Oh Stephen Harper, has it crossed your mind Canadians are on to you? You’ve had a good run, managing to forsake rights of first nations, women, environment and veterans with admirably callous disregard. Your vision of my Canada as “warrior nation” allowed you to dabble in sand boxes of true war mongers. Alienating the United Nations, insisting our military fly in the face of front-line conflict, strutting about like a holier than thou defender of morality – all the while, banking on polite Canadians to roll over and thank you for making Canada a “warrior nation”.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson spoke in Ottawa today, imploring Commons support for Harper’s intended expansion of Canadian military in Syria and Iraq. Despite parliamentary approval last year of six months participation in a U.S. led coalition of air strikes against ISIL in Iraq (expires on April 7), NDP and Liberal members are less than supportive of continued involvement, preferring humanitarian aid and support.
Pay attention because these next words from Nicholson are worth pondering.
“Canada is in the fight because the militants have threatened the country directly”
Ah yes, militant threats – AKA, Stephen Harper’s wet dream. No self respecting warrior nation exists without reason – when in doubt, create a reason to ruffle militant ire. Oblivious to the essence of Canada, void of the slightest inkling as to our uniquely inclusive, compassionate or peace keeping perspectives, Stephen Harper set about making Canada unrecognizable.
Harper wasn’t content with a nation of peace keepers, his Canada needed to play with the big boys. His wish was bat shit command – push hard enough and eventually “crazy” will deliver an attack on Parliament Hill. Justification for warrior reason and Bill C-51.
C-51 epitomizes Harper’s intent to undermine the fabric of Canada. A vague re-scripting of anti-terror legislation lacking oversight, accountability and definition. A law of epic proportions, one that gives unrestricted rights to security services, legislation enacted to strip Harper’s Canada of Canadians who value our once great nation.
Nice try Mr. Harper – Canada isn’t about to roll over. Despite admirable use of tax payer’s money funding hysterical militant fear mongering – we’re Canadians who won’t tolerate nonsense for long. There’s a reason why the “Stop Harper” movement is unprecedented in Canadian history – falling support for your legislated police state demonstrates futility of thinking we back your vision of Canada.