Skip to comments.Will of the people has been thwarted
Posted on 07/03/2005 6:50:16 PM PDT by NCjim
A sizable number of Canadians -- more than half of us, in fact, if the polls are correct -- will be celebrating the Canada Day weekend this year with distinctly diminished enthusiasm.
That's because on June 28, three days before Canada Day, our House of Commons voted 154-124 to make Canada the third nation on Earth to legally recognize as a marriage the union of two people of the same sex.
What erodes our fervour for Canada, however, is not so much the fact that this was done, but rather how it was done.
If we believed the Canadians you meet in a bar, or at the office, or at the community club, are in the main firmly convinced that this is a good thing, well while we might regret it, we would nevertheless have to face the fact that this what people want.
But such is not the case and never has been.
The polls show the percentage of Canadians opposed to the gay marriage bill as riding somewhere in the mid-60s, and higher.
To suggest that this is what Canadians want is therefore a blatant misrepresentation of discernible fact. It's what some Canadians want. Most do not want it, but it happened anyway.
This, we are told, was approved in a free vote by a freely elected House of Commons.
But we know it was not a free vote. We know that Paul Martin's massive cabinet was ordered to vote in favor, and without this top-down direction the bill would have been defeated.
Yes, we are told, but the courts in six provinces have already approved gay marriage.
But we also know that all these decisions were made by federally appointed judges, specifically chosen because they could be depended on to vote in favour of such things as gay marriage.
The courts, in other words, have been stacked.
Yes, we are told, but we must remember that the rights of homosexuals are protected by the Charter.
More lies. We know there is no mention of gay rights in the Charter. They were "read into" the Charter by judges selected for their dependable acquiescence.
Anyway, we say, if you really want to know what Canadians think, then why not submit this to a referendum during the next election?
After all, the Americans in last November's elections did this in 11 states and it was defeated in every one of them.
Some of these states, by the way, voted Democrat for president, proving that gay-marriage is not a party-line issue. It was much bigger than that.
So, too, in Canada.
That's why 34 Liberals were opposed to it.
No referendum, we are told. We have a parliamentary system. We entrust these decisions to our MPs. We do not believe in direct democracy. Referendums are not "the Canadian Way."
If our passion for Canada has been chilled by the gay-marriage decision, mention of "the Canadian Way" drops it into the deep freeze. Canada has had referendums before on major questions.
Isn't the legal definition of a family a major question?
So what is this "Canadian Way?" Who invented it? Where did it come from?
Canadians who lived and died in the first three quarters of the 20th century would find most aspects of this so-called "Canadian Way" unrecognizable.
For many of us, the Canada we are asked to celebrate this weekend bears little resemblance to the one we once knew and loved.
More and more, the new one seems like something being contrived or manufactured, then forced upon us by a coterie of liberal lobby groups, media luminaries and bureaucrats. I find it difficult to love this increasingly foreign country.
I love my province dearly.
For my wife and me, Alberta has only one serious rival, namely Manitoba.
So many of the crucial changes in our lives occurred in a very lovable city called Winnipeg.
Beyond that, we have the fondest memories for the habitats of our childhood -- for her, Greenfield, Nova Scotia.
For me (I have to confess it), the Beach in Toronto.
All these used to belong to a wonderful country called Canada.
But for the frankensteinian monstrosity being concocted to take its place, I find no love in my heart at all.
Sounds like Canadians need to quit being so appeasing and stand up and fight against their government and courts. Its not easy but it was a long road to get Ronald Reagan elected. Conservatives in Canada need to unite and do what they can to take the Government back. Hey Fox News has landed in Canada, maybe there is hope. lmbo
I didn't even bother celebrate Canada Day. I mean what the hell are we supposed to celebrate? The legalisation of sodomite marriage. The eternal reign of the liberal party. Our military constantly being disrespected? The fact that our nation's history being destroyed brick by brick. It was nearly a reflection for me about what we have lost as a nation. :-(
Yes, and WE DO TOO!
Seems to be the theme of government just about everywhere these days.
A representative government not based on God-given rights has nothing to represent.
We are. We are fighting the onslaught. Maybe I'm not seeing it because I don't live there (Canada) but my impression is that the Canadian conservative moment has long been fragmented and working at contrary ends almost guaranteeing that the country will remain in the control of the left.
We in the states can relate
evidently Canadians are still subjects.
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