I don’t recognize my home country anymore.
My Canada is one that embraces cultural diversity and proudly welcomes people from all over the world and celebrates their contribution to the fabric of our nation.
My Canada is one that is recognized all over the world for its ability to be fair-minded, moderate and a sought after partner in international matters.
My Canada is one that cares for the less fortunate; cares for the environment; cares for people caught in the crossfire of wars and respects the important role organizations like the United Nations play in our world.
My Canada is one where its prime ministers, regardless of their political stripes, put the well-being of ALL Canadians first, ahead of their partisan interests.
My Canada is one that makes it easy to say “I Am Canadian!”
What’s Happening To You?
The Canada I know and love has taken a turn for the worse under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Harper’s Canada is not so welcoming to people from abroad and appears to be more and more xenophobic.
Harper’s Canada is no longer a sought after partner in international affairs. We used to be a leader in supplying troops for UN peacekeeping missions; now, we don’t even make it in the top 10 contributing countries. Under Harper, Canada became the first nation to back out of the Kyoto Agreement.
Harper’s Canada is one where opinions of those who don’t agree with the government and its policies aren’t given an opportunity to be heard (see article by Carol Goar, Toronto Star columnist.) A place, and here I quote former Conservative prime minister Joe Clark, where “the rule of emasculating silence applies to members of his own parties, civil servants and public debates.”
Harper’s Canada is one where fear has replaced hope.
A Call To Action
I’m asking you my fellow Canadians, regardless of your political stripes, to do the one thing that I can no longer do in Harper’s Canada – exercise your democratic right and go vote on Monday, October 19th!
My Canada – Your Canada – depends on it.