Just Vote, Please?

Here we are on the last day before voting for our next Federal representatives. Here in Quebec there are realistically four political parties with a chance to win some seats: Bloc Quebecois, Conservative Party, Liberal Party, New Democratic Party. Of those, the Conservatives generally have not been able gain traction in Quebec though they do have a consistent following in the Quebec City area. The NDP and the Liberals will make history if either of their leaders become Prime Minister. Thomas Mulcair would lead the first NDP Federal government and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and his late father, would be the first father-son tandem to lead a government in this country since Confederation.

The bottom line is this: Get out and vote tomorrow. People in other parts of the world would (and have) die(d) to have the democratic rights and freedoms we enjoy. Who you vote for is unimportant. Just get to your polling station and do your duty, even if you have to stand in line for what you think is an unacceptably long time. It’s worth it, really.

If you’re not sure where you need to present yourself to cast your ballot, or who the candidate are in your riding, visit the Elections Canada site. You can’t go wrong.

Come Tuesday morning democracy will have spoken and, undeniably, democracy is never wrong.


Democracy is never wrong

Anyone who follows the news knows the problems Toronto City Council faces in light of the revelations of that city’s duly elected mayor; that he has smoked crack cocaine and that he has on occasion had a drink or two too many. In addition to that, he has used most inappropriate language from time to time during this ordeal.

As a Montrealer, far be it for me to weigh in on this mess. However, let me say that the people of Toronto democratically elected Mr. Ford, who is not facing any criminal charges at this time.

Mr. Ford should be left to finish out the mandate that he was elected to serve and then let the people decide. If he is reelected to the position, then he’s the right person for the job. Democracy is never wrong.

Charter of Crap!

Yesterday the provincial government tabled a bill that is titled “Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests” How is that for a mouthful of garbage?

Essentially the government is looking to prevent our Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, and other religious friends from freely expressing their religious beliefs while in the employ of the provincial government.

The irony here is the provincial government tabled this bill so close to Remembrance Day, a day of national reflection where we remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of this country and its values, which include freedom of religion and freedom of expression. If the opposition parties do their jobs properly this law will never be passed. However if it does become law, I sincerely hope the Federal government and ultimately the Supreme Court of Canada uphold our values and strike down this evil, mean spirited, xenophobic, islamophobic sorry excuse for an example of how our tax dollars are spent.

… oh and let’s also hope the “primacy of the French language” provisions in this bill never make it into law, only because English language rights in Quebec need protection, not further erosion.