“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato
Canadian Politics 2019
This election feels very important to me, and so I’ve felt the need to write about it (even though I was supposed to be on a blogging break). I’m not wanting what’s happening in the United States and the United Kingdom right now to be happening here in Canada. There are certain patterns happening with this election that seem just a little bit too familiar for my comfort. Extreme conservatism is at the gate and just waiting for us to allow it in. Not only that, but Climate Change denial is still in full effect within the conservative party of Canada. With the world’s future at stake, each of these elections globally means more than ever before. Please think about your children and grandchildren’s futures this election day.
Let me list a few good reasons why I think every Canadian should be considering Liberal, NDP or Green this election day! Conservatives deserve a big old boycott for their current platform which is veiled bigotry, denial, and regression…
They Want to “Secure the Border”
Sound familiar? Apparently, there were about 10,000+ illegal border crossings between January to August of this year and over 14,000 at the same time last year (coming from the USA). Well, Andrew Scheer thinks Canadians need to get tough on securing our borders from those damn Americans. The bulk of these illegal immigrants are thought to be terrified refugees from the USA who are afraid of being deported or imprisoned.
When Andrew Scheer was asked about whether Conservatives would be open to the idea of building detention centers near the border to house immigrants in until they could be processed, he refused to answer on those possibilities. Experts say Scheer’s approach is doomed to fail but it makes for tough rhetoric in approaching the security of Canada. After all, it worked in the USA, so why wouldn’t the Conservatives try it here? Maybe he’ll want to build a wall.
The Climate Crisis
Andrew Scheer has been caught meeting with the CEOs of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) in order to strategize how they could defeat Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government. That is a huge red flag! They’d also discussed how to silence critics of pipeline projects and other destructive environmentally damning projects.
The National Observer did an analysis of how the Conservative party could single-handedly ruin Canada after the next election as well as expedite the destruction of our natural world if we were to allow them into office. There’s a link here detailing the analysis, and a quote, “Indeed, among the Tories’ key election planks is repealing the Liberals’ consumer carbon tax, rustling up as many pipelines to the oil sands as possible, removing the ban on oil tankers off the coast of B.C., repealing Bill C-69 (which limits how energy projects are approved) and getting rid of the Liberals’ new fuel standard.”
Environmental economist David Sawyer investigated the Conservative Climate Change plan and concluded the plan would “increase emissions by 9.1 Mt (Megatons) in 2022” (National Observor, 2019) We CANNOT afford to take any backward steps at this point in time with regard to climate change!
For all of you Canadians out there, please let your voices be heard this election day and vote anything but Conservative! We are playing with fire here and we are not so different from the USA, even if we hide behind a veil of some sort of progressive idealism. We are every bit at risk of the same sort of nonsense that is happening around the globe right here at home.
It’s also important to remember that the Conservatives have the support of the Catholic Church for the most part (at least the Evangelicals) because the church itself is complicit in wanting to hold power. If you haven’t read my article about “The Family” on Netflix you can read it here which details the corruption of certain heads of faith, and also, Conservatives will be employing social media propaganda again as they did in the USA which was detailed in my article about “The Great Hack” here. Scientists know best, not fossil fuel companies and deniers! Stay informed and do your best to keep others informed!