in mourning...Oh Canada, how I will miss you...

Tara - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I fear my future as a Canmerican, I fear the privatization of our prison and penal systems, I fear the increase in mandatory jail sentences for non-violent crimes, I fear how the new "tough on crime" laws that Harper wants to legislate will be used to fill new privately owned prisons, lining the pockets of wealthy elite lobbyists. I fear the two tier health care system that will snake it's way into our country with more of a presence under the majority government.
I fear the Harper regime's very relaxed and almost apathetic attitude toward environment responsibility.
I fear a republican style revival regarding very serious and politically charged issues such as abortion, gay marriage and family planning. I fear for the future of all lesbians, gays, transexuals etc.
I fear for our reputation as peace makers, as neutrals. We don't need a larger military force, we don't need to feed billions into the private sector arms trade.
I fear for your first nations people who under Harper's regime are suffering a new kind of genocide, a new kind of extermination.
I fear for my children and their children, the changes Harper could make in the next 4 years, many cannot be undone once they are done. Once you open the door to privatization of our penal and health care systems, you can never go back.
For those in Ontario, look at what happened when they de-regulated Ontario Hydro.
If you are at all politically minded, spend some time in the next 4 years getting to know your mp, whether they are on the side you want in power or not, make them work for you. Make them do their job to serve their constituents. And if you are more than just politically minded but also politically motivated, get out and see what you might be able to do, volunteer, make calls, or run as a candidate.
Democracy works best when the people are all actively involved. Get involved.
Off to crawl into a ball and weep at my loss of freedoms and identity.

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Amanda - posted on 05/04/2011

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I say we take a page from france, and all go on protest, until the government does what we want them too.



Veronique Harper is in power because middle class, lower class, and young do not vote. Do you really believe most canadians want Harper in power when only 30 something % of voters showed up?

Stasia - posted on 05/03/2011

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Because I want to be an optimist or I would go crazy, I have to point out the positives. 1- Harper can not show his true colors and hope to be re elected therefore he will have to bend a bit left, 2- with NDP as opposition it shows the shift to left thinking that Canadians are beginning to make. Change happens in steps, this may not look like it but we can make it that way, and 3- Elizabeth May got a seat! This shows times are changing, we just need to keep advocating for the change we need...

Jenny - posted on 05/03/2011

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I'm wearing black today. I'm mourning what my country could have been.

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Janessa - posted on 05/03/2011

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Hey Ladies I here you. I voted for the First time and I am 22 years of age. I here the out cry I never wanted the conseravtive to win we do not need Canada to be like the Republicans look at America when there are in power that is where harper is dealing our country to :(.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/03/2011

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The jail thing really concerns me. I don't think bigger jails and longer sentences for non-violent crimes will solve anything. My brother recently got a little insight into the way the justice system currently works for these people. A friend of his was a real idiot when he was 18 and ended up driving like a tool, crashed his car and killed his girlfriend in the process. Awful. Anyways, he is now serving time for it in prison. He is surrounded by these "non-violent" offenders. There are drugs EVERYWHERE. They are ridiculously easy to sneak in. Alcohol is harder to come by so they make their own by stealing ketchup and sugar packets from the kitchen, mixing them and heating them on heating vents. If you even utter the word goof in front of someone you'd better say your prayers. Guys will just randomly punch you in the face and then you have to fight them or you will be beaten senseless and no one does anything to stop it.

I fail to see how putting a petty criminal in place like that for a longer time is going to somehow make them a better citizen. If anything, they will be drawn further into the criminal world. That is the true source of the revolving door justice system. We don't make people ready to live in the real world.

JL - posted on 05/03/2011

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I can feel your pain my Canadian friends. I am crying with you and feeling your shock and disappointment. Just keep up the good fight and stick it out. I did for 8 years of Bush and I survived it...barely but I did!

Bonnie - posted on 05/03/2011

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I really hope that everyone is going to be wrong and that we won't live in fear for the next 4 years.

Isobel - posted on 05/03/2011

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because we didn't vote...we let the old people and the rich people decide for us

Jayce - posted on 05/03/2011

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Four years of Harper - somebody, anybody, pray for us. We're gonna need it.

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Yeah, you guys have to stop that because if you don't, then I don't know where I'd move once the Republican take control again down here.

Sara - posted on 05/03/2011

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Hey, just know that your buddies down here in the US feel your pain...we've been through it too! **cough--BUSH--cough**

Tara - posted on 05/03/2011

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Because unfortunately the people who make up the largest percentage of the population who does vote also seem to vote conservative. If the lower income bracket, youth and single income families made up the majority of the voting public then we wouldn't see this kind of sweeping majority. Canadians are still too apathetic about politics. Not one of the candidates tried to go for the youth vote with any earnest, if they had tried harder, they would have seen a larger youth turn out, it's a start and i only hope that this defeat doesn't lead first time voters to feel apathetic about using their democratic voice to effect change in the future, hopefully it does the opposite and inspires masses of youth to go into politics, to become more involved to make a difference.
We can only hope and work toward that reality by encouraging our MPs to further our own ideas and hope that Jack as opposition will keep Stephen on his toes while providing him with the much needed soul he seems to lack when it comes to social issues and equality for all Canadians...

Veronique - posted on 05/03/2011

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I hear you! But if so many people feel they way we do, then why is Harper still in power? Why do so many others want him in power? I see only negative when it comes to him. I don't see how he will work for what i need in my family. I'm so sad :(

Jenni - posted on 05/03/2011

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Where is that damn 'discouraging' button? :(
I was quite happy with my head buried in the hole I dug in my backyard. Thanks Tara! *eye roll*
I'm going to have to join you in weeping now.

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