Canadian Voters to Blame for What Government Views as Its Agenda Priorities


Canadians need look no further than themselves to answer questions about who, and why programs and policies that would benefit all Canadians are rarely dealt with by their federal government, as a priority.

Canadians elect politicians and political parties into office that offer to fix the one thing that they feel would benefit them the most, rather than for politicians that offer the best plan to improve Canada and in doing so improve the lives of all Canadians. The problem with this is voting strategy is, that whenever any Canadian is left behind, there will be economic and social consequences for Canada and all Canadians.

The blame for the senseless suffering and deaths of Canadians due to government inaction lays squarely on the shoulders of every Canadian of voting age. Voters who do not bother to vote are just as guilty as those who vote for leaders who prioritize legalizing recreational marijuana, instead of ensuring that:

  • universal Medicare and Pharma Care are accessible to all Canadians, in a sustainable program;
  • university and higher forms of education are free, making them truly accessible for all Canadian children who have the marks and the desire to get a higher education;
  • every person in Canada has access to affordable housing;
  • every person in Canada has access to clean drinking water;
  • every child gets enough to eat every day;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor in an emergency room;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting for a life saving medical procedure, for the lack of staff, doctors, or recovery beds.

Canadians seem content to elect leaders that seek to resolve serious problems facing Canadians, by making it easier and legal for them to do addictive things.  An example of this is the prime minister’s legalization of online gambling. There is no upside to the federal government legalizing yet another form of gambling in Canada. The financial and social burdens of this policy change will be paid for by many generations of Canadians to come. These burdens, far out ways any temporary, quick fix, created by government financial mismanagement. Using the weakness of addicts to allow government to make financial gains through taxation and permits, does not seem to bother Canadian voters, or politicians.

Addictive gamblers, neglect their responsibilities to their families and fail to provide the necessities of life for their families, such as food and shelter. Their shame and guilt, also leads them to abuse things like alcohol and drugs. All of these addictions combine to the growing severity of domestic and child abuse.  It is the non addicted Canadian who gets to foot the bill for the health services, social services for the addicts and the families that they neglect and abuse. The cost of supporting their neglected families, ultimately are passed on to the middle class Canadian and those working hard to get there.

The same can be said for the use of recreational marijuana. Canadians do not seem to care about any of this though, or the negative effects that marijuana will have on their children’s developing brains.

In the 2015 election the Prime Minister of Canada was not elected and given a majority government, because he campaigned on making sure that:

  • universal Medicare and Pharma Care are accessible to all Canadians, in a in a sustainable program;
  • university and higher forms of education are free, making them truly accessible for all Canadian children who have the marks and the desire to get a higher education;
  • every person in Canada has access to affordable housing;
  • every person in Canada has access to clean drinking water;
  • every child gets enough to eat every day;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor in an emergency room;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting for a life saving medical procedure, for the lack of staff, doctors, or recovery beds a priority of his government if elected, but rather for his promise to legalize the growing and recreational use of marijuana.

This was one of the prime minister’s key campaign promises, and one of his clearly stated priorities during the 2015 campaign. This was also one of the first things he set out to accomplish after winning the election.

Canadians do not seem to care that the government keeps getting caught trying to make money to support its programs by allowing the Canadian Revenue Agency to do things like:

  • tax retail workers on employee discounts;
  • deny sick children and adults the Disability Tax Credit when diagnosed with illness such as diabetes, autism, Multiple Sclerosis and PKU, just to name a couple.

As Canadians we also seem okay with any government that is willing to represent some Canadians rather than all Canadians.  The prime minister was sent to Ottawa with a majority government, because of his promise that his government would reflect and represent all Canadians. Since being elected the prime minister has shown that his vision of inclusion all, need only extend to:

  • women;
  • First Nations;
  • Sikhs;
  • and LGBTQ community.

I am pleased that all the above mentioned have gained representation in the government, that governs them. I am also delighted that they have received apologies for the wrongs that past governments of Canada had exposed them to, but what of the other Canadians? Who represents the Black, Muslim, senior, veteran, homeless, poor, and medically challenged, Canadians? Unfortunately, the answer is no Canadian political party, or leader. To them and their backers, helping and standing up for you can’t be translated into votes that could sway an election one way or another.

When the prime minister took to the podium and made official government apologies to First Nations people, the Sikh community and the LGBT community I felt happiness, and said to myself about time., and waited patiently for the apology that had to be coming for Black Canadians…I am still waiting.

I picked on the prime minister today, because he sits in government with a majority and is capable of doing so many good things for Canadians and Canada, but instead he wastes the opportunity prioritizing on things like, legalizing recreational marijuana use and legalizing online gambling…fulfilling the promises that got him elected, by you the Canadian voter, but that are definitely not good for Canada or middle class Canadians and those working hard to get there..

I wish I could say that by getting rid of one leader, or their political party would change things but I do not thing that this would be true.  Canadian politics has nothing to do with what is good for Canada and Canadians, but has everything to do with what Canadians vote for. Right now, Canadians are voting for all the wrong reasons and as a result all of the wrong things.

As government after government, party leader after party leader, fails to make policy changes, that would end the senseless suffering and dying, all Canadians will suffer financially, because all levels of government will pass the financial cost of righting past wrongs and bad policy decisions onto the middle class and those working hard to get there. Standing on the podium and saying we are sorry and throwing money at a problem is how all levels of government seek to quell civil discord and political unrest.  This works for the short-term, but without being backed up with changes to policy to prevent the same problems from resurfacing somewhere else down the road, a vicious circle is created that is not good for Canada, or Canadians.  Unfortunately, it will our children and theirs that will be paying for our bad voting practices.

Conservative Party of Canada leader, Andrew Sheer, Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan; Premier of Quebec, Phillip Couillard, and United Conservative Party of Alberta leader, Jason Kenney, are examples of more Canadian political leaders who do not care what Canada, or Canadians need, but instead count voting bloc numbers to decide their party’s agendas.

 

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