Where are the dreams?

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Editorial

If you are familiar with Canadian history, you know that our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, promised a national railway to entice British Columbia to join Canada.

B.C. joined and Sir John delivered – the railway was completed in 1885.

Putting the railway through the mountains of B.C. was a daunting task but I never realized the magnitude of the problem until I saw the IMAX film, Rocky Mountain Express.

The movie takes you through the mountains in a restored steam engine and explains the engineering problems along the way. Thousands died building the section of rail through the mountains and the monetary cost was tremendous.  If you get the chance, see this movie. (You’ll need a strong stomach though; I had a case of motion sickness by the time was over.)

Sir John was at times mired in scandals, but he had a dream to build a strong united country. Canadians bought into his idea and kept his Conservative government in power for many years.

Today’s politicians aren’t in the same league. Governments today don’t have dreams of making this a better country; they seem to want power for power’s sake and to keep big business happy. What’s the Harper government dream? It seems to be to lower taxes and diminish services to Canadians.

Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney didn’t offer much more.

We deserve much more than we’ve been getting.

Little wonder fewer and fewer Canadians are voting.

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Kincardine’s multicultural night is a big hit each year. I wonder if it could be bigger?

I was in Regina last week and it runs a similar event, called Mosaic, which started like Kincardine’s.

This year, Mosaic has 21 sites across the city. For example, we attended the German, Polish and Greek Pavilions Thursday evening and the Ukrainian, Hungarian and Scottish Friday evening. Each pavilion served traditional food and provided traditional entertainment. The Ukrainians put on the best show – they have their own orchestra and the dancers were at the professional level.

If we had been there Saturday, we would have visited a few more pavilions.

The whole event is run by volunteers and volunteer groups get part of the profits.

We were talking to one of the Polish organizers of Mosaic who says the three-day event attracts more than 200,000 people each year.

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If you think we had a late spring, consider yourself lucky compared to the people on the prairies. This is the latest spring in 100 years out west and few farmers have completed their seeding.

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You can’t escape news from Toronto. The Ford brothers and their ongoing charade with city council is just as big news in the west as it is here.