(n) denouement (the outcome of a complex sequence of events)
I don’t think I’ve been that excited about something I had pretty much no control over since Cory L. took us out to pull doughnuts on frozen sloughs one New Year’s Eve. Our frozen slough evening ended with nothing more than bruises, and I’m really hoping that’s going to be the result of this federal election as well. A lot of the folks I hear from on a regular basis are horrified, disgusted, chagrined, and, to be honest, scared shitless of what the Stephen Harper government is going to to do our country. I’m trying to be resolute about the whole, as my father would say, shivaree.
We survived the Brian Mulroney years. As my friend pointed out to me today, Brian Mulroney wasn’t a…how did she put it…oh yes.
Mulroney wasn’t a raving fundamentalist Christian.
I do not want my government basing their judgements on any religion. I really, really don’t. I don’t care if they ARE religious, as people. I don’t care what they believe in PERSONALLY (well. That’s not entirely true. I have railed against my own MP, who was, tragically, voted back in, and who believes a significant portion of the population of Canada are “homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails who spread diseases”. I *do* care what that guy believes in, because it’s hateful.). But my political leaders have to be willing and ABLE to set aside their personal beliefs about the metaphysical and just focus on running the country.
I don’t have faith, based on past records of Conservative leadership, that this government will be good for the economy. Neither do I have faith that they will be good for Canadian people. I think our quality of life will be worse in five years than it has been in the past five years.
So what’s the alternative to a government that doesn’t follow the laws of its own country and is found in contempt of Parliament? Well, even though the majority of Canadians didn’t vote for Harper *again*, at least there was a rise in voter turnout (GOOD FOR YOU, CANADA!). And my man, Smilin’ Jack stole the show, in my opinion, so that’s good. I think he’ll be a good Opposition leader. But the *alternative*? I could move, I guess. But that’s pretty drastic. And it wouldn’t solve the problem. I’ve never been much good at running away from things I don’t like.
I’ll continue to write letters to my arse of an MP, and he’ll continue to reply with crap copied-and-pasted from the CPC’s official campaign platforms. I’ll write to the shadow cabinet ministers. I’ll continue to be engaged and to ask questions and if I don’t like the answers, I’ll make a little list.