Over the decades there have been politicians who were compelling, thrilling, charismatic, inspiring, motivating, electrifying. With their passion to make the world a better place, they could draw people in and with their words alone they sometimes mobilized mighty social movements for change.
Then you have modern day Canadian (career) politicians. They are none of these things. Unless you're talking about the recent spate of evolution deniers, I get about as excited about the current Canadian political environment as I might for watered down cabbage soup and stinky-sock flavoured tea for Sunday lunch over at the Legion Hall.
Stephen Harper, for instance is about as interesting as wood rot - which is why he's so goddamn dangerous. He paralyzes me with his lackluster personality just before eating out my brain, raping the environment, muzzling the scientists and destroying the world.
Still, it would be interesting to know where my local politicians really stand on
I'll send these off to my politicians via e-mail and/or snail mail to see what happens. I'll update you guys if I get any response.
Meanwhile, here are some of these which resonate with me.
Do you support repealing Section 296 of the Criminal Code which makes “blasphemy” a crime?I would add questions like this:
Do you support repealing paragraph 319(3)(b) of the Hate Propaganda provisions of the Criminal Code because it exempts religious discourse from prosecution, thus granting a dangerous privilege to religions, permitting them to make hateful statements with impunity?
Do you support closing Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom?
Do you think that theology faculties should be banned in all public universities and that no taxpayer funding should be provided to support any sectarian religious instruction?
Do you accept the theory of evolution by natural selection as fact using the scientific definition of theory?
Do you believe that churches and other religious organizations should pay their fair share of property taxes?Go check out the complete list and, please, for the sake of my child, overcome your paralyzing boredom and cynicism and get involved. If you try, I will try too.
Do you believe that pastors and clergy should pay normal taxes on their lodging like other Canadians?