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Today, we stand for democracy.

January 23, 2010

Throughout our land today,
we raise our voices for democracy.

We march in peaceful protest to send a message to you who claim to lead us, be you blue, red or orange.
The message: This shall not stand.

We raise our voices today to remind you that you serve at our leisure, not your own, nor the Queen’s.
You have been sent forth to uphold our values, the build a just society, to build a vibrant economy and to stand for peace and honour.
You’re power flows from us alone, so listen well to our voices, all of you.
Put aside your petty squabbles.  You have been told to work together, and so you must.

You discard our votes, you ignore our wishes, you play your games with the checks and balances of power.
But you will not discard the traditions of centuries, traditions for which endless blood has been split.
We march today as defenders of the traditions you cast aside, of reason and debate, of parliament, the foundations upon which democracy, Canadian democracy, is built.

Our small but great northern nation has achieved so much through being guided by reason and tradition.
Reason and tradition led us, like almost no other nation, to freedom without war or bloodshed. Let us have these concepts restored to rule our democracy once more.

For be warned, though we grow weary of your games, do not bread apathy amongst us. Do not dare to use our cycniscm and weariness against us or we will cast you aside and wash the slate clean!

vive le Canda!
vive la Démocratie!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    January 23, 2010 4:54 pm

    You write: “You’re power flows from us alone, so listen well to our voices, all of you.
    Put aside your petty squabbles. You have been told to work together, and so you must”

    Agree wholeheartedly with your first sentence. That is the way it should be.

    However, I am curious how you expect our representatives who have been locked out by Harper to work together with him? How do you work with a minority PM who governs as if he holds a majority and labels almost every bill a confidence motion? Not sure if you are suggesting that in the interest of “working with him”, our opposition MPs should bend over backwards and not stand up to him (because then they would not be working together with him).

    I was out in the cold protesting today because I was upset that Harper had locked the doors of Parliament and denied us the representation we were entitled to. It was my impression that the non-Cons MPs were doing their jobs very well on the detainee issue and stood up to Harper. This was what likely led to the second prorogation (this in no way necessarily means that I agree with all the other actions of the opposition MPs). Thus I was more upset with Harper not working together with the other MPs who together actually represented 2 out of 3 Canadians who had voted.

  2. January 23, 2010 9:35 pm

    I completely agree with you. Ideally, any parties in parliament should be willing to work together but in practice in this parlaiment the conservatives cannot be worked with because they have proven that everything for them is an angle for gaining majority rule. I was trying to imply by cooperation that opposition parties need to be more bold about working together, even to the point of agreeing to form a an official coalition in parliament and even in the next election. We are at the point where parties need to accept that Canadians are electing minorities on purpose and expect MPs to work together without hoping to necessarily be rewarded with a majority government.

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