We are certainly living in exciting times. Montreal is on fire with the largest civilian protests ever seen in Canada. Activists from coast to coast are beaming with excitement as the vast majority of Quebec residents rise up and side with the tenacious student movement, which started as a protest over student tuition increases and has tipped up to becoming about how ridiculously corrupt our Democracy is! We are all Quebecois even if we don’t know it yet, writes Diane Kalen-Sukra about how the values that the movement in Quebec is struggling to hold up are striking a cord with many in Canada, who are mobilising to show support for Quebec’s stand, against its corporate controlled government. After a 100 days of protest the truth is slowly leaking out and is gaining wider and wider support across the entire world. Over 125 cities across North America are having Casseroles marches, in Victoria BC there was one to show solidarity with the activists in Montreal. This is what a Casseroles March looks like VictoriaSquarelyRed!.flv
The Austerity Agenda which is at the bottom of all this is being exposed as the root of all the concern. It seems the Corporations have recognized the importance of investing in politics and now have a firm grip on the halls were decisions are made. This makes for a dramatically different future than most people have thought was in store for them, as we have seen Billions of dollars being transferred over to the biggest and most powerful Corporations in the world, and we the people are stuck with the bills and are having our levels of service restricted sharply because we have run out of money. No kidding! Time to wake up Canada! Where is the Media in all this, well I guess they invested in them as well.
We can take the example of Haiti to see how the world is going and what may be in store for Canada. Haiti after being hit by a massive Earth Quake becomes the centre of attention from the developed world. We as a country of concerned people pour our hearts into creating a supply of relief. Our Government matches $ for $ and the Canadian public feel that Haiti is about to stop hurting, and so we go back to sleep it would seem. For Haiti is still in a dire straights six years later, from lack of housing to lack of potable water, thousands of people have died of cholera, there is chaos on the ground. All we have done is build huge prisons and police stations, and had some new applications for mining. The money for relief is till tied up and it looks more like an occupation than a neighbourly rescue. We made it illegal for the previously elected government to run in the elections? We destroyed the previous constitution and make one that heavily favours Multi-national Corporations. We set up subsidised rice and bankrupted the local economy, Haiti is more dependant now than before and the beneficiaries are the biggest and greediest of all the corporations on the planet. Most of NGOs are complicit in the act of undermining the society that had a 90% popularly elected President, Aristide returning it to the state of dictatorship that it appears to be in now. Good work Canada, I don’t believe that all this is by accident, it seems to be the agenda of our Corporate Government. This action started under a a Liberal Government and Continued under a Conservative Government, all the while the NDP has said nothing. It is this silence that scares me most, as it is really permission to continue.
Human Rights Abuses in Brazil’s Favelas Ahead of World Cup and Olympics is the kind of thing I am talking about, shooting people because they are in the way of a soccer stadium parking lot? What is going on the Canada I knew would be up in arms about this but here in the Great White North we don’t even know about it. Military and Police steam rolling through to make room for Multi-national Corporation who hold themselves above the law. This is Fascism and it is growing rampantly. Look to London England the centre of the civilized world supposedly and it is gearing up for world war three on its own people over a sporting event. Things are going badly for freedoms and liberties and yet no one is saying anything. No one is really standing up to this new agenda, not the NDP the Liberals or any of the backbenching Conservatives. Save one Elizabeth May! Canada deserves several more politicians like her.
This has left us with in a bad situation, where I am hoping many more Canadians will rise to the call to clean house and refresh our democracy. We have a long a proud history of being for human rights, though we have rarely shown them to our neighbour the indigenous people of this land. Amnesty International had to file complaints against us, for harbouring war criminals, passing prisoners of war over to countries that use torture, and for how neglected many native communities are. Some with out even potable drinking water while right next door is a diamond mind. Not my Canada.
There are things you can do, like take to the streets with pots and pans. Pull off the mask of corporate media and share real relevant news with your neighbours. Remember that the media is there to sell advertising not to assist you in your stand against Multi-National Corporations, so tell their advertisers that your not buying and why. Join in an online community and send out your messages. Move your money to empower local banks and credit unions who were not part of the Banksters Cabal who drove the crash of 2008 and haven’t been reined in yet.
The forces at work here are very rich and powerful and have to spend a lot of money to create the conditions that help lead our government off track. All we have to do is make some noise about what is really going on and wake up our neighbours. This time we are not settling for the next worst government we have to go all the way and end corporate control of our democracy. We need to do more than vote for our democracy to remain vital we have to campaign, debate and share. I have every faith that the people of Canada can achieve real change, we have to.
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