Originally Written in 2013
Puppeteering your cabinet-cronies and back-bench pawns into canned and practised sound-bytes from the sidelines of a war is effortless. Organizing a cookie cutter reel of propaganda and manufactured situations; not a problem. A few hours of film and then we can all fly home in time for the game.
If only inspiring your countrymen were so imperative to you, Mr. Prime Minister. To inspire those who will grow to replace you; instead of focusing on the theatrics and temporary impact of your performance, insofar as it ensures job security for you and your friends; requires much more tact, precision and craft of mind.
According to your “Government’s” commitment; we’ve pledged a little over forty-two million in aid to the Syrian crisis in October of 2013.
That’s a little more than a dollar per Canadian citizen. One dollar came off of each of our pay-cheques last week; and a little bit more next week; to pay for that.
One extra coffee; doesn’t sound like much does it?
If America contributed that amount of money; it would be closer to thirteen and a half cents per person.
If China contributed that amount of money; it would be closer to three cents per person.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be helping people; I’m saying maybe there are people in Canada that could use that 42 million dollars before we hand it over to someone in Syria. It’s our money after all.
A dollar from each of us for the better of us all.