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Musings on the Canadian Federal Election

By Dr David Laing Dawson

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Using the three step program (reach for remote, click on guide, click channel 1502) I tore myself away from Donald Trump and American politics to watch a couple of hours of CBC election night, and it was oh so boring and lovely. No one ominously intoning “breaking news” every 15 minutes, a wide collection of thoughtful and polite people, all ages, a variety of racial and ethnic origins, each offering gentle and sometimes humorous musings, no one defending the indefensible, clever but not intrusive graphics, and many women, real women (I have to be careful how I put this) chosen for their knowledge and not their sex appeal, a couple of them completely sans make up. Not once was I distracted by cleavage, flame coloured lipstick and flowing blonde curls. Not once was I dismayed by an overfed bald neck-less undereducated white male in a suit.

During the few breaks, instead of being convinced I had to talk to my doctor about a wonderful new pharmaceutical product that could kill me, I was presented with a short video montage of Canada, from sea to sea to sea, reminding me of what we have and what we are.

And then the results: Bernier and populism is sent packing, left of centre, or progressive parties, win more than 50% of the vote, the Liberals retain power but as a minority government, as long as they can hold onto NDP support. The BQ gains seats, raising the spectre of Quebec Separation again, but only as a small haunting I hope, and Alberta expresses its disdain of the east once more.

But as a friend once pointed out, “My God, in Toronto they speak 50 different languages and they are not killing one another.”

It will always take work to keep this very big multicultural experiment together.

Trudeau, I think, has had a little slap on the wrist, and been told to cease and desist his Kum ba ya apology tour and get down to work. No more dress up. Neither Hindu garb, white cowboy hat nor blackface. Understand where Quebecois and Albertans are coming from and work with it. Work with it as you develop real action for the major issues of the day:

  • Climate Change
  • Wealth inequality
  • Affordable Education
  • Housing for all
  • Pharmacare
  • Electoral Reform
  • A voice of sanity, peace and compromise on the world stage
  • Preparing for the tectonic changes already upon us thanks to automation, the digital and media revolution, over population, climate change, and this country of ours becoming one of the few places on earth everyone would prefer to live.

Dual Citizenship

By Dr David Laing Dawson

Until the recent news cycle I did not know that in Canada we have no rules addressing dual citizenship and public office. A man or woman who is a citizen of both Canada and another country could become our Prime Minister.

I am once again roused from the suffocating vapours emanating from our neighbour to the south.

Dual citizenship is a way of hedging bets. It is an “If things go wrong I can always go back home.” kind of thing.

And I accept that it is a reasonable and logical state for many immigrants testing the waters in Canada, or someone born of Canadians in another country. But maybe there should be a time limit on that. Say 20 years to make up your mind and commit.

But dual citizenship does imply a divided allegiance, a back door to escape through. It also, in some cases, allows one to benefit from the best of both worlds, say peace, security, health care, good governance in Canada, and big money in the USA, or a life with longer summers, a good pension and free health care every six months.

But never, ever should we allow a person with dual citizenship, a sworn allegiance to two different countries, divided loyalties, an escape hatch, to become a sitting member of our Parliament, let alone the Prime Minister.

Mr. Scheer’s history with this smacks of arrogance, no real commitment, and a reluctance to sacrifice anything for the honour of being our Prime Minister.

While I am here I would like to propose another rule. And that is, No one should be allowed to run for public office, Municipal, Provincial, or Federal, until they have experienced at least, say, 15 years of adult life: job, career, community, workplace, partner, house, mortgage, rent, responsibilities……

Stepping out of college and taking one exam in insurance while working as a clerk does not cut it.