Replacing Merry Christmas...Indigenous needs...Politicians mining for votes
My Canada has been silent again due to other projects. Regardless the subjects that possibly should be commented upon are swirling around the internet on all social media venues. We will start with a comment on the Christmas, New Year's season. In the past the celebrations were meant to primarily celebrate the anniversary of Christ's birth and of course dawning of a new year. That's changed in recent times to commercialism dominating the celebration even by merchants and others practicing other religions that don't really celebrate Christmas with Christians. The escalating commercialism surrounding the season seems to have an effect to varying degrees on most people. It should be difficult to embrace spending lavishly on toys, new cars, household furniture and other expensive often unnecessary Christmas gifts. Especially while many in underdeveloped countries and even in Canada some families don't have the money to properly feed some children. Even the new language surrounding the season such as changing the Merry Christmas greeting to Happy Holidays seems to reflect more of a commercial exercise in an ongoing drive to strengthen the nation's economy while making sure it doesn't alienate those practicing other faiths.
Next on the agenda is a commentary on aboriginal, native or as it is now called Indigenous issues. The mess the Truth and Reconciliation plus Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women commissions are encountering is absolutely atrocious as is almost every other initiative now and in the past involving the Indigenous community. If people think about it the solution is likely as simple as creating citizen equality allowing Indigenous populations to make their own decisions. Even after centuries of misguided programs and projects it seems the government and its various agencies are still determined to keep Indigenous people from attaining the same power within confederation as say the Quebec separatist movement. Maybe the reasons such as the need to upgrade lives on isolated reserves among a host of other problems are simply too monumental. However it was past government programs that were supposed to benefit those poor original occupants of this land that created most of the inhuman practices government is now trying to rectify. A country within a sovereign nation or even two such entities which would include the Quebec situation threatening separation might seem impossible but My Canada has dealt with and overcome many such situations in its brief history as a country. Such is the reason most other nations admire the way this small country seems to be able to find solutions to their own dilemmas while assisting other nations struggling with adversity. So there is an obvious need to eliminate the political opportunism and self promotion in misguided efforts to obtain individual wealth while solving the shameful practice results by past government parties. Every time a project was undertaken the reason for implementation was always “for the good of the majority”, which after such publicized instances as residential schools and even creating reserves continues to blight this otherwise idealistic country.
This week's final item will include a favourite subject. Political direction and the need for reform to serve the public in reality means a return to the real reason for electing representatives to represent the majority in any riding. As mentioned many times in My Canada articles, politics today is different and probably for the most part less local need oriented than in the past. Political change can't be commented upon without including American leader President Donald Trump currently creating worldwide controversy. However Trump isn’t the only politician performing in any fashion that pleases the leader and his political backers. Every North American politician at every level it seems must be in the limelight taking credit for everything that happens just to mine votes for the next election. Maybe if office terms were shorter like in the past those elected to office would be more likely to chase votes by introducing programs benefiting the average person rather than individual political parties. Its obvious party leaders, administrators and organizers were aware of the benefit when legislating in the past to increase the time between elections. Political representatives knew the move would be more of advantage to political parties than the people depended on for votes. The situation includes politicians at all stripes from national, to provincial, state and municipal. It seems those elected to represent voter interest and needs only react now to issues or situations corresponding with party dictates. The practice seems to be making democracy edge ever closer to dictatorship in many if not most democracies. My Canada isn’t an exception after being told by every party before most elections everything would change. On the other hand there isn’t a better system in the world so citizens of democracies can only hope dictatorship attempts will be stymied as always happened in the past couple of centuries. History sends a precaution to thinking today’s democracies will automatically survive since traditional life span of most freedom loving societies is about two hundred years.