Friday, April 13, 2012
Maybe Canadians Don't Want to Live in a Democracy
In writing a scathing article that comes out and accuses the Conservative Government of having lied to Parliament and then to the Canadian people with regard to the costs of procuring the F-35 jet fighters, Andrew Coyne ends his piece with an interesting observation: "it is about whether we live in a functioning Parliamentary democracy, or want to."
Well, elsewhere people would be morally outraged that an election was first precipitated and then fought on the basis of the government willfully withholding information concerning the largest purchase ever.
Not so in Canada.
In fact, the support for the Conservatives in the polls has hardly budged, which indicates to me that Canadians are profoundly disinterested in the manner in which they are governed. They would rather watch hockey.
After all, democracy requires engaged citizens who keep themselves informed and are prepared to hold their elected representatives accountable for their actions.
But this requires concerted effort and Canadians are notoriously lazy.
As long as we are left alone to lead our little lives, we don't care about how we are governed.
Go Leafs Go!