Stockwell Day…for anyone outside of Canada, or time-traveling without a ‘Froder’s Guide to Canadian Embarrassments of the early 21st Century’, is currently the Treasury Board President of Canada.
On August 3 he scheduled a press conference to talk about Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Woot! Economic action! What he ended up talking about was a statistical data-set on unreported crimes. Hmmm…statistical data… that can’t be verified. http://tinyurl.com/32lwlha Seems that’s something this government can really get behind.
Oh to live in the shiny, simple world that our highest level bureaucrats call home. More jails = safer communities. We can reduce the deficit while spending a billion dollars on an international networking event. Privacy for everyone, especially the marginalized, disenfranchised, poor and under-educated.
Twenty years ago I walked into The Black Rose, a dingy little tattoo parlour on Hollis Street in Halifax. There were no trendy, well-lit body modification clinics back then…just old school dens of smoke and ink. I was young, idealistic and sure that any image that permanently marked you imbued you with its character and strength. The maple leaf I had inked that day solidified my belief in social compassion, equity and a greater community. Even under the conservative government of the day, it seemed that the Canadian sensibility would always win out.
Our government is a representation of who we are as a country, which makes me wonder where our national identity is going and if I need the name of a good laser clinic.