Friday, 14 October 2011

Occupy Canada!

It's currently 11:28PM and I felt it necessary to add an entry about the events that are planned to take place tomorrow. Occupy Canada should begin around 1PM tomorrow and will take place in various cities across Canada, mainly aimed at the financial districts within those cities.

Why is this important for not only you, but the direction of this country?

I wish the answer was a simple one, but in an attempt to break it down for you I will just say one word..corruption.Corruption is a very strong word and is accompanied by many different branches, almost like that pesky garden weed you have been trying all summer to kill.

Anyone with a pair of eyes and a television knows that the world is currently going through a financial crisis and many previously solid financial foundations have become very shaken as a result. There is a lot of uncertainty present and possibly more instability then before 2008, when the crisis reached a peak. Unfortunately, we are about to witness another peak coming soon and this will ultimately affect many aspects of our daily life.

The occupy Canada movement is one that has received mixed support overall. Many people feel our system is on the right track and does not require any intervention, since the media and our government have stated countless times that we are doing much better then the world as a whole.

The truth may scare you, but it is important that you know. Our country does need an Occupy protest and to be honest with you even that isn't enough. Yes, we have done better then most and our country and values are strong, but we are in a state illusion if we think our current system will be sustainable.

There have been many uprisings around the world, most notably the Arab Spring in the Middle East. Our country differs with these uprisings only in that these countries did not have a democracy in place and had nothing else to lose in the pursuit of change. Our country on the other hand claims to have a democracy, but it has become very sick, corrupt and misguided and as a result the direction of our country is rapidly changing. The worst thing about this is that the change is being done without our consent as the people of Canada and is being done in secret, a change that will affect you and make your life a lot more difficult...unless you win the lottery or start up a company that becomes very successful. Winning the lottery is very difficult and with today's consumer base and market irregularity, its going to be one hell of a ride for that new company your starting.

I applaud those who will be attending tomorrows Occupy Canada rallies and will be attempting to join the occupy Bay Street rally tomorrow at 1PM. The corruption seeping into our political system cannot be allowed to continue or else more damage will occur and if left unchecked will be almost impossible to fix in our generation.

Corporations have become more powerful then ever and as a result have been able to successfully lobby government or insert direct supports into government seats. This has created a cycle that has led to corporations literally writing legislation that benefits their own goals and is introduced by government officials who have been sponsored by them. What has come out of this is a system where the average Canadian is promised further change and is used to legitimize member victories, then forgotten about when the time for real work comes.

What can we do? We need to show our government that this corruption must come to an end. Canada like many other western countries has provided an example to many other nation states and I believe has helped them in their pursuit for freedom. Unfortunately, our very own freedom continues to become corrupted from the inside and we barely notice or act.

The market is the balance of the Capitalist system, but there must be places where it is not allowed to influence, the government being the most important of these places. How can we allow the complete opposite of democracy to have influence on something we call a democratic process. More importantly, how can we continue to label corporations with the status of citizen and hand over to them the basic rights we often take for granted? People complain about illegal immigration and how these individuals take and take without giving back, but these very same people buy items on a daily basis and pay bills, both contributing to their local economy. The true illegal immigrants that exist within this country come in the form of corporations, entities that want rights, but do nothing in order to maintain them, they barely pay tax and if anything spend money in order to circumvent our laws and get away with as much as possible in the pursuit of pure individual profit. A corporation does not buy groceries, it does not visit your neighborhoods annual barbeque and bring a dish for everyone to enjoy. Many of these large corporations simply take what they can and downsize what they can get away with, which at a systemic level leaves them with a wide selection of people to pick and choose from. What is worse now is that these very same large corporations are able to intercept government and continue degrading their contributions to society as tax rates and loopholes continue to be given to them, while you and I worry at night where our next meal might come from.

So tomorrow, when you see these young individuals occupy Bay Street for more transparency and continued regulation for our fragile democracy, do not call them job less Hippies, because even if they weren't protesting, there aren't many jobs available out there for them to be doing anyways and we have to ask why this is when our government continues to feed us information showing us the exact opposite.

