Lest we, in our post-Olympic euphoria, forget…
When we last left our MPs, wandering aimlessly through the wilds of Ottawa, Stephen Harper had prorogued Parliament in an attempt to avoid embarrassing questions about mistreated Afghan detainees, thereby committing contempt of Parliament – a serious crime. An upcoming Liberal MP’s motion is designed to drag this issue kicking and screaming back into the light of day.
Remember, way back when, before we kicked ass and broke records (better than the opposite, I admit) at the Winter Games? The blatant disregard for Parliament and the Canadian people displayed by the arrogant figurehead for the fundamentalist right? Is this ringing any bells?
I think it’s safe to say that Harper prorogued Parliament specifically to avoid everyone remembering these events – he can take credit for the equally arrogant “Own the Podium”, while distracting people with the sound of jingling gold medals, like a baby distracted by a set of keys.
My point? DO NOT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT. Resume (or begin) showing the proper level of intellectual curiosity that each of us as citizens are bound to do – it is the compact we make with our country when we vote, or when we benefit from the social safety net established for our welfare. We cannot, and should not, coast through life with any sense that we have no duty to our fellow citizens or our country, that we need not get involved in the democratic process. The basis of a truly advanced civil society is a mutual concern for your fellow citizens. If not for some abstract idea like ‘Canada’, can you participate, stay informed and vote responsibly for the sake of others who have done the same for you as a fellow citizen?
Constant talk of ‘rights’ has obscured or lessened the importance of ‘duty’. This is what Harper is counting on. Let’s call him on it.