I BELIEVE in a world where the people hold the power, not the corporations. I don’t believe Stephen Harper carries the same agenda. When I look at the global economic and political landscape, I think we are foolish to believe anything but that Canada has been in a depression since 2008. One need only to look at the wool that has been pulled over our eyes regarding any sort of economic recovery ever having taken place to realize that our middle and lower classes are currently under siege. We have been surrounded and the corporate army at the gate is digging in, waiting to starve us out. Stephen Harper is a valiant pawn in that army, always moving forward, towing the line, side-swiping anyone who may try and flank him any chance he gets. The Harper government does not work for the people of Canada, they work for the few who wish to own the people of Canada.
The fact is, Stephen Harper and the conservative agenda are firm believers in Milton Freidman’s Chicago-style economics. Take away all regulation, and the companies will regulate themselves due to changes in the demand and the market. The reality of the situation, however, is that these companies will regulate themselves only for maximizing profit and minimizing deficit. They do not care for our environment, and I don’t believe they ever will. Here in Squamish, the Woodfibre debate ties right into this not only here in our Howe Sound but also in the grand spectrum. What are they putting into our ground to get the gas out to even ship it here to be liquefied? Why should we trust an MNC whose sole mandate is to maximize profit for their shareholders to tell us what they are doing is safe? Shouldn’t we, the people, and our government be passing laws to ensure that they do, not scrapping them and giving them more freedom to destroy without consequence? I want a government with teeth when it comes to what is right for Canadians and our environment. Not just any teeth, but a set of fangs Vlad the Impaler himself would be jealous of.
Harper has taken away many of our rights as Canadians in passing Bill C-51 and is making it increasingly more fearful for Canadians to use their right to protest anything that he has done. I look to vote for a party which will revoke that bill if given a majority in the house. The time is now for us to stand up against the few who wish to control the many, and indebt us into submission via a global economic lie that has been indoctrinated in all of us since we could walk and talk. One need only to look at the average household debt in Canada creeping up and up to realize that this is happening. It becomes increasingly difficult for people to think for themselves, and rationalize about the bigger picture when we are all struggling to keep a roof over our head and food on our table. The guise of jobs, growth, and economy is empty promises designed to manipulate us into thinking that somewhere down the line, things will get better. Harper does not care about you, he does not care about me, and he sure doesn’t care about our future grandchildren. I urge everyone to consider this, and instead of buying into his fear, terror, and attack-opposition campaign to think for yourself, look at the bigger picture, and make the change to bring Canada back to being a shining light of hope in the world. STOP HARPER’S REGIME.
Will Ross is a professional musician, writer and local activist.