A shocker

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Editorial

During the televised leadership debate last week, PC leader Tim Hudak said he was the only leader telling the truth.

 

As some wag said, “It takes one to know one.”

 

So if none of them is telling the truth, what’s a voter to do?

 

Perhaps there should be a lie detector and “bullshit meter” hooked to each of the participants in a leadership debate.

 

Bells and whistles would go off each time a lie or a gross exaggeration passed the lips of a leader.

 

The politicians might then have to honestly discuss the issues that concern people. That would be a real shock to the political system.

 

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The most disturbing thing about politics today is that many of our elected officials see everything in black or white.  One party says, “My ideas are right, your ideas are wrong,” and the other party says the opposite.

 

The truth is usually somewhere in the middle and you should compromise to find a solution that satisfies most people.

 

If you look at our history, Canadians have, until recently, worked together co-operatively and helped each other.

 

Canada became a country because there was a fear of U.S. expansionism. We joined together for protection.

 

Individual Canadians from the early settlers on helped each other out. When you live in a climate like ours, co-operation only makes sense.

 

After the Second World War, unemployed men (I suppose many were veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder) roamed the country. They would knock on doors and usually receive a meal from the lady of the household. In short, Canadians have always helped one another out.

 

And our politicians, while often partisan, had the intelligence, once in power, to govern for the good of the whole country.

 

That’s changed.

 

Politicians now appeal to our greed rather than the general welfare. They are all going to cut taxes as if that is the only thing that matters. Large corporations seem to have our governments in their back pockets.

 

And we have the politics of division now, mastered by our current prime minister who picks fights with everyone who disagrees with him and often appeals only to his election base. One gets the impression Canada’s foreign policy is simply a tool to garner ethnic votes in the next election; it’s not for what is good for Canada.

 

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Thursday afternoon, I listened to CBC Radio which replayed features of the 10th and 50th anniversaries of D Day. It was interesting to hear reports from men who invaded Normandy. Most were really just kids, in their early 20s.

 

One Canadian interviewed was surprised by the slow German response to the massing of planes and ships in the English Channel. The Commander who should have made the decision was visiting his girl friend in Paris and Hitler was asleep. Everyone was apparently afraid to wake him.

 

Hitler lost the war.

 

History continues to repeat itself. Far right and Fascist politicians are on the upswing again in parts of Europe.

 

If war were to be declared today, would we react in a similar?

 

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And now we have another provincial election. The experts expect a poor turnout tomorrow as many electors have been turned off by the antics of our politicians.

 

But you should vote and you should get involved in the electoral process, even if you get the impression that politicians like things just fine the way they are.

 

 If Canadians don’t get involved, they might soon lose the right.

 

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Dana and I voted Friday in the advance poll. Dana was announced as the 1,000th voter at the poll, but she didn’t win a prize.

 

That sounds like a good turnout – maybe those predicting a low voter turnout tomorrow are wrong.

 

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While driving out to Highway 21 north to vote, I noticed signs to the now non-existent tourist booth. While voting, a lady dropped in to the poll expecting to find the tourist booth to be there. There were similar visits each day according to workers at the poll.

 

The tourist booth has, of course, been relocated downtown.

 

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Joan Ferris, our Glammis correspondent, dropped in a copy of Glammis Then and Now. The book, compiled and published by Glamis Historical Reseachers, quickly sold out and is now in its second printing.

 

If your family ties connect you to the village, you might be interested in getting a copy. You can even find out why residents still can’t decide if the name of their village should have one ‘m’ or two.

 

You can get a copy for $20 by contacting the editor, John Kaminski, at sales@glammis.ca or 519-396-6907.

 

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Sh-boom, the Kincardine Community Singers’ spring concert, was a lot of fun and well done.

 

The concert, featuring music from the fifties, was held Saturday and Sunday at Knox Presbyterian Church.

 

It’s surprising how much talent there is in this area.