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ELECTION EVE LETTER

By Spider Robinson

Do you know when I am most proud to be a Canadian?

When I drive onto the Lion's Gate Bridge, and cross the harbour into

Vancouver.

Why? Because during the hours I do my traveling, that ridiculous three

lane bridge only has a single lane going my way. Four lanes of

traffic must merge into one. There is always a jam.

But there is never a problem.

Without fail, all four lanes merge smoothly, correctly, fairly.

Nobody cheats. Nobody tries to cut in. The rare few who do always

bear American license plates. I don't know about you, but that makes

my heart sing, every single time.

I grew up in the US, lived there for 25 years. Trust me: anywhere in

that nation, the scenario I have just described is literally

unimaginable. Every merge is a dogfight. It is not only a dog eat

dog country, they are proud of that. For thirty years now, I have

listened to Canadians trying to define what distinguishes them from

Americans, and it always baffles me because it so simple.

I can put it into a single word: kindness.

We treat each other with marginally greater kindness than many other

peoples do. I do not say with perfect kindness—I have spoken with a

few of our oldest residents, you see. But on balance, we cut each

other rather more slack than most humans.

It's a rural attitude, I think. If our neighbours want to have sex in

a different manner than we do, we tend to mind our business. If they

choose to put something different into their pipe than we do, we let

it slide. We draw the line only at behaviour so weird it threatens

us—we permit it to merely annoy or offend us. And we try not to annoy

or offend ourselves.

I think that is magnificent. I think that is the single most admirable

achievement of the human race in the last century: to have produced a

place where kindness is practiced. That is the source of our famous

good manners, and our alleged boringness: we are kinder than anyone

else I know.

Canada headed by a majority Conservative government would become

steadily less kind every day. It would—the Conservative Party says it

would—align us with people who do not believe their citizens have a

right to health care. It would align us with people who think anybody

who needs medical marijuana should be denied it, and anybody who wants

it for fun should be imprisoned. It would align us with people who

like to tell other people what to do.

Forget all that. Forget all the side-issues and smokescreens. My

wife, a Soto Zen monk, just broke silence tonight to phone me from a

Buddhist monastery in California where she's having her annual

three-week spiritual tune-up. Jeanne did so because during meditation,

clarity had come to her, and she felt compelled to remind me of the

one issue that actually means anything in this election.

Argue all you want about health care or marijuana or corruption or

money for oil or any of the other crap: if we elect a majority

Conservative government, Canadian boys and girls will die bloody.

Canadian troops will die in a foreign land, to help Americans protect

themselves against the dread specter of 19 fanatics who have been dead

for nearly five years, and whose living friends (if any) have in all

the time since then failed to so much as injure a single American on

American soil.

Canadian parents, too, will get to have their children come home in a

bag, just like Americans. We'll be helping that process to continue,

for parents in both countries. Not to mention for parents in Iraq,

who are just as deserving of kindness.

Not all soldiers' parents, no. The rest will get back children who

have killed people. People who were trying to kill them, for reasons

neither side could articulate. Our own generation of shattered

Vietnam vets—with no Canada to flee to.

Does anything else matter?

Some of my friends went to Vietnam. The ones that came back included

junkies, drunks, religious fanatics, and eventual suicides. None came

back healthier. None came back happy.

I can understand anyone who would like Canada to be more like America.

They sure make it seem like a good deal there on TV, don't they? I

tell you from my heart that it is a good deal I walked away from

thirty years ago, and I am sick with terror that it may yet pursue me

even up here, to the Land of Kindness. I left New York City because I

could no longer summon up the strength it takes to step over homeless

people sprawled on the sidewalk to get to the store. I could no longer

bear to live in a place where cynicism was the only imaginable

mindset, where only fools and hippies hoped. If Canada gives up its

kindness, where will I go then?

Americans say they believe, above all, in life, liberty, and the

pursuit of happiness. I'm alive, I'm free, and I can do what makes me

happy! Does that sound like a proud boast to you? It once did to me.

It sounds childish to me now. Even oafish.

Canadians say they believe in peace, order, and good government. Look

at that first word. You'd have to define it for an American: most of

them think it means "a state in which the fighting is out of earshot."

That second word you could not even define for them: they have no

common referent. And the last two words will induce laughter of

clinically dangerous intensity.

Peace? We haven't fought a war with anybody since the Nazis. Order?

Despite some of the most irritable minorities on earth we have never

had a Civil War. And while I will be among the first and loudest to

admit that we have never in our history had good government, we've

come a lot closer than average. Our governments have certainly

imprisoned vastly fewer of our own citizens than those of our

neighbour to the south, healed infinitely more of our sick, helped

many more of our poor.

And sent fewer of our children off to kill or die. Hell, we've

stopped a few squabbles. And cleaned up after others.

Please don't pick this moment in our history to reverse our course.

Please cast whatever vote—even if it isn't your ideal vote—will have

the highest chance of preventing a majority Conservative government,

nationally and locally.

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.ELECTION EVE LETTER

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The loony left (now that is something to really be 'scared' of) are genuflecting all over the place today.

