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Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the…man who walks past [you]…at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…

If the future of the Conservative Party of Canada is either Kevin O’Leary, Kellie Leitch or Brad Trost, the future of that party will be akin to the tea party movement in the USA.

All of these candidates have bigoted platforms.

Kellie Leitch wants to screen every visitor, immigrant and refugee to Canada for ‘Canadian Values’ (and have immigrants pay for it); she has celebrated Donald Trump’s win. She’s also anti-abortion. Previously in government she was behind the xenophobic barbaric cultural practices hotline, and wanted to strip healthcare from refugees.

Brad Trost is anti-abortion, is a huge transphobe (he’s posted warning about transgender people using bathrooms) and wants to ban same sex marriage. He’s a climate changer denier. Brad Trost has supported sexist chants of ‘lock her up’ towards Alberta’s premier, Rachel Notley.

Kevin O’Leary has a slew of terrible, almost Donald Trump like ideas such as: Banning unions, and jailing anyone who remains in a union, selling seats in the Canadian Senate and massively cutting spending in the Canadian government (goodbye social security). Kevin O’Leary wants to run the Canadian government as a business, which is terrible for so many reasons.

All 3 of these candidates are running to lead one of Canada’s major political parties. To date only a member from the Liberal Party or a Conservative party has been elected as PM in this country.

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities; the political, the religious, the educational authorities, who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, “informing”, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.
Think for yourself. Question authority.
—  Timothy Leary
  • Some Canadian: What the fuck is wrong with the Americans, electing Donald Trump? How could they possibly look at Incompetent Cheeto Hitler there and think ''yeah I want that guy to be running my country?'' I guess there's lots of inbreeding down in the south, eh?
  • Same Canadian: Yeah, I'd vote for Kevin O'Leary; he's a billionaire so I figure he must know something about the economy.

Tonight has drawn a line under the evil of fascism. The border will not protect us. It is no more use to wonder “what will this international trend look like once it reaches Canada?” It’s here. We must throw it out.

We must lobby our MPs to tighten laws against hate speech; to shutter their propaganda outlets and to redouble their efforts to prevent radicalisation. Our political parties, especially the Conservatives, must make clear that they will not tolerate this, and expel garbage of such like as Leitch, Trost, and O’Leary. 

And above all, we must protect our fellow citizens, regardless of race, class, gender or creed.

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.
—  Timothy Leary