Democracy – to elect people who have the power to deliberate and decide on legislation. Allow freedom of assembly, association and expression. Freedom of ideas. If there are different ideas, we can discuss, discuss and decide. I heard these words, almost literally, on a news channel. It was Justin Trudeau who spoke to the EU Parliament. I could not believe it! Here in Canada it’s just words. Trudeau has forced Jagmeet Singh to capitulate and allow his 25 NDP members to become liberal. A joint union that gives Trudeau his majority government what he yearned for when he called his pandemic elections. Trudeau said in the last election ‘the people have spoken’. Indeed, we have. Enough voters for the Liberals, enough elected MPs to make Trudeau a minority. Where legislation is up for discussion, with the approval of most parties. Not anymore. I am a conservative, with conservative ideas such as managing expenses and income streams; the budget will not manage itself, invest in business expansion and not increase tax rates. But for Trudeau, any ideas that don’t fall within his master plan are considered poisonous, and he must save us from ourselves. So we won’t have anything to say about it. What’s coming? Infinite expenditure, unstoppable inflation, increase in CO2 and other taxes. Pass all the legislation they want. Do you remember Bill C-10, who controls Internet content? Taxing your homes? I didn’t realize that these would be the “sunny roads” we were all promised.
(With so many failures, we are still scratching our heads at the support Trudeau has. He presided over an “awakened” government far more interested in photo ops than real economic policy for Canadians)
SOMETHING TO MUSE ABOUT
Jim Hunt, deceased Toronto sun writer, who always liked to start a column with the word ‘something to muse about’. I think Jim would have loved this ‘muse’. A letter to the editor was written on April 2, stating the author’s disgust at the Peel District School Board’s decision to remove Sir John A. Macdonald from a school’s name (“John down”). Sir J, he believes, was the father of the Confederacy. But if the writer read in “Today in History” in the same newspaper: “In 1873, the government of Sir John A. Macdonald was accused of taking bribes worth $350,000 from Montreal entrepreneur Sir Hugh Allan for the contract to build the transcontinental railroad. The Pacific Scandal would force Macdonald to resign in October of that year.” Also, the editor’s response at the end of the letter: “It was a short-sighted and pathetic decision. Shameful. Wouldn’t it be better to educate about our history and put the roles of different leaders in context?” That said, if everything was known about Macdonald, do you think his name would even be suggested for a school name? You could say he could be called the Father of the Confederacy, but I think a better title” Father of the Political Corruption of the Confederacy.” I think “we” would agree, “we” wouldn’t. Something to think about. Thanks, Jim Hunt, for the good memories.
Ron St. Louis
(But erasing his name from the building, or knocking down his statues won’t do anything)