Statistically speaking…

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.

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