Did We Move Here Too Late?

All of the news­cast­ers are pre­dict­ing a win for Stephen Harp­er and the Con­ser­v­a­tive par­ty. He’s mak­ing a final cam­paign stop in Wind­sor, Ontario, which up to now every­one had assumed was not winnable (that’s in Par­lia­ment seats, I guess). I sup­pose it would be the equiv­a­lent of Bush mak­ing a final cam­paign stop in New York City or Boston.

Some con­ser­v­a­tive Cana­di­an blog­gers empha­sized the fact that Harp­er is not Bush-lite when you ignore the scary Lib­er­al attack ads that say he is. Nev­er­the­less, I have to admit that his con­stant rep­e­ti­tion of tax cuts has me very wor­ried. That’s what got Bush in the first time around. I have to believe that Cana­di­ans are not so eas­i­ly swayed by some wad of cash waved at them that they’ll have to spend at Wal­mart. Need­less to say, I don’t buy it, and if I ever actu­al­ly got a wad of cash as some­thing I did­n’t pay on tax­es, I’d nev­er spend it at Wal­mart. (In fact, I’m proud to say that I’ve nev­er set foot in a Wal­mart and don’t ever plan to, unless dragged in by force.) If Harp­er starts to do the kinds of things that Bush did, you can bet I’ll be join­ing oth­ers in a move to get him kicked out via anoth­er elec­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. Pow­er here is not as con­cen­trat­ed into the Exec­u­tive Branch the way it has become in the US (Exec­u­tive Branch? Let’s call a spade a spade: For all intents and pur­pos­es, the ‘Exec­u­tive’ in the US is a Dic­ta­tor, sur­round­ed by Mil­i­tary Regalia and pro­pa­gan­da mer­chants.) There’s a long road that Cana­da would have to trav­el down before we reached the lev­el of cor­rup­tion, fas­cism, reli­gious extrem­ism and mil­i­tarism that defines the US today.

I sub­scribe to some local events cal­en­dars, so events in dark green appear as if by mag­ic on my iCal win­dow. Yes­ter­day I noticed that Dar­ren Bare­foot is host­ing a ‘Drown your Elec­tion Sor­rows’ par­ty at the Library Square Pub­lic House tomor­row. That’s a heck of a way to find out who’s ahead in the polls. As Dar­ren put it: “I believe local elec­tion cov­er­age won’t start until 8:00pm, but you may want to get a head start on your wail­ing and gnash­ing of teeth.” If I weren’t going to be at a Game­lan rehearsal (now Mon­days and Tues­days every week until our con­cert in Feb­ru­ary — ouch!) I’d be there. Not being able to vote on this makes me feel almost as help­less as I felt in the last two stolen US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.