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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Letter From a Political Neophyte

A copy of this letter arrived in my inbox recently.......

Dear Stephen
About 6 months ago, a friend of mine told me that I need to learn more about Canadian politics, especially during an election. He was right, so I decided to start with learning about you and your government. I certainly don't have the extent of political knowledge that my friend has, but I now have a better understanding about you and what your party stands for. Next I will be studying about Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, then Thomas Mulcair and the NDP and then Elizabeth May and the Greens. I was planning on attending one of your campaign stops the next time you were in Toronto, hoping to shake your hand and ask you why I should vote for you, but I was told that was not possible, because Canadians can only attend your campaign stops if their given an invitation and there are various people, in your party who decide which Canadians get those invitations. All of that seemed confusing to me. As I've said, I am not that politically aware, but aren't you, in an election, supposed to be talking with everyone, especially seeing as you're the PM . I thought well maybe he's isolating himself because of the lingering fear he still feels, from when he hid in the closet, in the Conservative Caucus Room, while hiding from a gunman who went on a shooting rampage just outside of that room. I wouldn't go as far as many of my friends and call you a coward, but you must admit that the image of you hiding in a closet is not a good one. Even with your invitation only campaign though, I didn't want to just ignore you completely and talk only to the other 3 leaders, so I decided to write you this email letter and ask you, what I can't ask you in person, why should I vote for you? I know you're a man of few words, but I'm a woman of many words, so please bear with me.

I am a senior and recently my benefits have been reduced. I thought, well, maybe he needs the money, you know, to balance the budget that you talk so much about. My friend though, who is also a senior, was livid. I have another friend who is not yet 65, but who is also very angry, because she says with you in power, she will have to wait until she's 67 to get her pension. In one of the articles I read about you, it said you never really travelled outside of Canada until you became Prime Minister. You must have really loved Canada, if you never wanted to leave it. By the way Goerge W. Bush was the same way, he never left the U.S. until he was President. I guess you both have that in common. I myself have travelled a fair amount. When I was twenty, after travelling in Europe with a friend, I decided to stay and live in Amsterdam for a year. You wouldn't have liked it there though, because smoking grass and hash were and still are legal In Holland. I loved it. The Dutch were some of the nicest people I had ever met.
I understand your favourite era is the 50's. You probably like the television shows that played then, like Leave it to Beaver and Father knows Best. I grew up watching those shows, but my favorite era was the 60's There were such incredibly dynamic leaders then, like JFK, RFK, Malcolm X, Martin LutherJR, Lester Pearson, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, to name just a few. There was also so much upheaval . I remember the race riots in Detroit. Gordon Lightfoot wrote a song about them "Black Day in July", which was censored for awhile from being heard on the radio in Detroit. You probably know it , because I understand you really like the music from the 60's, especially the Beatles. I also read where you sing and play the piano and the first time you went to Israel you played the piano and sang for them. One journalist I read said watching and listening to you was "cringe worthy", but I never saw you, so I don't know. It must be something being the Prime Minister of Canada. Flying in your own plane. Having your own entourage front and back taking you where ever you want to go. You must feel pretty important. I remember Pierre Trudeau, most times, was either driven in the backseat of a single car or he drove himself in his Mercedes. If he were alive today, I wonder what he would think of your entourage? He never much liked them for himself. I also found out that , because of the Israeli 7 wk bombardment on the Palestinian people,there were severely injured ,Palestinian children, who Canadian doctors, together with Canadians and the Palestinian community wanted to bring to Canada, so the doctors could operate on the most severely wounded and hopefully in the process prevent some of these children from losing their limbs.Other countries like Germany and sweden were already doing these operations for a number of Palestinian children, but in Canada, you, Stephen, refused these children visas. When I read this I was really upset, but then I read that you were exploring other kinds of aid and I felt better. I knew that you wouldn't outright refuse these innocent children, some, needing life saving medical help, from coming to Canada, so I searched and searched and searched and couldn't find the programs for the other kinds of aid you said you would be offering to the wounded Palestinian children. Perhaps when you email me back, you can tell me what those programs are and where I can read about them and how your programs are helping these Palestinian children. Something else I've learned about you is that you really, really like the Queen, almost obsessively so. I'm not sure what authority she holds over Canada these days, but another friend of mine said that you want Canada to go back to being a British colony and also to be called The Dominion of Canada again and our anthem to be both "God Save The Queen" and "The Maple Leaf Forever." That's far too complicated for me to figure out. I think your obsession with the Queen is simply because you see her as a mother figure.

I'm not, like some of my friends, a deep thinker who can analyze and explain your policies and programs, but I know the people whom you call elites can. I was at a party the other night and one of the guests said you were a fascist tyrant whose flawed legislation put forth, was meant to eliminate The Charter of Rights and Freedom and place all of the power with the PM. That would be you. Another man called this guest horrible names and got so angry that his face turned purple, sort of like the man at one of your campaign stops, who yelled and screamed at the reporters who were just trying to ask their 5 allowed question. I understand also that he was one of the guests that you took with you, when you went to the Ukraine. I don't know for sure and I don't want to jump to judgement, but was that trip tax payer funded? I've decided that I'm going to judge who I am going to vote for on how they are on the humanitarian issues, because as I said my knowledge doesn't extend to policies, programs, trade deals and legislation. I'll leave that to people like my learned friends. Lately, I've been trying to learn as much as I can about Justin Trudeau, trying to figure out what kind of Prime Minister he would make. I know you hate his Dad and judging by the Conservative ads about him, that are continually played on TV, you don't much like him either. In closing I would just like to add that I think you are very hard to connect with. You don't attend many debates and you're not having any sit down TV interviews and of course your campaign by invitation only is not helping. Maybe you're just really shy, but you really need to make youself more available. I am really looking forward to your response to my letter and answer to my question, why I should vote for you. Right now though, I'm hurrying out the door to meet a friend. Justin Trudeau is doing a campaign stop in downtown Toronto and we are going to attend. I'll shake his hand, but more importantly , I have a few questions I want to ask him. I say this last comment only in jest, but wouldn't it be funny if Justin Trudeau,the son of the man you despise the most in the world won the election. Just saying.

Canadian Gal From T.O.

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Lorne said...

This is great, Rural. Thanks for posting it!

Rural said...

I am fairly certain that the "Gal from T.O." is far from a Neophyte, Lorne!