and then strengthen our democracy if we work cooperatively to fix, protect and strengthen democracies the world over. For this reason, Canadians cannot stand back and wait for our elected representatives to tell us whether or not treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) are a good thing for Canadians. Waiting for the sound bites announcements when it comes to the TPP is the equivalent to personal and national suicide. Sound bites and headlines are spun metaphorical rhetoric designed to mislead and maintain public passivity and/or apathy. We must all harness the power of the internet, while we still have a strong internet, and look to what the citizens of partnering nations — and nations not partnering — in the TPP have to say about an agreement that affects a minimum of 40% of the world’s economies and markets.  Get informed, and stay informed, for yourself and for your family, and take action where appropriate.

The battle’s ground zero, as always, is found by following the money trail. Step one involves cutting the flow of money from corporations to the political party engines that no longer serve democracy. Political Parties have over time, become self-serving corporate entities. They no longer serve the grassroots associations that built them. You and I are no longer part of the equations that sustain their day to day operations. It is pretty basic and simple common sense to put together the looped path of  Wealth 1% $$ > Corporate > Political Parties > Government > Political Parties > Corporate > Wealthy 1% $$. This perpetual loop is one we have been living with for decades. This self-sustaining, self-strengthening loop is getting stronger and stronger with each round of parliamentary legislation, and the collective voices of ordinary citizens are being systematically silenced.

Notable parliamentary business requiring public input and oversight

Bill C-51 that puts all our future human and digital rights at risk, is an abomination. Seeing it repealed would be marvelous, but whether it is repealed or not, a similar Bill will be drafted and ultimately made into law.  Public oversight and input will be critical.

The aforementioned TPP agreement and other so-called ‘trade pacts’ are also serious matters that are best viewed with a cynical rather than pragmatic eye. Make no mistake, every effort will be made to keep the most significant details of these agreements all but invisible — but certainly well out of the public eye.

Bill C-24 has turned Canadian citizenship into a tiered system that puts the vast majority of Canadians at some level of risk. As with Bill C-51, the vague language used opens the door to interpretation beyond the original rationale used to legislate this bill into law.

The list of bad bills, and bad legislation in general that will require attention and action is daunting and far too extensive to list in one blog post. The list of what was done and must be undone is equally extensive. Perhaps worse, the list of what was left undone and must be done for Canada and Canadians to flourish in this 21 Century encompasses every federal government department, and has crippled provinces, territories, and municipalities.

Moving forward, traditional political party loyalties must be forgotten. As Canadians we must learn to work with, and hold accountable, each and every Member of Parliament that holds a seat in the 42nd Parliament. We must do so as individual conscientious members of a civic social order. We must, where possible, join with like-minded voices in the form of local, regional, national, and international, organizations or associations already in place.  These are already, and have always been, working hard to take back our democracy. We must work together.

Common Ground. The path less traveled.

Taking back our democracy involves a holistic approach. It involves the critically important environmental issues facing our nation and the world. It involves the re-claiming of human and labour rights won long ago that have been in recent years, decimated beyond recognition. It involves stopping the systematic takeover of democracy by ethics-void corporate  interests. We must look beyond our personal niche special interests to establish goals for the common good. Tech sector must work with agricultural communities. The manufacturing sector must work with the environmental sector. Cities must work with remote rural communities. We must all work together to find common ground. It is only by finding and building on common ground that we can effect change.

Above all, change must happen. How can you make a difference? Will you accept the call to action?