Canada wrapped up a general election yesterday, with the Conservatives winning a majority of seats in parliament. How this came to pass, I’m not quite sure, but I’m truly afraid of what the next four years will bring.
From memory, Stephen Harper is the prime minister who wanted to change the law for broadcast journalism standards (current law basically prohibits publishing news which is known to be false, which stops Fox News from operating here), and wanted to fund Fox News North with tax dollars, as though Rupert Murdoch doesn’t have enough money. Stephen Harper is the prime minister who congratulated Toronto police on a job well done after they brutalized protesters during the G20 Summit, holding them in improvised jails for hours while the police hid their name-tags and their faces, and even threatened some detainees with rape. Many people detained were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, local residents and employees. Stephen Harper is the PM who wants to set up the Great Firewall of Canada and remove the presumption of innocence for copyright infringement so that I can be disconnected from the Internet for a year if a copyright holder accuses me of infringement, without having to prove their case. I would need to prove that I didn’t infringe, which I’m not sure is possible.
The list goes on. Humiliation in the International scene for failing to live up to our Kyoto accord promises, actually failing to even admit that climate change is happening and prohibiting scientists from sharing the results of their research publicly. Failure to win a seat on the UN Security Council for the first time. Failure to give a shit about women’s rights, native rights, or even human rights in general.
There’s stuff I’m forgetting, but the questions remain: How could this happen? How could a majority of Canadians vote for this asshole’s party?
I want the world to remember, in the next four years, that we didn’t. About 60% of eligible Canadians voted, and because we have a flawed system, Harper won a majority (54%) of seats with only 39% of the popular vote. That means only about 24% of Canadians actually voted for this party, so please don’t hold him against us. I’d say we’ll try to do better next time, but we really tried to do better THIS time and we got fucked, so I won’t make any promises.