Did he just call me crazy?
My local Conservative MP has accused me of substance abuse in Tweets before, but this accusation of delusional mental constructs is a bit much I think. Granted, the ‘questions of the day’ I pose to my local representative are loaded, leading and can generally not be responded to within a tweet. Notwithstanding, in a functioning democracy, elected officals owe it to the nation and their constituents to be accountable. In the past, Stephen Woodworth has been fairly good at responding. Especially considering how few people of his technology inept generation embrace such powerful social tools; I commend him for his effort and have provided constructive suggestions on how to be more effective with it.
So, you’ll see on February 14th, my ‘question of the day’ related to a few things. First of all, the Conservative Party of Canada is wildy regarded as being ethnocentric, ideological and opposed to increased immigration. Secondly, the party favors corporate welfare not social responsibility and seems opposed to stimulating innovation as they’d prefer to see more tax paying employees than self-actualizing innovators and entreprenurs. Thirdly, studies show the only material driver of job growth in developed economies is through new businesses.
I wanted to point out, that recognizing the power of small and new businesses to generate job growth and the need to keep Canada open to freedom seekers from around the world (a proud Canadian legacy); the Conservative policy of ethnocentric immigration does real damage to Canada’s economic potential and international reputation.
This QOTD was really because I lacked anything else to ask and that statistic intrigued me (found via @mashable). Mr. Woodworth replied attacking my ‘mental construct’ citing that such values make reasonable communication impossible.
THEN. Later that day (14th), this headline:
Visa cuts hit parents of immigrants hardest (CBC.ca)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that Canadian immigration should focus more on bringing in skilled workers and not such a focus on reuniting separated families. Sounds reasonable, not very humanistic, but sensible to prioritize a stronger Canadian economy.
As far as timing goes, rather serendipitous.
UNTIL. Today’s headline (16th):
Visas for skilled workers set to drop (CBC.ca)
BAM! How’s that for timing!
Two headlines confirming Conservative stereotypes follow within 2 days of asking my MP about his parties immigration policies, both being slammed by industry groups and people interested in making Canada a better place in the world.
I guess I’m just a delusional 20 something with an econoics degree having dabbled a bit in demographics. Maybe my mental construct isn’t so off base give the criticism significant economic players and decision makers have for this regressive political decision.
I’m sure the highly capable fear mongering Conservative propaganda machine will spin this to Tim Horton’s Canadians as protecting our jobs. I’d bet that a few Conservative MPs or candidates will tell those Canadians that Harper is working to give good jobs to “us" not "them”.
In my Canada there is a we, not us and them. Ideals like that make it impossible to communicate with me. Other impossible constructs include an accountable, law abiding, transparent government building a progressive, enviable nation called Canada. Clearly Mr. Woodworth and I have very different values.
Stephen Woodworth is a lawyer by training, I’m truly interested in his opinion on the recent development that International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda altered a document after it had been signed, which should be considered a ‘criminal breach of trust’ (Criminal Code of Canada s.336), notwithstanding being a despicable action and clearly demonstrating the Conservative Party of Canada’s ethnocentrism toward a organization inacurately labeled as ‘anti-semitic’. Kairos had been provided federal funding for over 30 years, up until this rouge edit.
Clearly, the government knows exactly what it’s doing building this nation and my opposition warrants an attack on my sanity.