We’ve all heard (Canadian Prime Minister) Stephen Harper making grand claims since the election the other day (on May 2nd) that Canadians have given him a solid mandate to … bleah, bleah, bleah.
Fact is, only 61.4% of registered electors voted.
Conservatives got 54.2% of the seats with 39.6% of the popular vote.
As more mathematically inclined friends have pointed out to me (I am a mathophobe), 39.6% x 61.4% = 24.3%.
(Check it out here folks.)
Harper & his minions have been elected by 24.3% of registered Canadian electors. This is a majority? This is … democracy??
Remember that old saying, we get the government we deserve?
I don’t feel as though I deserve this. Do you?? (You do if you didn’t bother to vote! Apparently this was the 3rd lowest turnout ever. Last time was worse. Don’t even come near me if you are Canadian & a registered voter & didn’t vote. Not exercising your right – & responsibility – to vote is … well, pretty near unforgivable, in my books. If all the laggards who didn’t vote had voted, maybe we would not now be facing 4 more years with a “leader” who has nothing but contempt for average Canadians. You hear what I’m sayin’??)
Go take a look here if you want to see some of what the Harper government has been up to already, in its previous term(s). You can multiply it all by … goodness alone knows what, now that they have a … “majority.”
Heaven help us all!!
(But I am determined not to “let the bastards get me down.” Life must go on! And bless me, with as many good laughs as possible! Next post may be a collection of things that will make us all laugh. We need ‘em right now!!)
‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “The modern conservative…is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith