Well, Steven Harper was in town today to launch his campaign. He spoke to a small private audience at the Delta hotel. But the bigger story, was the bigger crowd that gathered outside the Delta to protest his appearance and to support the concept of voting for anybody but him! This impromptu group was put together at the last minute by a group of labour union and student movements.
My two main concerns with the Harper Conservative Government philosophies are their lack of respect for the human rights of trans people, and secondly, and much more importantly, is their lack of respect for the integrity of the Canadian parliamentary system and Canadians. Harper has frequently broken rules, including laws, and has laughed it off stating that Canadians don 't care. He broke more election promises than any other politician that I can remember. He has operated like a dictator when he only had a minority parliament, which meant that he needed to find ways to cooperate with other political parties. He failed. In fact, he became the first political party to ever be held in Contempt of Parliament, a major shame and disgrace, not only for himself, but for the entire country.
International media outlets all over the world have caught on and Canada has lost their reputation as being a caring country that takes an interest in making the world a better place. Canada has even recently been denounced by Amnesty International for our lack of Human Rights.
I am proud to say that I participated in the "ABC" (anybody but Conservative) protest today. Although I was merely a participant, and not an organizer or keynote speaker, I was lucky enough to be captured on photos and videos th at made several major news outlets here, including 6 o'clock newscasts by NTV and CBC.
Some great amateur video footage was captured here at these two sites:
A great audio slideshow has been put together here by the Independent:
It is definitely time for change. Now comes the fun part: deciding which of the other political parties to support!