Canadian heroine, Elizabeth May

According to the media Elizabeth May’s mishap at this year’s press gallery dinner, giving a speech while impaired, was a disaster that would finish her.

My guess is, one of the other guests slipped something into her drink. Tricks like this have been used since the time of the pharaohs, and drugs are everywhere these days.

In taking the leadership of Canada’s Green party, May challenged very powerful forces. The billionaire Koch brothers are currently enlisting other billionaires with the aim of controlling the coming U.S. elections. Oil money is active in Canada too, and it backs the Harper government.

May cannot expect fair play in this battle, any more than David did when facing Goliath, or Batman in struggling with the Joker. Her opponent acknowledges no rules, and its only intention is to win.

Today’s contest differs from previous wars and showdowns in that the stakes involve the health of the entire world. No matter how much the octogenarians and their minions huff and puff, the age of oil is drawing to a close. Clean energy  sources must be brought in, for the sake of humanity’s survival.

May’s performance in the first debate, held by Maclean’s Magazine, was stellar. After she threatened Stephen Harper’s dominance though, the hosts cut her from the following two debates.

A lesser person than Elizabeth May would be crushed by this sort of exclusion. The use of Twitter to maintain her presence is ingenious, and highly commendable.

The second debate, hosted by the Globe and Mail, focused on the economy. Like Tom Mulcair’s NDP, May favours raising taxes on the large corporations. The present 15% corporate income tax rate, brought in by Stephen Harper, allows top executives, directors and major stock holders to do extremely well. But the millions funneled to the few means decreased funds for Canada’s schools, health care and infrastructure.

This difference in tax policy is one more example of the great divide between the ruling Conservatives and the parties looking to replace them. The Harper government has abandoned any pretense of serving the Canadian people, and mention of the “common good” is not in its vocabulary.

The coming national elections will see a real turning point, as Canadians decide whether they want to continue with democracy, and having a voice in their own government, or whether they are more comfortable with an old world style autocracy, and a stratified class system.

However things go this October, Elizabeth May will sail through; a true Canadian heroine, she saw the menacing dead hand for what it is, and refused to let it drag her down.

 

 

 

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