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Sikh Celebration Exposes Yet Another Dark Period In Canada’s History Not Taught In Canadian Schools


 

Stephen Harper returns Canada to her racist past through exclusionary immigration laws.

Stephen Harper returns Canada to her racist past through exclusionary immigration laws.

Last weekend I was privileged to witness the annual Sikh parade in my neighborhood and got to, learn a little more about the Sikh’s who live in my community and their struggle to be allowed into Canada.  It would seem that the desire to keep Canada’s majority population white was considered a priority of western Canada when the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet, May 23, 1914 with 376 passengers on board of which, 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, 12 Hindus and were forced to leave Canadian territorial waters on July 23, 1914, under a Canadian government ordered naval escort.  It would seem that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada have chosen to go back in time and try to succeed where other politicians before them failed with their racist policies, practices and laws directed at making it very difficult for Southern Asians to immigrate to Canada and definitely next to impossible to be considered and accepted by Canada as  legitimate refugees.  In approximately one year Stephen Harper wipe out any progress made by Southern Asians to be treated fairly under Canada’s immigration system as he tries to realise his dream and ultimate fantasy of what he calls a “Canada for true Canadians” and his predecessors and his inspiration called “Keeping Canada White”.  Like the racist leaders of the past that he admires and tries to emulate, I think I can safely say that his policies were taken right off of a take a page of old exclusion laws written by those who were profoundly racist and didn’t know it. One of those people, those not prejudice politicians that the west seems to breed said with the conviction of the just, “I have nothing against these people accept that they are not White and therefore they cannot be allowed to get a foot hold in Canada, because allowing them to do so could see them one day making the White majority a White minority.”  It is with this rational of fighting a hypothetical threat and therefore war of self-preservation that convinces him and all other racist that they are not racist at all, but simply taking measures to ensure that Canada’s European heritage, culture and religion and languages are what is meant as being truly Canadian.

The fear of being swallowed up by non whites and people of different cultures and religions seemed to have caused the political leaders of Canada, in particular the politicians of Western Canada to become so fearful that they  began to enact laws concerning citizenship and immigration that were designed to make it impossible to meet the standards set for eligibility for Southern Asians. An example of that is, (Even though it was common knowledge that it was impossible to get a non stop direct trip on a steamship from most parts of Southern Asia to Canada, because steamship lines refused to do it,  the Canadian government of the day enacted a law that stated that to be eligible for entry into Canada, those wishing to immigrate to Canada from Southern Asia had to travel from point of originating country to Canada directly, non stop. Once this stipulation was made law the Canadian government was ensured that only if those wishing to immigrate to Canada from Southern Asia  were capable of doing the impossible Canada would not have to accept any immigrants from Southern Asia of pure Southern Asian heritage. Even though the Sikhs, the Hindus and the Muslims on board the ship were originally from India and  were considered part of the British Commonwealth, once the British Empire and now referred to as just the Commonwealth of Nations, just like Canadians the Canadian government viewed them as an invading horde and put them under siege, refusing to let them disembark.  They were starved, accosted by police in an effort to get them to leave and finally when none of that worked the Canadian government dispatched naval ships to force them to leave and return to India.  Those from Southern Asia that did manage to immigrate to Canada successfully were welcomed with racist laws  that withheld their right to vote and so left them powerless and with no say in a hostile new world that wanted them gone. So strong was the fear of them that not even the commonality of being part of the British commonwealth was enough to save them from the hostility of the people of Western Canada and her politicians.  I always knew that Asians back in that day had been singled out by the governments of Western Canada for racist exclusionary practices, but I had only heard of the racist and prohibitive laws and attitudes towards the Chinese and the Japanese. At no time did I ever consider, or was I taught about the even more rigid rules designed to keep out the Southern Asians whose core countries include, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  Sometimes Afghanistan, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Myanmar, and the Tibet Autonomous Region are included in that group of countries considered South Asian as well.

