George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four, Part III, Chapter 3
If the Oracle of Ottawa was a high end European Union or British Commonwealth tourist contemplating a trip to Canada in the near future, I would honestly have to advise you to give it a pass. You see, well, how can I explain this? Canada is under social deconstruction at the present time. It has been a slow and gradual process starting in 2006. But the progress was not very quick at that time, due to the Harper Government only holding a minority in the House of Commons. Of course, as you no doubt know, in 2011, they finally achieved through an utter fluke of democracy and the knotty bits of the first past the post electoral system, their long dreamed of stable majority Conservative government.
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The process of social deconstruction has really gathered steam. The long-gun registry and all the files that went with it are history. Many long lived and very socially equitable institutions such as the Canadian Wheat Board have already been dismantled. All of our most cherished social programs are now in the line for future dis-assembly. Old Age Security has been designated as the next big thing to be gone. Along with our treasured one tier, no exceptions, health care system is no doubt next.
But the worst thing so far, and it is really scary, has been the introduction of Bill C-30. This is essentially a reintroduction of the ancient English Star Chamber. Its main purpose is given as something else, but its real purpose is to crush any and all dissent concerning the wonderful and new improvements of the 'Harper Government'. The main piece that is causing an incredible uproar in Canada is the possibility of warrant less searches by the police at the behest of the 'Harper Government' and / or any of its minions, at any time, for no particular reason. The Oracle of Ottawa has tried to find the exemption for foreign nationals on vacation in Canada in the proposed bill, but as of yet, I have yet to locate the clause that states the exception. It therefore falls upon the Oracle of Ottawa to warn any and all tourists that any and all of your communications could be monitored and offered back to your home government as a favor and / or leverage.Just thought you should keep that in mind.
Once I lived in an equitable, benevolent, Just Society... Now? I have no idea where this is all going to end up....