Saturday, May 22, 2010

What Motivates Canadians?

Not the government violating the treaty rights of First Nations. Not the obscenities of greed at the Vancouver Olympics. Not the possibility that Canada is complicit in torture in Afghanistan. Not (really) Harper's serial assaults on parliamentary democracy.

It seems that we're ALL really incensed (and rightly so) with MP's arrogant, self-interested decision to forbid the Auditor General from looking into their expenses.

Transparency about the spending our tax dollars is essential and there are no "national security" rationalizations to employ here. We should have this. But I wonder why this issue is so much more important than those other ones to my fellow citizens.


JimBobby said...

I think the solidarity across party lines in order to hide the way our employees are spending our money is what's really resonating. Others think the media is whipping us into a frenzy in a quest for dirt.

(fixed typo)

JimBobby said...
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thwap said...

Oh I agree that this is important. And I think the media's attention is motivated partially by this shared citizen outrage.

On the other hand, not as many people are as upset by the lack of transparency over the issue of whether Canadian citizens are being tortured by Syria at our government's behest, or that thousands of innocent Afghan farmers may have been tortured, with some of them being killed, as a result of the way Liberal and Conservative governments see fit to spend our tax dollars.

Do you suppose that if harper refused to bring forth legislation to expand the Auditor-General's mandate and justified this by citing "national security" that at least his own voters would simmer down? I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

90 percent of Canadians are fucking zombies.

thwap said...

Sometimes it sure seems that way.

(Unless you mean that ninety-percent of us are having sex with zombies. That, I don't think is true at all.)