Until next time.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Stephen Harper's Canada: History's Newest Empire?

September 11, 2001: Terrorists hijack American civilian planes and crash them into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. America is shaken as the realization that they can become vulnerable to attack becomes reality.

2008: After years of fighting on two fronts, the American military is stretched and American coffers are dwindling under extreme debt due to increased borrowing.

2010-2011: Stephen Harper announces to the Canadian people that amid the fear and recessions rampant around the world and within the United States of America, Canada shines as an example of restraint and fiscal responsibility. Our country according to Stephen will weather the recession and economic downturn and come out on top while other countries continue to struggle. As a result, Canadians should not worry about the economy as the Conservative government has everything under control.

After the most recent federal election, less then 60% of eligible voters came out to voice their opinion about how their country should be run and who should run it. Of this 60% around 39% voted for a Conservative majority, while 40% of Canadians stayed home and chose not to voice themselves. The result of this low turnout has led to a guarantee of 4 years of Conservative majority and enough "playtime" to allow Stephen Harper and his government to put into place the changes they have been itching to make. These changes along with "Economic Stimulus" will create a stronger Canada, a more resilient Canada, a Canada that we can all be proud of.... So proud in Harper's eyes that we as a country will become the next great empire for history to witness.

Alright, I get it, I made you read all of the above text to basically reiterate what my title clearly states. Why you must ask have I put your eyes through such work? Well, the answer is literally rising up all around you and is flowing through the news on a daily basis.

What history will tell of the decade of 2001-2011 is that the world witnessed the ultimate rise of a new form of power relations, one that has existed among us for as long as civilization has existed, but until now did not get the proper attention it needed.

In Stephen Harper's Canada, the corporation is the most valuable tool a government vying for supreme power can utilize and in order to ensure this power is allowed to rise, those who oppose it must be kept in check.

We now live in a country where a bank and corporation has more power over the government then the majority of Canadian citizens who allow that same government to exist. So entrenched is this symbiotic power relationship that the very government that promises to work for Canadians, continues to impose policies that do exactly the opposite.

An overused, but sadly true example of this will be the new Crime Omnibus Bill going through right now as we speak. This new bill proposes stricter sentences and rules regarding criminal activity and will cost the Canadian tax payer billions of dollars. Who will profit from this increase in muscle power? Think about it....if billion dollar prisons are to be built alongside the introduction of this bill coupled in with the very expensive jet deal that is coming very soon....yea you guessed right...private corporations that are all friends with Mr. Harper. Cost is not an issue though, since Harper isn't really paying for any of this, neither is his government. You will be paying for these changes, your children will be paying for them and your grandchildren might see the end of all the payments when they hit middle age.

That is right folks, Canada is going to rise up among the ashes of the economic disaster that has already hit and is becoming worse on a daily basis. As many other countries begin to implode due to their economic instability, Canada and it's banks will only increase their power and continue to buy up the necessary assets from other countries that will ensure our control over the world. While history has shown us that many empires have required a heavy military presence to achieve this, Canada will laugh in it's face as we acquire assets that are literally screaming at us to bail them out or buy them due to the economic stress they are facing.

If we allow Stephen Harper to continue down this path we as a people are going to see the extent of the rise of the Canadian Empire, except it will not be the average citizen benefiting from this rise, but the corporations entrenched within the Canadian government.

Although this entry serves to be a distopian view of what the future may hold for our beautiful country, do not take it lightly as many changes that are being given life now have the ability to turn in the ugly reality of a Canada that focuses on profit margins and an increase in power and not the pursuit of life, liberty and good government.

Today October 12, 2011 Stephen Harper made his most recent attempt to undermine the Canadian people for the benefit of one of his corporate buddies. Collective bargaining was undermined when the government made a motion to stop Air Canada flight attendants from striking. It starts small people, stop people from grouping here and then hit them a little harder next time until we get to the point where coming together for anything the government does not like will be seen as criminal and lead to a prison term. "Canada cannot afford democracy is what Stephen Harper says every time he aims at Canadians trying to voice themselves or improve their quality of life." The question we must ask is are we going to let it get that far? 