It will be so nice to see the lieberals taking third party status.

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.ELECTION EVE LETTER

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The loony left (now that is something to really be 'scared' of) are genuflecting all over the place today.

It will be so nice to see the lieberals taking third party status.

Be careful what you wish for...separatists taking second place does nothing for you. I hope you are unpleasantly surprised tonight.

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...Be careful what you wish for...separatists taking second place does nothing for you.....

I do not expect to see a whole lot of change if the Conservatives take power. I do not expect any change with the Bloc as official opposition (we have been there before).

The main thing is that I can hope and pray for a downsized Federal intervention in everything that is the responsibility of local and provincial governments.

Nirvana for me would be to see the Federal taxation cut by 50% and the money used for civic and local programs that do not have Fed strings attached. That will never happen with an NDP or Liberal government. They are too centralist.

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The main thing is that I can hope and pray for a downsized Federal intervention in everything that is the responsibility of local and provincial governments.

The prayer boys don't care about budgets..they only care about running your life and making sure you don't sin and thye will legislate that given the chance.

Nirvana for me would be to see the Federal taxation cut by 50% and the money used for civic and local programs that do not have Fed strings attached.

Yep he'll cut taxes and create the largest deficit ever recorded just like Bush did and your social security will go down the tubes in five years......but the Cities will have lots of new roads and public transportation because cars will be unaffordable. As for strings attached one does nopt create infrastructure unless there is a real program to monitor the moneys being spent. Of course the conservatives will have figured out how to be crooked without any oversight to catch them at it

That will never happen with an NDP or Liberal government. They are too centralist.

De centralized government at the federal level is the worst case scenario for Canada and will most certainly create more haves and have nots.

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That Canada flyer character is piece of work over on the junior board....must live in one of the religious right communities :roll:

Yes, and he is interjecting in conversations where no one has addressed him......could he be the return of a bad spelling horse?

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That Canada flyer character is piece of work over on the junior board....must live in one of the religious right communities :roll:

Yes, and he is interjecting in conversations where no one has addressed him......could he be the return of a bad spelling horse?

He is a She methinks. Check their profile.

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De centralized government at the federal level is the worst case scenario for Canada and will most certainly create more haves and have nots.

May be de-centralized federal government is not good for central Canada. The rest of us would do just fine.

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De centralized government at the federal level is the worst case scenario for Canada and will most certainly create more haves and have nots.

May be de-centralized federal government is not good for central Canada. The rest of us would do just fine.

Of course...but when you had no oil you didn't say that. And it was all eastern money that got it out of the ground in the first place. We live in a large community and you red necks forget that sometimes.

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That dumb sh!t head yowkid telling people its illegal to post results :twisted::evil:

FT is an American website

That's a slightly harsh description of him. But only some prissy in Ottawa could be giving such lectures.

The important news is this looks better for the Liberals than expected. Harper needs to do better than that to come anywhere close to a majority.

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...Of course...but when you had no oil you didn't say that. And it was all eastern money that got it out of the ground in the first place. We live in a large community and you red necks forget that sometimes.

Hell, that was before I was born (and even you were born too).

Upper Canada wanted the Northwest Territories as part of their dominion and in order to do that they gave away half of the land to the CPR and Hudson Bay companies. Central Canada got paid for that many times over.

Then laws and regulations were put into affect to make sure all of the western goodies went east and if the westerners wanted something it had to come from the east (at a premium).

I would rather be part of the USA or Japan. There is more affinity.

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Parnel, despite your wishful SES poles, I'll bet you lunch in Oakville that your riding goes Tory blue on Monday. :shock:

Oh well, lost the skirmish but won the battle. Young almost overcame the 9,000 vote differential, but fell less than 1,000 shy as the Red Tide continues to sweep over the GTA.

Parnel, lunch is on me some time next week.

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...Of course...but when you had no oil you didn't say that. And it was all eastern money that got it out of the ground in the first place. We live in a large community and you red necks forget that sometimes.

Hell, that was before I was born (and even you were born too).

Upper Canada wanted the Northwest Territories as part of their dominion and in order to do that they gave away half of the land to the CPR and Hudson Bay companies. Central Canada got paid for that many times over.

Then laws and regulations were put into affect to make sure all of the western goodies went east and if the westerners wanted something it had to come from the east (at a premium).

I would rather be part of the USA or Japan. There is more affinity.

So 50 years from now when oil is no longer a much needed resource will the rednecks still say the same things.

Being part of the US maybe good for you but it ain't for me.

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Hell, that was before I was born (and even you were born too).

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That was a long time ago. :twisted::lol:

Not as long ago as our friend is alluding. He still lives in fear of eastern moguls overrunning his territory. We just loaned the keys to the car to his brethern last night. They will return it in about 18 months all beat to crap and filthy dirty.

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We loaned the car to our country bumpkin cousins last night and my bet is that they will return it in 18 months all dirty and dented. :wink:

And Harper will get this first foreign vacation at our expense.... aren't we right up there in experience

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