An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Please reinstate the long form census. We are the second largest country in the world and Ottawa needs to know what is going on in order to develop it well.

Please protect 97% of our water. It is a finite resource and it needs to be treated as such.

Please allow our Scientists to speak freely when it is the best interest of our country. Let them speak out against your decisions and oil. And listen to David Suzuki, he deserved the Nobel Prize not Al Gore (sorry Mr. Gore, nothing personal).

Please do something real with the findings from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We have known the truth for years and we need real solutions.

Please help protect our First Nation Women. They are an important part of our society and we need to show them we really mean that.

Please do something better than pipelines for energy. It is 2015 and the answers are out there. I read about them all the time, just never in government documents. Let us become leaders in clean energy and really honor our First Nations right to live a traditional life.

Please sign us back up to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. As of 2013 there are 196 countries because we left. This made Canada the first country to announce its intention to withdraw. This Convention may not find all of the solutions but Canada needs to be a part of the global conversation. If we dig a little deeper into the root causes of wars in countries like Syria, Yemen and Sudan we will see that the loss of arable land plays a role.

Please put us back in the Kyoto Protocol. Again there are 192 countries working together and Canada is not one of them. Maybe just take a look at everything Peter Kent touched and think about reversing what he did.

Please reinstate The Office of Inspector General at CSIS and rework bill C-51. I understand that there is a need to protect us from Terrorists, but that word is being used too easily, and without enough checks and balances. As a Gay Canadian, I get nervous when there is not a lot of oversight in deciding who is a threat to our way of life.

Please don’t prorogue Parliament. I have to go to work even on days when I wish I didn’t have to.

Please change the Fair Elections Act and rope in taxpayer-funded political ads. If you want me to know how great your government is doing, build a school, some bike lanes or invest in Green technology and health care. We don’t need another 45 second sound bite.

Please keep your eyes on the Canada-China treaty (FIPA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), from the reading I have done, I don’t see how either serve us well in the long run.

Please bring back funding to CBC or arts in general. Canadians really like knowing what other Canadians think, believe, create and do. That’s one of the beautiful side effects of growing up in a mosaic.

Please spend half as much money on our veterans as you do our on military technology. I understand that wars are always going to be raging and we need the technology to be able to help others in their time of need but we also need to be able to support the men and women who return home carrying the emotional scars of that battle. Reopen the nine veteran services offices that were closed by our previous government.

Please change our global relationships so the next time the UN Security Council elects new members we can return to that table. 2010 was the first time we did not win our bid to be a part of the Council and in 2014 United Nations Security Council election we did not even bother to put our hand up. Canada was a founding member of the United Nations, and it, like all forms of governance is not perfect, and because of that fact, not in spite of it, we need a seat at the table. Historically we have been known as one of the ‘good guys’ and I would like that image to be returned to us.

Please put us back in as UN Peacekeepers. We created the Blue Hats and it seems to me we’ve forgotten that.

Please take a look at the Senate. It is our sober second thought and the last year of scandals has been rather sobering.

Please don’t take money from EI to balance the budget. That money is there because we the tax payers put it there. It is our slush fund not yours. In a time when job security is nonexistent, I will breathe a little easier knowing that if another recession comes crashing down on us there is enough money in the bank to help out Canadians.

Please spend our money on us. We have been running deficits since 2008 but I don’t see how I have benefited.

Please change the way we count our votes or convince the left merge together, making it a two horse race. Since a merger not likely, please protect us from having 39% of those who voted elect a majority government. Not only does that math not make sense it is embarrassing living in a country that allows that to happen. First-past-the-post voting works in a 2 party system, give us proportional representation, a ranked ballot, something! I would like to feel like I have a voice in Canada each time I check a box for the Green Party.

Please apologize to Zunera Ishaq. She showed her face to an official to confirm her identify, she passed the entire test for Citizenship in our country, she did everything we asked of her. She is a Canadian and no Canadian deserves to be targeted by a politician for political gain.

Please be open to conversations with me. You work for me, I am a Canadian.

Sincerely

Tanya Bruce

#cometogether

 

 

 

 

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Touchdown!

DJNDN-MascotLove that this keeps moving in the right direction.

Congrats to Ian Campeau and our First Nations Neighbours.

Every Canadian Counts

The value a society places on each of its members is a reflection of the intelligence of that society.

I was out with a coworker yesterday and the topic of Aboriginal women came up. I told her that they did not receive the right to vote in Canada until 1960. She did not believe me but she should have because unfortunately, I am correct.

GETHOMESAFELately our Aboriginal woman have been front and centre in the media and I wish it was for something better than the sad reality that they are more likely to be harmed than any other group of woman in Canada. The story of Rinelle Harper is heartbreaking and wonderful in the same moment.

Today is the 2 year anniversary of the Idle No More Movement, a grassroots female lead initiative to move Aboriginal rights forward and take a stance against Stephen Harper.

INM4I am a huge fan of indigenous cultures, in Canada and around the world. I am a huge fan of human rights. I am very embarrassed that this is my what is going on in my country.

 

Hump Day for June 11

politician shitTomorrow there is an election in Ontario. Took this photo on my road trip in Arizona. Sometimes a little humour is needed.

Hump Day for June 4

TIGGER!I have been spending this day concentrating on learning about Harper but at this point I think I have had enough. I am going to start paying attention to other politicians so instead of being able to tell you what I don’t like about leadership in my country I will be able to tell you what I love and am inspired by in the leaders in my country.

Today is about to get hopeful and refined, thank you very much.

 

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