The administration team is currently searching for Canadian expatriates who would be interested in contributing to the Expat Blog. The subject matter is wide open, but must remain family friendly.
If you are interested in joining our blogging team, please send an email our way!
Posted by Admin
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A Classic Fairy Tale by Expat
One upon a time, in a far away land, a beautiful Princess was asleep.
"Hey, wake up!"
"Do you recognize that voice?"
"Yeah. It is you waking me up from a dead sleep."
"No. On TV. Do you know that voice?"
"It sounds like the soothing journalistic stylings of Peter Mansbridge."
"Check this out. There are Canadian flags EVERYwhere."
And so the Prince and Princess spent the wee hours of the morning watching CBC's coverage of the demise of Canada's 38th parliament on a magical American news network that actually carried Canadian events.
I must admit to feeling disappointment over yet another federal election. Our last one was only 18 months ago. The money wasted in these elections could feed a small country! If only we had some strong leaders to actually vote for. *sigh*
And Stephen Harper dredging up the gay marriage issue again, already. Sheesh, just let it go. From down here, Canada tends to generally look like a mature, wise, older sibling, and whenever Harper opens his mouth the place turns back into preschool :p
It seems like the past 15 months have been plagued by the opposition parties trying to bring down the government. Whatever party is elected to govern, I hope that it is a strong majority so that Canadians won't be headed back to the polls so soon.
I hear you on the lack of strong leaders, Colleen. If I had to vote directly for a new PM (as they vote for the President here), I have no idea who I would go with! I am not a fan of any of them at the moment. :P
Leigh-Ann, I thought that this article was interesting, particularly the part about how Harper would have to use a not-withstanding clause to strip away a Charter right. This quote made me giggle, ""I don't know if it's just that (Harper) doesn't have anybody in his entourage ... who is capable of explaining this to him, or if it's just that he's ignoring all of these facts," University of Windsor political scientist Heather MacIvor told CP." LOL
Not to turn your blog into a political debate (as I'm sure there are readers on the other side of this issue), I don't understand why gay marriage is such a big deal to Harper at this point in time. Gay marriage has been legal for a few months and the country hasn't burst into flames. Heterosexual marriage hasn't disintegrated. Children aren't growing tails and spewing pea soup. Nothing is different -- why make such a big deal of it? Also, Harper's claim that he'd allow the 3000+ existing gay marriages to stand makes no sense at all. It would take 60 seconds for a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court why one couple has a privilege that another couple doesn't.
Harper seems to lack common sense and tends to put his foot in his mouth. I wonder if the Conservatives voted for this election knowing they'd probably lose, and looking for a reason to get rid of Harper and bring in Peter McKay?
Don't worry, Leigh-Ann. I am fine with folks expressing their opinion and debating - as long as things remain respectful! :)
I am also confused by how Harper would allow the 3000 existing marriages to stand while banning the same such marriages in the future. I suppose that if he were to annul the existing marriages, there would undoubtedly be 3000+ lawsuits and he is trying to avoid that, but as you said, will there not be lawsuits regarding how one couple is married while another is denied that right? (Although, I suppose that it would no longer be considered a right at that point.)
Perhaps there is someone who would know more about this?