That’s what power looks like in Canada–a seat at a small desk in a large room; more precisely, a seat at a Member’s Double Desk made of oak in bronze in 1920 in the House of Commons of Canada founded in 1867.
That room isn’t where the most powerful among us make decisions that profoundly impact the lives of people within and beyond Canadian borders. Those decisions are made in rooms that most of us will never see and involve people whose names most of us will never know. That’s how power work. Fine. I get it.
But, the House of Commons is still a powerful stage so, the actors vying to get on it need to audition well. And the routine I’m absolutely sick of is the one where candidates make promises we all know they won’t keep. Unrealistic promises aren’t signs of great vision; they’re signs that political parties think that we, their audience, lack basic intelligence.
Any one who has worked to change the status quo in any way–from racism in our kids’ classrooms, to discrimination in our workplaces, to sexism in our families–knows that change is painfully small. Change is so tiny that it often feels like it’s slipped away just when you thought you made it.
So save the routines about abolishing the senate, tax breaks for everyone, endless spending and ending tuition fees. There’s too much at stake this time for shenanigans.