Though there may be numerous valid reasons why Mulcair, Trudeau or May could make great leaders for Canada, there is a plethora of reasons why Harper should not be re-elected.
Harper has continuously proven that regardless of national dismay of some of his policies, he will continue to do what he feels is best.
His personal ideologies outweigh science and facts when it comes to making decisions that are best for Canada and its people.
The foundations of what Canada should be are being shaken, and soon, they will crumble.
Harper opposed Universal Health Care, he wants to gamble with the financial stability of pensioners by replacing the CPP with the untested PRPP, has routinely cut funding for women’s advocacy groups, his economic plans support corporations and the rich but not the average Canadian, he wasted over a billion dollars for the G20 summit that should not have taken place, and the list goes on and on.
We are looking at a government that has made second class citizenship a reality.
They have destroyed protection of Canada’s overwhelmingly beautiful nature. They have blackened out parts of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And yet there are people who continue to vote for this party. Why?
The most simplistic reason – they are brainwashed to think that Harper has actually made Canada a more secure and financially stronger nation.
My friends, this is not true.
By relinquishing our rights and freedoms, does not make Canada more secure.
A quote from recent memory serves this point best, “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say,” said Edward Snowden.
By dismantling Canadian industries, supporting foreign investors, selling our precious resources below value, then masking it as financial success does not make us a financially stronger nation.
We are now more likely to sink with another country’s economy than we are to support ourselves in times of recessions.
The Liberals inherited a $38 billion deficit from the Tories in 1993 and handed $16 surplus back to them in 2006. By 2011, the deficit was at a record $56 billion. This is not strong nor sound financial governing.
Once a beacon of hope, a nation knows for peacekeeping, a nation with adored UN presence, Canada now continues to make strides of being a neo-Canada, not our beloved proto-Canada.
We have frozen foreign aid, we send soldiers not peacekeepers, we invest in weapons not education and we sell our nature instead of protecting it.
Our First Nations people, to whom this country still belongs, are not being treated as first-class or second-class citizens, but instead a third class of citizen. They are hugely ignored. Their views and voices fall on deaf ears. The Harper government does not make amends, they build walls to silence them.
To be Canadian once meant something. It was a badge of pride you wore when you travelled around the world. It was a feeling of inspiration when you were a child. It was an honour to be once called Canadian.
To readers, I have digressed and for that I apologize. I was assigned to write about who would make the best new leader for Canada. Though there are four choices you can make, there is clearly one choice you should not.
This government, who leads without listening to our voices, will continue the dissolution of Canada from its core. They strive for a fascist state and we will soon lose more freedoms.
We as a people hold the reins of a country not yet completely lost. We can change the direction for Canada. We can once again become the world’s beacon of hope.
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