As I stood their watching the floats pass and the Sikh men women and children walk by in their traditional attire I wondered who had persecuted these people, what was the reference to the 100 year struggle for equality and fairness was all about and why they were reminding us watching that they fought were injured and died in World War Two as did other Canadians, I began to realise that these Sikhs were not talking about fighting for their rights in another country they were talking about their struggle of over a 100 years to achieve equality, fairness and basic human rights in Canada?  This was yet another group of people who finally found a way to bring out into the light of day the racist exclusionary laws and policies of Canada that they were faced to endure and overcome in the past if they wish to remain in Canada and make a better life for their children. I realised as I watched these people walk by that they and all Southern Asians were still being dealt an injustice, because being practicing Sikhs was not the main reason they were being refused entrance into Canada; the reason they were being refused entrance into Canada was that they were Southern Asians and not of European heritage, culture, religion and language, a combination that Canada’s all White government and the White majority of Canada’s population feared would eventually make them a minority, if not end their very existence as pure White European presence in Canada. Part of Stephen Harper  legacy will be the Prime Minister of Canada responsible for taking Canada back into this dark time in our history of fear and racist policies and laws. If Stephen Harper and his party are not stopped, what he and the Conservative Party of Canada have done to the refugees on the Sun Sea are just the beginning of a whole lot of racist behavior that Canada will find itself apologising for in our future.

Canada under Stephen Harper’s leadership has quickly become known for apologising to people who were hurt and treated unfairly by Canadian governments when Canada was a young fledgling, the problem however is that Canada has only changed what it was forced to, in order to save face internationally, but the root cause of the problem still exists in the government of Stephen Harper and in the hearts of those who would support him and his policies that saw over 400 Southern Asian, men women and children jailed over 4 years ago for daring to flee to Canada seeking asylum from tyranny and oppression. We as Canadian citizens for the most part witnessed this government make new exclusionary laws to suit their purposes and watched them applied retroactively to these innocent people and as a country and a people we shamefully let Stephen Harper get away with it and some of us proud  Canadians even cheered him on and found a way to justify his actions.   The problem with this apology  to the Sikhs and the Southern Asians whose ancestors were mistreated, is the same problem as the apology made to our First Nations and that is the apologies are hollow, made with no desire and with no intention to make meaningful changes to right the wrongs.  On side of  their mouth this government issues apologies for past actions and on the other side they justify the need to enact laws that enable them to continue the offensive actions of the past, or re-establish the very laws that prohibited them from continuing the offensive behavior that they are apologising for.

Canada has always been and still is good at hiding the racist  history that it does not want known, shared, or remembered, but once you start to understand how racist Canada was and still is and from where this racism was enforced with the most enthusiasm,  it is easier to understand Stephen Harper’s statement in which he said, “We have a responsibility to ensure that we keep Canada for real Canadians. Canadians that share a common European ancestry, heritage, customs and religion.”  Sounds pretty much like the that western politician who said, “I have nothing against these people, but we must keep Canada white.”  Unless we stop burying our dark past that we are not proud of as a nation and start teaching it in our schools, I believe nothing will change and politicians like Stephen Harper will be standing up on platforms in another 100 years and making the same hollow promises in an attempt to make amends for abuses that could have been and should have avoided, through education of the Canadian people creating a better understanding of the abuses that these people have suffered and the realisation that this can not be allowed to continue and indeed there was and still is a problem that needs to be addressed and be made right.

In Quebec, Quebecers said no to Pauline Marois’s  offensive, racist Charter of Quebec Values and put an end to her political career, but I think that it is time for Canadians to rid itself of all politicians who would make their platform of a successful city, province, or Canada, reliant on the suppression of the rights and freedoms of any person or persons based on culture, heritage, religion, or language.  I wonder what is the next dark secret of Canada’s past that will be brought into the light of day and when if ever there will be a true and honest history of Canada taught in our schools?

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One Day Event Cheaper Than Doing Right By Those Serving In Our Armed Forces, Veterans And Their Families Every Day!


This should shut them up!

This should shut them up!

