My Canada Includes…The Future!

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Inspired by Nora Loreto [again], I am starting to frame my vision for what Canada should be after C-51, the TRC report and the October 19, 2015 federal election.

Here are my initial thoughts:

I’d love it for the very foundation upon which Canada [sic] is built, to crumble! We can start a national dialogue to re-imagine it, but way better than for 1982. This time, let’s go with:

– a distinct Quebec society
– First Nations at the table as equ
– repeal C-51 and get our Charter back
– repeal the Indian Act
– no Senate
– proportional representation
– dump the monarchy
– pay equity
– a national minimum wage as the living wage
– fair trade, not free trade [so dump NAFTA and all the rest…]
– move to the post-carbon energy and transportation infrastructure
– real and complete Medicare
– national strategies for housing, childcare, mental health, environment, seniors…
– repealing corporate personhood

Is that too much to ask? [Hint: no!]

MY CANADA includes all that!

And probably more!

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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2 thoughts on “My Canada Includes…The Future!”

  1. All are good except dumping the monarchy. I’m not particularly a fan of old Liz, but our legal ties to them mean they are legally bound to defend us militarily if necessary.

  2. I realize this is odd for someone who proclaims himself a radical leftist, but I rather like the monarchy. Opposition to the monarchy always strikes me as “fighting the last war”–it’s not like Queen E. is about to seize power.

    The monarchy allows the prime minister not to be the head of state, and makes possible the “loyal opposition”, since both the government of the day and the opposition are loyal to the crown. Which is to say, it legitimizes opposition to the sitting government, making it harder for a government to claim legislators who are not with them are traitors.
    It also makes us not like the US; all else being equal, anything that makes us not like the US should be cherished.

    All the rest of the list, I’m right behind you.

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