I’m a proud Canadian.
I’m proud of the values I grew up with – embracing cultures and communities of the world, religious persuasion, celebrating that love is the person not the gender… believing in universal healthcare, access to quality education, funding for the arts, creating opportunities to work together in harmony with civility and compassion.
Understanding a helping hand and a second chance can make a positive difference. Recognising we are merely renting space on this planet and responsibility for generations to come in our treatment of our environment. Believing in fairness, a commitment to scientific discovery, that an open honest debate makes us stronger.
I’ve watched with an increasing sense of helplessness and frustration as the Canada I knew has been systematically dismantled. Nearly a decade under Harper has undermined the country I knew.
On a personal level, it has stripped me of the right to vote and even made me a 2nd class Canadian citizen. Under bill C-24, my citizenship can be taken away. And I have no recourse to protest this.
Today is a good day.
Today Canadians spoke up.
Today there is a change.
Today there is hope.
Thank you to all my Canadian friends who exercised their right to vote and spoke for all of us who cannot.
For a break-up of the election results check out: Canadian Federal Election 2015