Democracy at work Wednesday June 7, 2006, 0 comments

Canada recently leaned far to the right and elected a Christian Fundamentalist government on a slight majority. The party was elected on a moderate platform which upset hardline right-wing supporters of the party. Some long-time pro-gay Liberal supporters voted for the Conservatives in hopes of a more stable Parliament. After all, its not like any party would commit actual political suicide and roll back gay marriage rights. Right?

Keep this in mind, all of you who voted for the Conservatives because they believed there was no way they’d ever do something like that. An unpopular, controversial federal budget was passed in Parliament yesterday by a recorded unanimous vote, despite no vote being held.

Due to a technicality, which was most certainly exploited by the Conservative government, they were able to pass the budget without a vote.

Don’t think they’ll do the same with gay marriage? This is a government that preached transparency, then limited national media access to the Prime Minister because the national media was “anti-conservative” and was muddying Stephen Harper’s image. This is a government that sent MORE troops to Afghanistan despite the majority of Canadians not supporting military action there. A government that capitulated to the United States over in a trade dispute in which the WTO clearly ruled in Canada’s favour. A government that just short-circuited the parliamentary process in order to destroy national child-care programs and “get women back where they belong”, at home looking after their children.

Better start thinking about how you’re going to explain to your gay friends that they’re no longer married because the party you voted into office thinks being gay is an abomination.


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