I could have easily picked Nova Scotia, Nunavut, or the North West Territories; I could have easily picked Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island to make an example of in the picture above, because I believe that not one of these provincial premiers could lay claim to being the province that is transparent, honest, or honorable in all of its dealings with their citizens and so that makes them no better than those whose pictures are featured above.
Transparency, honesty and honor, are unfortunately no longer benchmarks when discussing the ethics of some Canadian political party leaders, their cabinet ministers, their high-profile MPs, their backbenchers, or even their non elected staff and this can also be said for some members of the Canadian senate. How can Canadians have faith in a democratic government where democracy ends with the vote on election night and the spirit of democracy is replaced with lack of transparency, dishonesty and dishonorable behavior the minute the last poll is closed?
Transparency: How can Canadians have confidence in their political system their government on any level when they are intentionally and systematically seeing decisions of importance being made behind closed doors and in total secrecy (the nomination of justice Marc Nadon for the nomination Supreme Court vacancy) and his rejection by the members of the Supreme Court of Canada is one of the latest decisions by the federal government. In the province of Quebec when the then Premiere of the province Pauline Marois was asked when her numbers slid in the polls from being in the lead to behind that of the liberals, what she would have done differently and what was her regret in her campaign she replied, “I would not have answered questions about if and when I would call a referendum on separation until after I was elected,” leaving Quebecers to think that if given a 2nd chance she would have not been transparent and instead would have instead chosen to hide her intentions until it was too late to lose the votes that she was losing; in other words not be transparent with Quebecers and dupe them into voting for her. Thomas Mulcair and the New Democratic Party hide the fact really well that it picked up a lot of seats in Quebec because it ran soft separatists in the last federal election and passed them off as staunch federalists; hardly an act of transparency.
Honesty: When there is not one civic, provincial or federal party in Canada, whether they be governing or in opposition, who can honestly make the claim to be totally scandal free, or is not embroiled in some kind of investigation be it internal or external from problems arising from breaking of election laws, the misuse of the public purse, elected political party members not up to date on the payment of their taxes, political party campaigns filing incorrect tax returns to out-and-out corruption, how can Canadians lay claim to having an honest government. One only has to look to Quebec and the Charbonneau Commission to see how deep the corruption is in some provinces. The Charbonneau Commission has been responsible for 5 mayors resigning, or getting the boot with their reputations and legacies ruined and for some of these mayors their reputations and legacies are the least of their problems. With the commission turning its focus and attention towards how deep the Mafia and other gangsters had their hooks into individual provincial parties and politicians and how much influence they were able to buy with that power, I can only guess that a lot more heads will be lopped off before this whole mess is finally put to rest. With dishonest dealings at the highest government levels, such as the illegal awarding of public contracts happening all across Canada from the smallest towns to the largest cities why would Canadians feel that they are being served well? It has been alleged that Thomas Mulcair and the New Democratic Party are not being honest about the work that is being done in offices they opened and are actually doing election readiness and political fundraising using tax payer dollars and they seem to be shrugging the matter off. Funny thing though, not too long ago they held a filibuster to denounce the need of the Fair Elections Act.
Honor: When the people of a country cannot find honesty, fairness, or integrity in the beliefs and actions of the politicians that govern them and make the laws that they must live by, I would say that those politicians are without honor in the eyes of their people and are neither a credit to what they do, the country and finally the people they are supposed to represent. When the people of a country cannot find honesty, fairness, or integrity in the beliefs and actions of the politicians that govern them and make the laws that they must live by then I would say that the spirit of democracy is no longer being adhere to or respected by those in government. We have seen the Conservative Party of Canada attack the head of Elections Canada for his roll in the investigating and writing a report detailing election spending irregularities for which several conservative MPs. e.g. (Dean del Maestro, Shelly Glover). Apparently not satisfied with the results of their intimidation efforts the Conservative Party of Canada created the minister of Democratic Reform whose sole purpose was to strip the head of Elections Canada or his power dirty his reputation and leave the head o Elections Canada with the sole responsibility of telling the voters where, when and how to vote. Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre introduced the Fair Elections Act and what we have seen since is the best example of a government and a politician showing absolutely no honor. When anyone is faced with wrong doing there is a choice to be made as to whether we acknowledge and take personal responsibility for the wrong doing and accept he punishment and attempt to do better in the future (act with honor), or do as this government chose to do and blame the people investigating them, say they are doing no worst than the previous government did and insisting that they are the victims and finally change the laws to make their cheating now acceptable practice as Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre is trying to do as I type against the advice of every know and accepted expert in election reform(acting without honor).
There has always been a sense of scepticism and mistrust when it comes to what Canadians think about their politicians, which leads to a majority of Canadians feeling that their vote is meaningless and is merely a way for politicians to giving Canada the appearance of being a democratic country, so that they can right after the election govern without the spirit of democracy. The true reason that people do not vote in Canada has nothing to do with access, nothing to do with not having identification, or not knowing where, when, or how to vote on election day; I believe it has to do with voter apathy, that feeling that says why bother it will not make a difference, because politicians and political parties are only concerned with winning the election with a majority and holding on to that power by any means necessary.
I will close as I opened by stating, “Transparency, honesty and honor, are unfortunately no longer benchmarks when discussing the ethics of some Canadian political party leaders, their cabinet ministers, their high-profile MPs, their backbenchers, or even their non elected staff and this can also be said for some members of the Canadian senate. How can Canadians have faith in a democratic government where democracy ends with the vote on election night and the spirit of democracy is replaced with lack of transparency, dishonesty and dishonorable behavior the minute the last poll is closed?”
Just A Thought: What is honorable about Stephen Harper’s and Tom Mulcair’s position that they should stay out of what was happening in Quebec in terms of Canadian English and Canadian ethnic minorities losing their rights of religious freedom and linguistic freedom, just so these 2 leaders and their political parties did not lose ground on the federal level? What was transparent, or honest about Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair hiding behind Quebec’s supposedly distinct society assertion, to allow for the openly racist activities of the Marois government against Canadian citizens and the people these 2 leaders and their political parties are supposed to represent as Canadians?