Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why I'm glad to see the Harper government go

I'm the first one to admit that I'm not the most well informed of voter out there.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that I've completely missed a few elections in the past.  Yes, I'm predisposed to be that oblivious.  Some people actually suggest that people like me do more harm than good in the democratic process and should just not get involved.  I am trying to do better, I am trying to be a responsible and informed voter because I think it is important and it does matter.

Now you may wonder why am I so happy to see Harper go?  Beside the obvious lack of transparency related to the cost of his programs I have the following two reasons.

  1. The unnecessary changes to the mandatory Canadian census (long and short forms), irreversibly jeopardizing years of consistent data collecting from which we can make informed decisions.
  2. Prison privatization.  Even if it is unconfirmed and bordering on conspiracy theory paranoia I shiver at the thought of converting our prison system to a business model that needs a steady supply of criminals.
All in all I'm concerned enough  to get off my rear and get informed and involved.


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