Harper announced yesterday that he will ban Canadian travel to countries he doesn’t like if he is re-elected.
He doesn’t like Russia. So, presumably, Russian-Canadians can’t go home again. And I can’t go with ’em even if I wanted to – which I don’t (I don’t think I like Russia much, either) He isn’t keen on Pakistan, Somalia, Ethipoia and well, I am guessing…Venezuela…so those folks with relatives there are also now trapped by the new Harper one-way ticket policy to Canada. ‘Course the Middle East is largely off-limits, I am sure. Mind you, he likes India and China – despite their human rights shortcomings – so I guess we can go there. Exception to the rule: he likes Israel but not Syria…some parts of the middle are OK?
I wonder how he feels about Thailand, Argentina or Portugal? Ya know, Fid might wanna go back to his roots someday….jus’ sayin’…
Doesn’t matter, really. He has made his point: YOUR travel to a foreign country will not be permitted without first obtaining Harper’s approval. Kim Jong-Un (N. Korea) feels the same way. They are both leaders, don’t ya know? Maybe North Korea will be on the OK-to-visit list?
Seems I will soon need my prime minister’s approval to travel outside of Canada? It is a small step from that to being forbidden to leave the country at all. Who would have thought that a Canadian would experience such oppression?
Mind you, our scientists were gagged a few years ago. And, to their collective shame, they have remained silent for the most part. Our MPs have been ‘whipped’ into pudding and, for the most part, they seem to like it so they aren’t complaining. Not doing much of anything, really, except bleating in unison and cashing their paycheque – no heroes there, I am afraid (except Elizabeth May). Very Pre-WW2 Germany-like.
But, to be fair, I have pretty much petered out my own traveling bug, the odd country notwithstanding, so I was not planning on going too far afield myself. I mean, I have been to all the places where I really wanted to go and so I would have been pretty content to stay home rather than try to stretch my ever-shrinking 70-cent dollars to afford a hostel in Turkey or a souvlaki in Greece, anyway.
Not so much now! Now I want to go where Harper doesn’t want me to go. The bastard! NOW I may have to travel as a form of protest rather than as a manifestation of personal interest. You see, I like to think that I am FREE TO DO AS I PLEASE (within the bounds of reasonable legal constraints, of course. And good taste). And I intend to do that. So, arrest me when I get back from Turkey, you dictator. Taser me. Lock me up, Adolph! You ego-maniacal bastard!
My minor dilemma: if I am truly free and I don’t want to travel anymore, why should some anus forbidding me to travel have any effect on me whatsoever? It is only by being knee-jerk responsive to that dictatorial act that I truly lose my freedom….oh, what the hell….I hate the guy…that’s a good enough reason all in itself!
The key word is reasonable. And he is not. NOT in anything I have opinions on, anyway. He and I disagree – fundamentally – on who is and who is NOT a terrorist, for instance. And now, Stephen Harper is proposing to unreasonably restrict my legal freedoms – AS IF I WERE A TERRORIST!
And not for the first time. He already restricts your right of assembly by requiring permits for protests and harassing associations and societies (with Rev Can) engaged in political work he doesn’t like – not unlike Hitler and Stalin did to their people. It is that simple. This is government oppression. Soon they’ll be issuing coloured arm-bands but, don’t you worry your pacified little head about it. They will be issued to the Muslims first. Then some damn coloured folks. Maybe First Nations next.
You’ll be fine if you’re white and moneyed.
We have had government exploitation forever. We have had government criminality forever. And we have had government corruption forever. But we have not experienced too much in the way of direct personal oppression ever before. Well, not white folks, anyway. Some newcomers to the country have been hassled. Some have had their land, homes and fishboats taken away. Others spend years in prison. And some poor souls get tasered and jailed and sent packing or to the morgue for no good reason. But your basic, bona fide three-generation white Canuck has been pretty much free to do what their wallet and their wives will allow.
NOT ANYMORE! That kind of freedom of choice is over if Harper is re-elected.