Man, with all that’s currently going on with politics, it’s hard to feel anything positive about Canada right now. Trying hard to remember it’s good things. It’s a country full of beautiful art and music and theatre, beautiful cultures from the Maritime Provinces all the way out West in BC. A place where same-sex marriage is legal across the country, a place where in MOST provinces abortions are free and legal (Prince Edward Island, are you still the only one? No good). A place of free health care. Somewhere that used to care about its environment and was committed to peace, somewhere that used to say “No” when pressured to go to war and sent peacekeepers to the UN instead, somewhere that used to want to hear from our scientists. When was the last time you heard any good science out of Canada? Oh yeah, that’s because the Harper government has LITERALLY SILENCED THEM FROM STATING THEIR FINDINGS BECAUSE IT COULD INTERFERE WITH BIG PHARMACEUTICAL AND AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS. Not to mention the tax bailouts for the dirty oil in the West because they’re all Harper’s buddies.
I wouldn’t live anywhere else but Canada, but it’s time to stop running from our shittiest parts and do something about them, starting first and foremost with nurturing and doing right by our Aboriginal population, getting out of military conflicts in the Middle East instead of expanding our involvement, caring about our environment again, protecting our trans population. And we can at least get started on the right path by not voting for fucking Harper and the Conservative Party come next election. Canada, let’s do better.