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Editor's Notes
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 22 (281)
Friday, July 01, 2011

O Canada, The True North Strong and Free

Harper has feet stuck in the 19th century with back to the 21st

Collective bargaining is right won with blood, sweat, and tears

Steven Harper was declared war on collective bargaining, a vital right won through heroic struggles by men and women prepared to put their lives on the line.  

Stephen Harper is a righteous man. He really believes he has a Covenant with God that puts him above civil law. The back to work legislation that he forced through parliament, Sunday, June 26, against the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is merely the first example of his intention to rule Canada by what he believes is his Divine Right.

He wins support from the timid and the jealous who find solace in a strong leader even as did those millions, unable to cope with the uncertainties of life, who found comfort in the mad dictators of the 20th century.

They are jealous because unionized workers both blue and white collar have wages and benefits that are more often better than their own. Their timidity has been apparent because they've always been afraid to roll up their sleeves and fight for a better life on their own behalf. They've been satisfied, but still jealous, for spin-off gains made by their more courageous neighbours.

The right to collective bargaining didn't drop out of the sky. It was won through heroic struggles by men and women who were prepared to lay their lives on the line. And they did. Unsung in our history books are the savage attacks by employers and their governments that resulted in death, physical, and mental injury of uncounted numbers.

The right to collective bargaining was won on a bloody battlefield. The wages, the salaries, the benefits, were wrung from the greedy hands of those who could afford it but preferred not to pay.

Harper would spend billions on silly war aircraft to satisfy the military industrial complex and their weak-minded world domination ambitions but would destroy the collective bargaining rights of hard working Canadians. Collective bargaining is a cornerstone of our experiment in democracy. Wars of aggression for phony 'humanitarian' reasons are simply not the Canadian Way.

Yes, Harper has fooled enough of the voters to win him a majority in parliament but only with minority support of the electorate.

Canadians must exercise their right to take to the streets with demonstrations opposing his intention to Americanize Canada, even if this requires non-violent civil disobedience.

If Canadians respond with true Canadian determination to defend our way of life, Harper may be held to the political centre. But to be effective the message must be delivered loud and clear to the man who would be President.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

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