Politi­cians us­ing Cana­dian sol­diers as pawns in po­lit­i­cal game

The Compass - - NEWS - BY FRANK BLACK­WOOD

If you talk to Cana­di­ans, which the Con­ser­va­tives, Lib­er­als, Bloc Que­be­cois and NDP are not do­ing con­cern­ing the great de­tainee de­bate, you will find peo­ple are get­ting very rest­less when it comes to de­cid­ing on where their vote is go­ing to be cast in the next fed­eral elec­tion.

They are cer­tainly not in agree­ment with any pris­on­ers be­ing tor­tured, and if it is hap­pen­ing it should stop im­me­di­ately.

What we are see­ing on Par­lia­ment Hill is a power strug­gle to gain the reins gov­ern­ment af­ter the next fed­eral elec­tion, when­ever it takes place.

One can see the ag­gres­sive­ness ex­pressed by politi­cians and it has taken away the demo­cratic spirit and ap­proach of Lester B. Pear­son, our great prime min­is­ter of peace and win­ner of the No­bel Peace Prize.

I find the politi­cians very de­mand­ing and only pre­oc­cu­pied with try­ing to trip up the present fed­eral party in power.

When I hear the NDP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Jack Har­ris de­mand­ing le­gal doc­u­ments con­cern­ing the Afghanistan de­tainees within the next ten days, some­thing must be wrong with our demo­cratic sys­tem of hu­man rights for all.

It is very su­per­fi­cial for politi­cians to point out that all Cana­di­ans are very con­cerned about the harsh treat­ment of de­tainees. The gen­eral pop­u­la­tion are very con­cerned as to how politi­cians are us­ing our Cana­dian troops as scape­goats to make the Harper mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment look bad and hop­ing the tide will turn in the polls across the na­tion.

It was noted re­cently by the Cana­dian troops that politi­cians should let our armed forces con­cen­trate on do­ing their job, and not mak­ing them look like fools.

Well, in pol­i­tics there has to be a plat­form to bat­tle the next fed­eral elec­tion, and who will get to con­cen­trate on the de­tainee mat­ter? If the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Du­sanjh has his way, and with his ag­gres­sive ap­proach like March 15 in Ottawa, the Harper Gov­ern­ment will slide to victory again.

This is not a branded prob­lem; it is one on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity. The breath of politi­cians should be used more wisely on jobs, health care, and se­nior cit­i­zens’ pen­sion’s deficit. We should spend more time help­ing Cana­di­ans rather than spend- ing so much time tear­ing other peo­ple to pieces on Par­lia­ment Hill. The real pot of stew will be when Cana­di­ans will put their po­lit­i­cal fire un­der the po­lit­i­cal party of their choice. There is too much time butting heads with other politi­cians in op­po­si­tion rather than the con­cerns of the peo­ple at large.

As a va­ca­tion­ing Cana­dian re­marked to me from Ire­land, “ here in Ire­land Cana­di­ans are say­ing they will sup­port Prime Min­is­ter Harper as he seems to be the only Cana­dian who is rep­re­sent­ing Canada abroad while the other par­ties are quite iffies, block­ies and deepes.

Is the power of pol­i­tics mov­ing Canada fore­word? How many think tankers are there left from the older gen­er­a­tion of Cana­di­ans? We need to get to­gether and get back to think­ing, not de­stroy­ing our coun­try. There is a need to talk to Cana­di­ans, as politi­cians are not lis­ten­ing. Cana­di­ans want leaders who will show lead­er­ship and guided re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The in­ter­ests and ideas of Cana­di­ans have to be put to good use, de­vel­op­ing a bet­ter way to do things. Re­mem­ber, ideas are some­times bet­ter than any army, and let’s put it to good work in­stead of just dig­ging into the pock­ets of Cana­di­ans who are striv­ing to sur­vive, for ex­am­ple, our se­nior cit­i­zens who are liv­ing be­low the poverty line. The se­nior cit­i­zens liv­ing be­low the poverty line are the builders of our great na­tion who now rest on the back burn­ers in our so­ci­ety fi­nan­cially.

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