November 5th, 2008

smirking half-hawk

Dear Canada

Dear Canada,

It's time to step up. For the last eight years, we've been coasting on our reputation, secure in the crazy "I can do what I want, since I'm retiring" legacy of Jean Cretien. We're Canadians! We're pot-smoking gay-marrying hippies! We're so liberal, so progressive, we might as well be Scandanavian!

Look closer. Where's our Barack Obama? Where's our Hilary Clinton? One could argue that we had our own Sarah Palin in Belinda Stronach, but in a lot of ways the treatment Stronach got from both the media and the politicians was uglier than the US media's approach to the moose-huntin' maverick. Kim Campbell doesn't count.

We have fallen behind the times on race and gender in politics, here, folks. It's past time that we had some who's not a rich white guy in the running for Prime Minister.

On a related note: this is the first time I'm aware of that the Canadian voter turnout was below the American voter turnout. Canadian politics is just falling apart. We look like dinosaurs, and perhaps it's unsurprising that the population is becoming increasingly apathetic.