17 October 2015

Election Advice for the Progressive Genealogist

This is not about family history, it's about the history Canadians will collectively be making on Monday.
If like me you're fed up with rampant abuses of power I urge you to vote, and vote wisely to strengthen and preserve our Canadian democracy and values.
Restore a Canada where there is no second class citizenship for those with dual nationality or a right to dual nationality. A Canada where evidence-based legislation gets timely and thorough deliberation in the Commons and the Senate by unmuzzled members exercising their own best judgement. Where we restore the legacy of peacemaking. Where we are not afraid to enquire into social issues like missing and murdered indigenous women. And where we do our part to limit emissions of greenhouse gases.

Don't sell your birthright for a mess of potage - the largest boutique tax credits.

Vote strategically if necessary. The reasons you vote are yours. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If polls show a clear winner in your area vote your choice. Some of Canada's most progressive governments have been minorities. I'd be most happy with a minority government that reaches across party lines - not that I have great expectations of any party keeping all their promises while avoiding corruption and scandal.


Paul Jones said...

Thumbs up from one second-class citizen to another!

Anonymous said...

Very well said John! Everyone get out and exercise your right to vote.

Gail B said...

excellent advice, John.

I am with you all the way on this.

Unknown said...

Thanks, John.
Timely, relevant and right on.

Rod Blaker

David Hook said...

Very well said.

Anonymous said...

Yes! And especially disturbing to genealogists, historians and all those interested in information and research is the current government's attitude to libraries and researchers - what has been happening at Library and Archives Canada over the past years, the closing of so many government libraries and the scattering or destruction of their contents, the interminable delays in processing Acess to Information requests, the muzzling of government scientists, etc.
Elizabeth Vincent

Lamda Louis said...

Genealogy is just one damn generation after another. I get the concept, it's like when the old guys on the team pass the puck and then hang up their skates. Well Canada is behind in the third and Captain Steve, has just fallen through a hole in the ice. Who did he pass the puck to? Hey wait there's nobody left on the team except the mascot Poilievre. Better call up that kid from the boxing ring, Just-in-time Trudeau, at least we know he can skate and has a few old pros backing him up on the bench. Monday is time for a generational change. Bring it on!

Gail B said...

We are on the same page, John. Thanks for saying it so eloquently.

Gail B in St. C.

Lorri Busch said...

Well said. I totally agree.