Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that was a good thing. But the current government under Trudeau Jr. is ...

Montreal Simon: Bill C-51 and the Dangerous Apathy of Canadians

As you know I find it hard to understand why so many Canadians are so complacent about what Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are doing to this country.Violating our values, making a mockery out of our democracy, and trying to turn us into a police state.And when I saw this tweet from Susan ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Canada’s Tuned-Out Electorate

Many Canadians don’t give a damn about what goes on in Ottawa. (I’m using “Ottawa” as a euphemism for Parliament and the government rather than the city. You probably figured that out.) This makes no sense whatsoever to me. First, a few numbers. The table below of voter turnout during past elections, and the graph ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

It’s mostly us. Many of us have heard of the idea of planning policy to consider effects seven generations downline. We’re pretty smart. It shouldn’t be that hard. But we have many incentives to think short term. Sometimes so short that we are ignorantly and apathetically victimizing our descendants. But I’m going to challenge you ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Thinks You’re Stupid: Yet Another Reason

You know it’s a rough day for the prime minister when the Sun News Network demonstrates they aren’t always a Fox News North Conservative Party lapdog by calling them on the Economic Action Plan lunacy. If you wonder why lots of people don’t vote, it’s in part because they think governments think we’re stupid. Running ...

Indifferent To Democracy

Indifference and democracy go together about as well as oil and water, which is not at all. Yet that is precisely where we we are today, far too may Canadians have checked out and no longer seem to care enough to even bother voting let alone get angry,even when they see wrongdoing on the part ...