This talk Mel Hurtig made at the U of T bookstore in 2008 about his book
“The Truth About Canada” is still every bit as timely as it was then. If anything it is more important for Canadians to watch this TVO video today:
For instance, long before it came up, Mr. Hurtig makes quite clear why the Harper government sought to scrap the Long Form Census. Responsible government planning is not nearly as important to our current government as is the government’s ability to ignore or suppress statistical information so that people like Mel Hurtig can’t write Books like “The Truth About Canada.”
I’m on record as being in opposition to both of our “alternating” ruling parties.
I was asked at one point what it would take to get me to vote Liberal. The idea being that anything that would unseat the Harper government would be an improvement.
But I tend to disagree; a minority Harper Government is less dangerous than a majority Liberal government, because without electoral reform the only time Canada has anything approximating democracy is when we have a minority government.
That’s when they at least give the appearance of listening to citizens.
This is particularly important when dreadful secret treaties like ACTA and laws like the current draft of the Canadian DMCA, Bill C32, are on the table. Political considerations aside, the bulk of Canada’s elected representatives appear woefully ignorant about the Internet technology or the underlying issues they are being pressured but corporate special interest groups to rush to legislate.
Both of our alternating ruling parties have demonstrated the ability of ruling contrary to our interests when they rule by a majority. You know what they say about absolute power. (As this is Canada, throw in a dash of patronage and quid pro quo…)
Pretty much the only way I would vote for either of the alternating parties would be if they had Mel Hurtig running things. He’s pretty much the only person I would actually trust as our Prime Minister. Even though he has not yet weighed in on Bill C32 or ACTA, I suspect that Mr. Hurtig would at least understand the issues before rushing through legislation against the interests of citizens.