Good Sunday Morning
In January 1961 John F. Kennedy embedded this iconic statement into our collective consciousness: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Many great leaders have called on the spirit, if not the letter, of that quote to inspire their followers to take action. Barack Obama used it during his historic campaign in his One Voice speech. And Elizabeth has often inspired us to make our voices heard.
On Wednesday Justin Trudeau was quoted in a Montreal newspaper as saying that any major reform to the voting system will require “substantial” support. “Under the current system, (Canadians) now have a government they’re more satisfied with and the motivation to change the electoral system is less compelling,” he told Le Devoir.
Of course this apparent wavering by the Prime Minister accomplished what a whole summer of hearings from coast to coast to coast failed to do. It spilled electoral reform, like a bushel of apples, onto center stage in a way the media could no longer afford to ignore. And political hay was being made as both the NDP and the Conservatives tried to score points in the House of Commons. Six months ago the prime minister said the same thing to an audience of students at the University of Ottawa. "A lot of people I've talked to have said, 'Oh yes, we really, really wanted electoral reform because we had to get rid of Stephen Harper, but now we have a government we sort of like so electoral reform just doesn't seem as much of a priority anymore,'" he explained at that forum. I do not use the word ‘corrupt’ lightly." Elizabeth wrote in Island Tides. "If not for a fairly random connection, I would merely be heart-broken at the environmental and climate atrocity wrapped up in the approval of Pacific NorthWest LNG. Instead, I am angry and deeply concerned that the Cabinet ministers who made the decision were denied key scientific evidence by the very civil servants who are mandated to provide them with the facts." Please share her piece or this followup article with as many Cabinet Ministers as you can. Enjoy your Sunday,