I think that a day of honor for the vets who served in Afghanistan was well deserved and I like most Canadians I felt glad that they finally received some small token of this country’s appreciation for the sacrifices they made in Afghanistan. Our troops served honorably, believing that this government had sent them on a mission to improve the everyday lives of the Afghani people and by doing so, they were doing their part to make the world a safer place for all people to live in. As is customary in military interventions people die and some of our own had to make the ultimate sacrifice,  some lost limbs and still others suffered mental disorders that could not readily be seen in order to complete a mission that was not always clear, but which they did  with honor and without complaint. I do not think that those who died over in Afghanistan could have imagined that their wives children would be abandoned by this Harper government.  Nor do I believe that any of those soldiers would have to battle the Harper government in court to get support in the form of monetary compensation to cover their inability to work due to physical and illnesses like PTSD. This is the type of  thanks that the dead’s family received and that every injured soldier that could no longer serve received.  The Harper government made it clear in statements from their lawyers in court, that they had no social contract with the injured soldiers and that they would not be supporting them, their wives, or their families in any way and that they the government were ready to fight for their right to do nothing for them all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary. Every court case that the vets have won in the lower courts that would see the veterans and their families get the services that they were asking for and that would have made their lives a little easier the Harper government has appealed to the higher courts to overturn.  While this day of honor played out these court cases were still being fought and veterans of that war were not getting the services that they need.  This is why I say that this day was little more than a photo opt for  Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper  taints everything he touches and somehow even managed to darken a day of honor by making his underlying motivation for this day  appear suspect. Stephen Harper’s selfishness and hypocrisy over shadowed  this event from start to finish and so the day  never got to be the bright and glorious day it could have been if the government had taken the time to plan and think things out, rather than hastily throw together an affair designed to quiet the rapidly growing concerns and discontent of Canadians about the mistreatment of vets in this country by Steven harper and his not so stable and not so secure majority government. I believe that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada does nothing that is not beneficial to them politically and this day was no different.  This hurried up event only came to pass because the government is coming into an election year and the horrible, intolerable shameful way they have been treating vets was coming to a head and needed to be diffused and what better way than to throw a party with a lot of pomp and circumstance, but this money could have gone to pay for some of the services that the vets and their families need.

As the government closes veteran’s hospitals, veteran’s  service offices, and watches legions across Canada closed by virtue of their charity tax status being revoked, I wonder if a one time parade and campaign style photo opt for the Prime Minister Harper was the right way to show veterans of Afghanistan and their families appreciation for their sacrifices they faced in the field and they now face at home? With vet committing suicide, living on the street homeless and parent’s, wives and families feeling that they have been abandoned to care for their wounded loved ones on their own, I wonder how much this day cost the Canadian tax payer , because I feel that all that money could have gone towards making the lives of those same vets and their families better.

The government of Stephen Harper is a cheap Scrooge type beast and this day of so called remembrance will cost the veterans and their families dearly in the days and months to come; one can almost hear it now as this government refers back to this day to remind us all how much they cared and continue to care about Canadian veterans and their families, or they would not have thrown such and elaborate day of to honor them in this time of fragile stability.  When the bagpipes can no longer be heard and the speeches have all be said and the vets and their families have stopped dining with members of parliament and the headlines are once again focussed on another veteran committing suicide, found dirty, suffering from malnutrition, in pain from wartime, or post wartime injuries, or dead on the street, will the veterans, their parents and families feel that this one time only event went far enough and did enough to truly honor veterans and the sacrifices they have made?

I think that it is unfortunate that this day of honor was also marred by the fact that this government chose to try to force the families of the vets to pay their own way to this event honoring them.  It is this type of cheapness that we see from this government all the time and serves to make Canadians feel that they do not care about veterans and their families and it keeps happening over and over again.  What was Afghanistan? Was it a war, a peace keeping mission and since we seem to be driven to use military actions like these more often now foregoing diplomacy and diplomatic solutions, is every such mason to see this type of day of honor and if not why not?  I will forget the question of why we were over there in the first place, because our soldiers go where they are ordered and follow the orders given to them leaving the right and wrong of this and the justification for their being there up to the higher command and the government the right and the wrong of it and so the job they do in service of the Canadian government needs to be respected no matter what, especially by the government who chooses to prefer the methods of war and seeks to turn Canada into a hated revile, mistrusted warrior nation instead of the respected, trusted, loved peace keeping nation we was were known to be.

This government in my opinion has betrayed the military in so many ways that even having a day to honor the brave men and women that served in Afghanistan, trying to pretend they give a damn about them is an insult to Canadian’s intelligence.  We can not as a country be bothered to keep statistics on what happens to our veterans once they leave the force due to mental illness and other job related injuries; we can not tell how many of those who served this country are begging and sleeping on the street, but yet we have these memorial day events and days to commemorate battles in which brave men and women died and were injured in the service of this country and we now have days of honor for missions that were not quite wars, but in which brave Canadians died when this government chose to send them off to help secure and provide security in order to enhance democracy by insuring a fair election in another country; something that they are denying Canadians with their “Fair Elections Act.”

