The Throne Speech

The throne speech will be delivered momentarily. I have a cold turkey sandwich at the ready and my PVR is programmed to catch each word that slides from the conservative political machine.
For the mathematically challenged, it represents the voice of the majority. For the politically alive each word comes on the heels of yet another proroguing of parliament. Democracy is sweetest when you can put your foot on its throat for political gain or to avert responsibility.
The senate is a perfect backdrop for the politically uninspired conservatives. I would choke on words of fiscal responsibility to the middle class as my tongue flapped in a chamber void of it. Smoke and mirrors will not work as each consonant passes through the ghosts of Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy. It is not yet November but lest we forget.
The conservative spin is all over the news. Industry Minister James Moore tells us the conservatives are “not the party of big business” but rather that of the middle class. Politically motivated words such as these lose their meaning as the prime minister and any cabinet member who can spell oil migrate regularly to the United States. Is it really the little guy they are concerned about as they weld together their platform for dirty oil? We may never know if Canadian scientists continue to be muzzled by a political party. Keystone will run through and be processed in the backyards of every Canadian. Stephen assures us there is little risk of environmental catastrophe but the process is just that. Does Stephen Harper rewrite and tear up environmental protections in the name of the middle class or because it paves the way for fiscal responsibility to oil executives? We should be able to find out from scientists but the foot rests on their throat as well. Stephen thinks his job is to manoeuvre rather than lead.
If this government thinks my importance as a citizen is as a consumer, I fear I am not only misunderstood but clearly misrepresented. As Canada nears it’s 150th anniversary we need to reflect. When political strategists find a foothold in the minds and hearts of Canadians, we need to consider the fact that its basis is in reality. If Stephen Harper finds votes in a “consumer first” agenda, the shame is shared. Phone bills, banking fees, credit card charges and bumped flights need to change but if a nation makes it front and centre we have been losing much more than money.
One would think that 150 years would be sufficient to care for and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Are we a progressive nation if those without phones, tv’s or vacation destinations are not part of the political “blue”print and agenda? If compassion does not reside at 24 Sussex it becomes a Bed and Breakfast for hollow ambitions.
If my concern is to watch and talk for less or have my seat assured on a flight, I am blind and mute to my fellow citizens and my seat is empty.
If our identity is found in prosperity rather than in equality and concern for those without voice let alone a phone, we need to recharge our smartphones. If compassion has turned to consumerism 150 years becomes an accusation.

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