Yes we care

On Saturday, January 23 I along with thousands of others across the country said, “Yes we care”. Even Frosty the Snowman showed up to raise his voice. Frosty cares too. Be careful Mr. Harper. Canadians really dislike arrogance.

I think Rick Mercer gets to the heart of things. He says:

For the first time in a very long time the Liberals and the Tories are essentially tied, well at least they’re within the margin of error. Now polls never tell the full story but this much is certain: whenever the party in power drops 15 points in 15 days, you can be assured of one thing — someone in charge just did something really stupid.

In this case the Prime Minister figured he could suspend Parliament for three months and get away with it, because in his words Canadians just don’t care. Boy was he wrong. Wow. He should get out more. Maybe go to a Tim Horton’s. Get a feel for the place.

See this is what I love about Canada. Yes, we are apathetic. But the minute anyone tries to use our apathy against us suddenly we start to care big time. It’s funny the Prime Minister doesn’t get this. Instead he just keeps saying, “Oh, don’t worry. Yes, I’ve suspended Parliament, but don’t worry, I’m hard at work.” You know what? Big deal, of course he’s at work, he’s the prime minister. I’m sure Raul Castro’s gonna put in a full day tomorrow running Cuba, we just like to think that the bar is set a little bit higher up here.

Bottom line is Canadians got together, we elected 308 Members of Parliament to go to Ottawa and represent us and one Member of Parliament – Stephen Harper – sent them packing.

Prime Minister, with all due respect, I know it’s your job to run the country, I’m glad you’re hard at it. But it’s the voters who get to send MPs home. And with poll numbers like this, you might want to keep that in mind.

We rallied with nearly 500 others at the University of Winnipeg. We marched through the downtown to our Provincial legislature. We shouted all sorts of rhyming quips. We cheered as cars honked in support. We sang our national anthem with pride.

To end this post, I think I need only share the last three lines of the Canadian anthem en francais. (Since I was 5, I have sung the last three lines in French.)

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée/thy valour steeped in faith
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits/will protect our homes and our rights
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits/will protect our homes and our rights

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