The acquisition fiasco of the F-35 Fighter Jet which left our troops flying out dated, inferior aircraft incapable of communicating  with our allies is simply unforgivable and was totally avoidable if Stephen Harper would have only consulted with all parties and took into consideration the advice of  all experts and not only the ones who had something to gain by telling him what he and his government wanted to hear.  The list of procurement fiascos is a long one and covers every branch of our military.  First the Harper government decided that it would not buy new light armored vehicles for our troops and then they decided that upgrades to light-armored vehicles have made new close-combat vehicles unnecessary and so cancelled the 2 billion dollar purchase those, breaking promises to our troops to provide them with new state of the art tools to enable them to do their job.

This inability to buy military equipment without scandal and having to rethink every failed acquisition  directly impacts our troops, because it is they who must go into battle and risk their lives unnecessarily using old out dated equipment only to see that equipment arrive in Canada after the mission for which it was intended, see the acquisition cancelled altogether and force them into using old refurbished equipment for a long time until new military equipment can be ordered. This consistent inability to get it right tells me that the Harper government does not care what state the equipment our troops are using in the field is in as long as they get good press reviews for promising said equipment and seem to be looking like they give a damn.

These are my reasons for saying that, to the Harper government a one day event is a whole lot cheaper than doing the right thing by those serving in our military, veterans and their families every day!

Montreal SPCA, On Jean Talon West In Montreal Not Helpful, Not Courteous And Devoid Of Compassion


In His Memory.  Before sickness reduced him literally to skin and bones.

In His Memory. Before sickness reduced him literally to skin and bones.

The lady who answered the phone at the Montreal SPCA, located on Jean  Talon West in Montreal QC, was not helpful, or courteous and displayed no compassion when giving assistance and information about putting down a family pet humanely and to be quite frank was hurtful and rude. The lady must be referred to as the lady because she did  not identify herself when she answered the phone or at anytime during the conversation that followed. I understand that everyone working there, or volunteering there would like to see animals adopted rather than put down, but there are some very good reasons for putting a family pet down. I seek to remind volunteers who work at places like the Humane Society and the SPCA that for the majority of pet owners this is a stressful and heartbreaking time for them and that the choice of putting down a family pet is not arrived at easily, but as a last alternative.  I would go further and suggest  that the majority of people asking questions about how to put down an animal are trying to do the right thing and see that an animal’s suffering is ended in a humane fashion and it is to this end that this post has been written.

I was shocked and angered by the  treatment that a friend of mine received at the hands of the lady who answered the phone on  Tuesday, May 6 2014 at approximately 4pm. I was on the extension at her request, because my friend wanted to make sure that I took down the information for her, because sometimes he dyslexia causes her to write things down backwards.  All people who enquire about the cost of putting down a pet are not all people trying to rid themselves of kittens and puppies who have lost their appeal as they grew into adult animals, in fact the majority are decent caring loving pet owners who adore their pets and have considered them as members of their family and are just trying to find the best way to end the suffering of a long time companion. Others are people who have found an animal suffering in the street, or abandoned and cannot afford to take them in reasons like allergies have no choice, but to put down a sick, or injured animal and again are only trying to do the right thing and the humane thing.  Before laws were enacted declaring it illegal to take care of the matter yourself there were various methods used such as drowning, shooting, abandoning to end the life of a sick or unwanted pet.  At one time a pet owner could walk into a place like the SPCA and they would put down old suffering pets who could not be saved for a donation, or for free if you could not afford to pay.  They did not do this so much for the pet owner, but they did it so that they could be assured that the animal did not suffer and died humanely. Unfortunately this is no longer the case at the Montreal SPCA, according to the lady who answered the phone there.  I say this based on the conversation I heard while on an extension in my friend’s house between my friend  and the lady she talked to at the Montreal SPCA.

