Read history

Do parliamentarians not read history? Are they not willing to learn from others’ mistakes?

When are they going to wake up to reality? All great democracies have committed financial suicide. Dictatorship, on which we in Canada are now on the brink of, was not, and is not, the answer. Let me give you a few reasons why.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Creating jobs, as the government has, in order to fake prosperity, is nothing more than buying votes. And you, as qualified voters who fail to vote, are just hiding your heads in the sand. Out of sight, out of mind, is not the answer to anything.

What we need to do is get back to the basics. Don’t demand more than we can afford. Stop living high on the hog on ever over-extended credit; the lust of the bankers will never be satisfied. Be happy with what you have and make full and proper use of it.

We have become a throwaway generation. We seem to have developed a bigger-is-better mentality, and the lust for more has become an addiction. That’s hogwash to the older generation, whose happiness was groomed from the soils they tilled and the families they raised and educated. There was far more happiness in the small, crowded cottage, with a swing in the front yard, a side yard garden, and chickens that roamed out back, than in the half-empty mansions that cover the same area today.

This trend needs to be changed and can be changed. It can be changed simply by one vote at a time – by each of you getting out to vote. It has often been said that it’s the guy who doesn’t vote who knows exactly what’s wrong with the government.

But all kidding aside, it is time we had a clean sweep up there in Ottawa, and you all as individuals can help manhandle the broom.

We already have a capable broom, Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, perched as a backbencher up there in parliament. I have mentioned her before, and I’ll draw your attention to her again – and again and again if necessary.

Let’s get rid of the riffraff up there in Ottawa.

 It looks like we may have a spring election tumbled upon us, so be prepared to get out and vote. And vote for the party that has the common sense, capability, and know-how to put this country back on its feet.

In the meantime folks, though I’m a little late in noting, having priority pushing for space, April 27  is the date of the Buy-Sell-Trade Day, held at the fairgrounds in Mount Forest by the Saugeen Valley Fur and Feather Fancier’s Association.

There is one major change this year. Because of past congestion, and in lieu of voluntary donations, all vehicles, vendor and otherwise, will be charged a $10 cost-recovery entrance fee at the gate. All others have free parking outside the park and can enter the grounds free of charge. Hope to see you all there.

Take care, ’cause we care.



Barrie Hopkins