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Friday, March 17, 2006

Lets hear it for Quebec Senators!

The recent letter correspondence between Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette and the McLellan family from Minnesota was a brilliant example of what can happen when the truth is allowed to seep out through the cracks of the media establishment. Let me quote the letter excerpt from the CBC news Website.

“In her response, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette said that what she finds horrible is "the daily massacre of innocent people in Iraq, the execution of prisoners – mainly blacks – in American prisons, the massive sale of handguns to Americans, the destabilization of the entire world by the American government's aggressive foreign policy, etc."

Iraq…check…foreign policy…check…the crushing inequality and racism inherent in the culture…check…gun mania…check… and the capper… America Destabilizing the entire world… Halleluiah!! And all of it on national TV, soon to be repeated and discussed across the world. When I heard this on the radio I actually cheered, it is nice to see the dissident point of view so clearly expressed in the mainstream media.

Apparently the Liberal Party of Canada is uncomfortably taking a step back on this one, distancing itself from what Senator Hervieux-Payette is saying and defending. I wish the LPC would shuck their timorous nature and make a stand on this important issue. It seems that when it was not politically opportune to criticize the Americans the LPC seems content to docilely nod its agreement with the Empire down south. The LPC does not have the vicissitude make an unpopular stand.

Must it take a Senator to so eloquently describe the criminally heinous nature of the “Project for a new American Century” and all of its corollary evil? The lack of anything resembling a spine in the opposition benches is a severe detriment to Canadian democracy.

Canadians should rally behind people who do not bend to the current, who have the fortitude to speak their mind even when it is not politically opportune. Fostering debate and hearing more than one point of view is good for Canada, it is good for Democracy and it is good for cynical people like me who often think the whole mendacious system has no redeeming qualities.

(See TC's article on the chillingly atrocious lack of transparency for more cheery news about the Harper Government…I swear sometimes it seems like he wants to be more and not less like the vapid wisp known as George W Bush.)


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