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Robocalls and a Royal Commission

I dearly love The Rick Mercer Report.  Rick doesn’t mince words when it comes to his opinions on politics and especially when he sees something going wrong with our country…so Rick usually has alot to say.  Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s funny but it’s always entertaining and dead on the money – the mark, to me at least, of an excellent comedian.

For those not familiar with The Rick Mercer Report, every episode has a section called “Rant” and it’s always my favourite part.  Few people can execute a rant with the precision and clarity that Rick can. His latest has to do with the Robocall Scandal.

Not sure what I’m talking about?  Okay well, as a it happens Rick has a previous Rant on the same topic – it should do for a primer if the wiki link above falls into the TL;DR category:

Alright now that you have some background we get to the part I like the most, Ricks idea on what-the-fuck we should do about it.

This is an excellent idea, the Harper government has been battling this monster for a while now, it’s not going away.  What little trust there has been in Harper has been rattled.  A Royal Commission initiated from the only person above the Prime Minister would go a long way to restoring faith that the Government of Canada still belongs to the Canadian people.  That, when necessary, the Governor General will step up and intervene – because frankly I’ve always thought of the position as more ceremonial than anything else – a rubber stamp for the PM.  This is the type of scenario that justifies such a position.

I’d love to be proven wrong on this.  Hell, I’d love to be shown that it wasn’t Harper or his government – I have no love for the man or his policies but you hope at least he was fairly elected to office.

Mr. Johnston, your position demands that you be addressed as “His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston” well sir, as far as I’m concerned, it’s your time to earn such a grand title.  I may not have faith in any god, but I believe in Canada.  I’m watching our sibling nation, the U.S., tear itself apart and it’s frustrating – to watch our own country start to degrade in a similar manner is utterly heart breaking and infuriating.

We’re better than this and we can rise above it.  But first we must know whom is to blame for this and fix it.  Democracy, for all its flaws, is still a beautiful thing and it’s too precious to leave to chance.  Make no mistake, this behaviour is corrosive to the very idea of Democracy – how seriously we treat this will determine whether we live in a free country or one that just claims to be.