A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Why "Water"-Gate Was Good For Our Country

Right now it's no secret to anyone who can see the writing on the wall that Canada is in the midst of a change. I'm not just talking about our recent shift in government, although this has certainly been the catalyst for the change I'm referring to. I'm talking about something far more important.

Take for example the recent meeting between the Prime Minister and President Bush. In the Chretien and Martin days, becoming cozy with the United States was taboo - unless, of course, a certain someone was in the White House. In spite of this apparent cardinal sin, most media outlets have tacitly nodded their approval of Harper's performance at the meeting. As for public opinion? Nary an outcry. While much of this has to do with Harper's business-like approach at the meeting, Canadians also aren't being fed a standard anti-American line by the federal government any more.

As for Bill Graham's tirade against having close and resonable relations with our number one trading partner, one need only look at a comment left in response to the story over at the Globe and Mail Online in order to see where Canadians stand:
Reality Check from Ottawa, Canada writes: What 'Canadian values' are threatened here? What the heck is Mr. Graham talking about? To suggest that seeking a close relationship with our continental neighbor and trading partner threatens 'Canadian values' is absurd. Come on. We can think for ourselves.
And so Canadians can - and they always have. Despite the Canadian public's initial fear of Harper and a party they were not familiar with, the voice of moderate middle-class Canadians has always been reasonable - and it showed in the last election. The same goes for Canada-US relations. In spite of the Canadian fear of the United States, we've never wanted a tense relationship with them. I don't care who you ask, most people found the way the Liberals conducted Canada-US relations downright uncomfortable and embarassing. Something had to change. Something did.

The change I'm referring to is the restoration of the voice of the middle class as the voice of Canada. Some would refer to it as the beginning of a shift towards conservatism. I disagree - I think it's more of a turn away from the excesses of the ideology of the Canadian left on issues like Canada-US relations and the military. Middle-class Canadians have always held reasonable conservative-oriented views on issues like these. The reality of the matter is, we're just getting a chance to hear them now.

There can be no better example of the willingness of Canadians to embrace values shared by conservatives than in our own recent 'water'-gate scandal ('Piss'-gate is a little too crass to use). In the space of a day, outrage and disgust spread throughout Canadian public opinion over the public urination on our national war monument by three drunk men. An outpouring of support for the heretofore neglected Canadian Armed Forces proves that far from embracing Trudeau's disdainful view of our servicemen and women, the Canadian people value and support the sacrifices they make for our free and open society.

I think this helps to solidify the return of common sense and reason to public discussion in our country. Canadians are decent, reasonable people - and by extension, inclined towards many more facets of conservatism than we had previously imagined. We just never got a chance to hear what they really felt before. Now's our chance.

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