The problem for my friend started when her aunt of 92 was rushed to the hospital some time ago and was diagnosed as being unable to live alone anymore and was placed in a nursing home.  The nursing home did not allow pets.  Her aunt’s sickly 19-year-old cat would have been tossed into the street and left to die a horrible death due to his age, poor health and the fact that he had no claws, had my friend not stepped in to help out while there was a possibility that her aunt might return to her home.  The young lady  took care of the cat in her aunt’s house changing the litter, water and feeding, but when the aunt was placed in the nursing home, my friend being allergic  to cats could not take the cat in and so sought to have the very old sickly cat humanely put down.  The cat was urinating at a very high rate, its stool smelled worse that anything I have ever smelled from a cat, it staggered when it walked and could not even jump up onto the sofa and from the looks of things it vomited up at least twice a day.  It was clear that to keep this cat alive was cruel and not a humane thing to do. My friend is on welfare and quickly discovered that the price of putting down this cat humanely at a vet was anywhere from $90 to $200 and way out of her budget.  Her aunt suffers from dementia and does not remember even owning a cat and so will not pay for the putting down of the suffering animal.  The lady on the other end of the phone line at the Montreal SPCA was unmoved by this story and instead told my friend, “You should have listened to the recording while you were on hold, because you would have understood that because the cat is from the borough of Lasalle, the Montreal SPCA will  have nothing to do with it in any way.”  “You will to seek help with your problem at a vet and your financial situation is neither my or the Montreal SPCA’s problem.” Tempers flared and the frustration of my friend showed when she said, “I will put the cat in its box and leave it on your doorstep and you can do for it what you like,” to which the lady from the SPCA replied, “Are you threatening me?”  My friend now livid said, “Thank you very much for nothing” and hung up the phone.

I am an animal lover, but I am not a rich person either and for a moment in time we contemplated what to do with this 19-year-old sick and suffering cat, that the Montreal SPCA would not help us with and that we could not afford to take to the vet.  We thought of all the old ways of putting down pets and read still others online that were quite new, if not painless and therefore not very humane and definitely not legal.  God must have been listening, because when she went to check on the cat today, she found it dead and suffering no more.  What we will never know is how much that poor cat suffered that night and for how many nights, because there is just no way for a person down on their luck to do the right thing.  How many pets have had to endure home remedies and painful deaths because pet owners call a place like the Montreal SPCA and are treated like criminals and are out right refused help?  Should only those with money be able to have a pet? I believe that if the government is going to insist that pets such as dogs and cats are put down by vets then they must assure that the means to do so is there for everyone and at a rate that all can afford, or many pets will suffer at the hands of normally loving caring people trying to do what they think is the right thing in the only manner left to them.

In Canada Democracy And Democratic Rule Are Nothing But Empty Words


Where democracy ends in Canada

Where democracy ends in Canada

In Canada democracy and democratic rule are nothing but empty words. These empty words only guarantee that the people of Canada will get to choose who will lord over them without caring what they want for a predetermined amount of time and whether they will have total unchallengeable control, or not. Trying to find consensus has ceased to be a realistic policy whether in a majority government, or a minority, whether you or the governing body, the official opposition, or the 3rd party opposition, because Canadian governance is based on a bunch of lies and procedures that allow for the Canadian government in any number of situations to abuse the democratic process and there by alienate the spirit of democracy. The very nature and unchallengeable power given to a prime minister elected with a majority government is proof enough to understand that this situation is not democratic in spirit, or practice, but is democratic only by a morphed Canadian perversion of the democratic process which states, “That as long as your right to vote is given to you as a Canadian citizen, in other words their was an election called, then it  does not matter if the results reflect the will of the majority of the population, or if campaign promises are kept, or the governance of the winner is in keeping with democratic principles, because you the people of Canada have no process by which you can remove a government legally until you have suffered for four years of corruption, constant scandal, loss of fundamental rights and freedoms and you get to vote again your right to vote.

  • There is no right to protest anymore, Police usually move in and shut down protests that do not conform to civic bylaws and rules and regulations by all levels of government to make them ineffective. Civic leaders use by-laws to stifle peaceful protests when there is no violence and no real crimes being committed. Look at the peaceful Occupy Montreal Protest for example, eventually shut down by some city by-law,  when the protestors could not be tricked of forced into violating their vows to remain peaceful by the civic authority.  These attempts by government to make their actions appear legal only work for a little while, but eventually everyone begins to understand these actions to be what they really are and that is to be nothing less than a crackdown on anti government protesting.  Provincial governments handle protest by creating laws to make it next to impossible to legally strike effectively. a person need look no further than Quebec and its  anti-protest legislation, or Bill 78. The UN condemned Quebec saying in essence that the government of Quebec’s Bill 78 of all Quebecers to lawfully assemble in peaceful process and restricted the movement of protestors.  Federally one need look no further at the G 20 summit and remember all of the security to prevent Canadians from being seen or heard at the G 20 summit starting with the orders of how policed were to deal with the protestors and the unprecedented arrests and the fact that most of them were illegal, brutally done and without justifiable cause.
  • There is literally no longer a right to strike, or fair collective bargaining in this country to demand fair working conditions, equitable pay, or safe working conditions from employers, because the government has proven will legislating striking employees back to work by declaring just about anything and everything an essential service. (Postal strike, Air Canada strike)

If there is no mechanism for removal of corrupt governance, by the people (referendum, court challenge, petitioning how can this system be within the spirit of democracy which is supposed to have the government serving at the behest and desire of the people?

