Hold on to your butts, everyone, because I’m about to say something nice about politics in Canada.
I mean, sure our politics has its problems. We have a corrupt and authoritarian Prime Minister who doesn’t believe in science and doesn’t think anyone else should either. We have electoral fraud and a corporate-owned media that backs the fraudsters. We have far, far too much executive control over what should be autonomous functions of parliament and the civil service. We have a bunch of anachronistic provincial governments demanding more authority when they should be fading away, and a bunch of cities which are essentially incapable of managing their own affairs. We have an official policy of anti-immigrant race baiting in Quebec, and 19th-century style anti-First Nations colonialism throughout the country.
But for all of that, and maybe more, at least we don’t have a bunch of bonkers anarcho-capitalists in positions where anyone needs to give a shit what they think.
You know, I don’t want to tempt fate, but I feel fairly confident in saying that the sort of ridiculous shenanigans presently happening south of the border could not happen here. Not only would our parliamentary system not stand for it, but there is really absolutely nothing in Canada’s political culture that is remotely comparable to the Tea Party; the closest that we have is a narcoleptic MP and a TV “news” channel that no one watches.
So yes, let us thank heaven for small mercies.