The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Silence is appeasement

No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is
(a) a Canadian citizen; or

(b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Following up Sonny Bono's and Bob Geldof's and now Michael Moore's ventures into Canadian political waters (and section 331 of the Elections Act be damned, let alone actual knowledge of our alternatives), this opinion editorial published in Al-Jazeerah endorses Anyone But Paul Martin for Canadian prime minister.

Anyone else care to venture an opinion?

Theory is a very nice thing ... but we happen to be sitting right in the middle in a political/economic/military/soon to be geographical crosshairs. We have too many resources distributed among too few persons and guarded too weakly: although we could not but be inadequate in this regard, not without becoming one of the militaristic nations of the world.

How much of what we take for granted within our society are we willing to sacrifice, to make of our sovereignty more than a symbol?

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