Opposition parties who face the political will and political power  of a majority government have been rendered moot in the Canadian democratic system.  They are a body of government without mandate, or power and therefore serve little purpose. When facing a majority government this powerless entity claims that they are the eyes, ears and voice of the people, responsible holding the government to account.  These politicians would have you and I believe that they are acting in the best interest of Canadians, by being the conscience of the government and reminding them of their duties and obligations to uphold the rights and freedoms of all Canadian people  under the laws of Canada and not only for those who voted for them.  I find though that they usually feel that the reason the people sent them to parliament  it to disrupt, delay and find fault in all legislation put forward by the majority government and Canadians can count on them to vote against anything that the government in the majority puts forward solely because they are the party in opposition.

Majority status for a governing party in Canada is like being an emperor/empress. There is literally nothing that can see you removed from office, because you can vote down the very suggestion of it in most instances.  In a majority position there is no need to seek consensus, because you can simply use the power of your majority to force into law whatever you like.  I think that this majority government under Stephen Harper’s guidance has proven just how non democratic I spirit this type of majority government can be.   Political parties in Canada have decided that a majority mandate is a mandate to get as much done as possible while you have the chance, foregoing all debate and ignoring all advice from opposition and independent sources that do not represent your view.  Although in the beginning this seems more time efficient and cost efficient, but we have seen time and time again that this is rarely the case in the long run. (dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board, nomination of Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada, the F-35 jet fighter fiasco. Minority status government usually lead to an earl election being called when it becomes obvious that the losers in the election are going to take advantage of  the fact that they can out vote the winning party if they get a little help from the 3rd party, or the winning government with a minority status realises that they can not get anything done and decide to cut their losses call and early election and hopefully be in a better position to get the majority.

I have heard so much about democratic process and rule of law and what it all amounts to as politicians in opposition status explain it, is being allowed to put on a good show so that the Canadian voter thinks that democracy is being served.  In other words the opposition party in a majority government would like to debate until they feel that they have convinced the majority to do things their way even if at the end the majority does not have to make one amendment, because they can simply use their majority vote to do it their way.   will have to find consensus with opposition parties.  Democracy and the democratic rule of governing for most democratic countries ends at the ballot box on election day and at best is a popularity contest, because there is: No obligation by the leader of a political party or his party to keep the promises made to the voter in their campaign, because once elected they cannot be removed by the people, because there is no mechanism for it,  (referendum, petition, or court challenge) and in Canada and the USA military coups are considered non democratic although a few so called democratic governments have come to power through them and have been accepted as democratic nations I think that it is very important that all the governments making the assertion that they are democratic have one of their great decision-making meeting and decide exactly what being a democratic nation is so that all countries claiming this type of governance are following the same rules and spirit of the word. We have the USA with its own version of democracy and democratic way of governing that as far as I can see works about as effective as our governance when Canada is being governed by a minority government and that means that as we have seen this year the supposedly elected government of the people by the people can not govern, make any decisions and is often held hostage by the opposition parties or in the case the other house, because the other side (the opposition) feels that their only purpose left is to make the other government look stupid and in effective no matter how good for the people whatever the governing body is trying to achieve.

I will not dwell on the lack of proportionality of our democracy, or the fact that our electoral system is constantly being rewritten in a way that disenfranchises the poor and less fragile of Canadian citizens, or finally that Canadians for the most part do not trust government period to do what they say they will and take it for granted that all politicians are corrupt so that corruption is not necessarily enough reason to switch governments, because all of these things would keep me writing forever and a day. I do however think that when you can not stand up in the House of Commons and tell one of you colleagues that he or she is lying, or when protocol and rules of conduct say that a fellow MP has deliberately lied but are by rules of decorum to put aside what you know to be true and publicly while in the House of Commons accept the liars words as an honest mistake, a non intentional misquote, or slip of the tongue, than there is no place for honesty, integrity, or  transparency in the Canadian system of governance, as I see it.  Perception of transparency, honesty and integrity can never replace the real thing, but yet this is what the code of conduct in the House of Commons rules dictate that all members adhere to. I ask you, “If the whole system of governance and democracy in Canada is based on a lie, then how can this be a fair and democratic system that we in Canada are governed by?