Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21: The Moncton Times dreamily watches the world go by

Yesterday, spcialized trucks used for "fracking" to find shale gas were parked on a road near Salisbury. The Moncton Times didn't notice.
The provincial goernment just recently said it would be drawing up regulations for such drilling. Has that been done? We don't know. Have the environmental studies been done? We don't know. In fact, so far as the T&T is concerned, we don't know a damn thing. And we aren't going to.

The editorial writer shows again that he or she knows a little about politics as about anything else. The blurb on senate reform pronounces reform is a good idea because it will bring us closer to the US system of government. Yes, we have so often admired the US system.

The edtirorial writer said it will give the Senate real power to represent regions. Here, the writer shows confusion. A deomcracy represents us people - with all of our votes equal. It does not represent regions, hills, cities, or forests. Just people. We already have provinces with enormous powers in their own governments. In fact, we are one of the most decentralized countries in the world.

Nor does the writer understand that we cannot create power. It can only be taken from somewhere else. Any power we give to the Senate can only be taken from the only body we have that democratically represents us - the House of Commons.

The Candian Senate was originally designed to protect large institutions like banks against the interference of our elected representatives.. It is not a bastion of democracy. It is a fortress against democracy. The eidtorial writers really should read some Canadian history.

Alec Bruce has an excellent, if dimaying, column on the federal NDP, and its flirting with becoming just another Liberal party. That was a process that begam when the NDP was formed out of the CCF. And so it continues its move to be a party just like the others.

That was shown in its vote in favour of continuing the war in Libya.
Despite what the Times tells us and doesn't tell us, we are in a war in Libya; and it's an illegal war.
1. It is not a UN action. The UN mandate was to create a no fly zone. We were quite clearly told we were not to take sides. We have publicly taken sides with the rebels. Obama has publicly stated that we are there to establish the rebels in power. None of that is sanctioned by the UN.
2. Obama is illegally at war. The constitution requires him to get congressional approval within three months. That time has passed. Obama has publicly claimed (and despite the advice of government lawyers) that this isn't really a war and he doesn't need approval. Right. bombing a country and killing people isn't war. Congress is deeply divided over this,. It also says Obama has never given a credible reason for fighting this war.
3. Our House of Commons (which has never been given a credible reason, either) voted for the war - calling it the UN-sactioned action that it is NOT. The NDP voted for it.
4. The Times has never given us information about this war, information that is freely available from reputable sources. This is a war of aggression to put a US puppet into power in Libya. It has nothing to do with freedom, nothing to do with Canada.
7. We are killing people in a war that is illegal as defined by international law, American law, and any moral law we have left. By that vote in the house of commons, we have become war criminals.
Luckily, the only war criminals who ever get hanged are the ones on the losing side.

There's a good column by Charlotte Kingston on our obligation to take the problems of our native peoples far more seriously. We have treated them brutally. The effect of that does not just go away.

While  working with those Japanese-Canadians who were interned as "possible enemies" in 1942, and then sought redress, I came to realize that nothing we could do with heal the scars caused by their sense of humiliation and betrayal.  An olf friend of mine who was interned at the age of six is now a world-famous surgeon. But even now, in his age, he daily feels the humiliation and rejection. Like so many Japanese-Canadians who lived their lives here, he sees Japan as a foreign country. But so is the Canada that betrayed them. For all his fame, he has no place.

Canadians and Americans descended from slavery still suffer the scars of their treatment; and they still feel like outsiders though slavery ended in Canada almost two hundred years ago, and in the US  almost a hundred and fifty years ago.

So it is with out native peoples. And it's not enough to say we're sorry. Whether we are the ones or our ancestors are the ones who did it is irrelevant. We have an obligation to offer help and understanding to those who need it. Lord knows we offer help and understanding in a hurry to the billionaires in this province. It's time to offer it to those who actually need it.

There was the usual good column for seniors by Ed Graham; and the usual bit of trivia by the staff writer of the day.

Oh, there was one, interesting item that made the first page.  (somebody must have slipped up.) It's about Acadian parents rallying to protest the cuts to their school budgets. Organization and involvement among Acadians seems to be strong, productive, and positive. It shows even in the physcial appearance of Acadian areas.

But, so far as I can tell, the only organized and involved anglos in New Brunswick are seniors, corporate bosses, and gay-haters.

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