On a side note, if you get a chance you should check out some alternative Canadian media that is not owned by a monopoly or very wealthy Canadian family.

Operation Maple:

Until next time folks and may that next time come soon and hopefully from freedom and not one of Harper's new mega prisons!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Liberal Party of Ontario, The Election and The Voter

Election day is upon us within 5 days, well 4 days since it's past 12AM.

As the polls stand there is no clear winner and like many other polls, these polls prove they are just as inaccurate as the rest. Who knows who will win, only the night of October 6th will finally decide which party will hold the most power within our province.

I have left the Liberal party for last because they coincide with my political prediction for this election. Ontario will either see an NDP or Liberal minority come to power in this election. As much as the NDP stand against the Liberals, they cannot fight the reality that many of their proposed changes coincide nicely with the Liberal agenda. As a result, we are going to see these two parties work together to ensure that the Progressive Conservatives are not allowed a majority.

How does this play out for you, the voter? Well, regardless of what you do your going to have to vote. Unfortunately, the majority of society has either become so I am being to nice here...the majority of society has become so dumbed down, so watered down that they have forgotten why voting is so important, maybe they never learned in the first place. This has to stop and it doesn't matter how many elections we have, if we continue to allow our society to dumb down and care more about what some bimbos on Jersey Shore are doing as opposed to whats going on around them, then we leave not only an uncertain future for ourselves and our children, but also the very weakening of democracy itself.

The Liberal party of Ontario has not been perfect, in fact they have done some things that can only be described as down right discriminatory. However, they have also accomplished a lot with regards to forwarding our province and directing us in toward a greener and more sustainable future. Their implementation could have been a hell of a lot better, but Dalton McGuinty has made it clear with this election that he knows how to play the political game and he is an election oriented politician. This is his time to shine and regardless of the negative things his party has accomplished, they pale in comparison to the positive things that have come out of it. Sometimes you have to get really dirty and piss a lot of people off in order to get the right things done at the right time. Nothing is truer when it comes to Dalton McGuinty's Liberal party and the accomplishments they have achieved.

A lot of your money has been spent and when I say a lot, I mean a ton, more then you could count in a year has either been spent or is about to be spent in order to change the direction Ontario is heading in. I cannot entirely disagree with this change, however I do believe better implementation could have been used to help Ontarians transition much easier.

Party politics aside though, I believe we are going to see a Liberal minority regardless of what any poll says or regardless of any smear campaigns the PC party has released.

The HST for example may be harmful on our basic necessities, but it has allowed corporations to flourish because of the simplicity and increase to their competitiveness that it has brought. This has made it easier for a corporation or business to operate in Ontario, even if it pinches the little guy more then he should be. As much as many people wish to remove this tax, no new party elected has any plans on doing anything with it. Why you might ask? Simply put, these parties understand why the HST is useful to our competitiveness and only want to put in efforts to make life easier on Ontarians by removing it from necessities such as gas and hydro.

This election, get out there and seriously look into voting. In the federal election that saw a Conservative was the inability for people to vote that paved the way for Harper to win. Of the 60% of people who voted, 39% voted the Cons into a majority. Had those extra 40% needed to vote actually got off their asses and voted, the result could have been much different.

So to recap, Liberal minority coming our way with a rise in the NDP status. This will ultimately show us some more change as each party will have an increase in their effectiveness. It may also lead to another election in two years if the parties cannot play nice.

What do you think about my verdict? What is your overall impression with the Liberal party and their current 8 year reign? Do you think a minority government is heading our way and if so, would this lead to better change for Ontario?

Actually post something in response and lets discuss this, you might not think politics is important, but your only allowing those who want to control you the power to do so. Think for yourself, see where your standing and put an X on that voting paper come October 6th, your doing a lot more then you think you are.