Monday, August 31, 2009


There was a brilliant little op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen yesterday, "The True North strong and mean." A little incident this past week did not go unnoticed by the writer, as it didn't for many Canadians. It was the contrast in how gracious Brian Mulroney was in speaking about Ted Kennedy's death with what our Prime Minister did. He offered a one-line statement, no more. That small gesture was all too symbolic of the mindset of this government, found most recently in the positions taken on Omar Khadr and the citizenship cases we've seen play out this summer, examples cited here. The piece is a great read on what many of us feel about the partisan and perpetually small-minded nature of this government:
Watching the national soul being whittled down by those who know only the narrow path is exhausting and saddening, especially when the path may be less ideological than just tragically limited. Perhaps mean thinkers are simply not gifted and lack the tools to think broadly.

Whatever the reason, they lead shrivelled lives, which is entirely their right. The tragic thing is, they want the rest of us to do the same, individually and nationally.

It is time to say, "Enough."
(h/t pb)