I’m sorry but you don’t get to say no. You don’t get to hold 500 000 children hostage without consequences. You don’t get to ignore the law. You don’t get to spend millions of dollars of public funds on the spewing of lies and distortions and misinformation without being called to account.
Does the echo chamber you live in prevent you from hearing the sounds of the widespread dissent to your actions? How much longer do you plan to ignore the voices of hundreds of thousands of people who provide the money that pays your salary?
You are public servant.
You are supposed to serve the people. You are especially supposed to act on behalf the most vulnerable people in society, our children.
What have you done for children lately?
You have done nothing about childhood poverty. You have denied parents help with daycare. You have instead chosen to spend millions keeping children out of school.
I cannot understand how anyone would want that to be part of their legacy: that they kept children out of school deliberately.
Do you remember what you learned in Socials 11?
Did you not study the role of citizens in a democracy? Do you understand your teacher explaining to you that the very thing that separates a democracy from other kinds of governance is precisely that citizens have a say in the way they are governed?
Did you not write an essay or do a project on “How Citizens Can Influence Government” If you need a refresher the question and the answer key is available on the MoE website under Past Provincial exams.
Here’s your cheat: Citizens should participate in a democracy and also influence government by voting in elections, by responding to public opinion polls, by joining a political party, by joining a pressure group, by writing letters to the editor and sometimes by engaging in civil disobedience.
Those are the things that ordinary citizens can do but some citizens are more powerful than others. These citizens can hire lobbyists to do this work for them. These lobbyists are usually former members of government who know the ins and outs of how government works. They have an important list of phone numbers. They have drinks with the people that “matter”. They get paid millions of dollars for this work. Amounts of money that ordinary citizens can’t afford but corporations can.
How much influence on this government have lobbyists for mining corporations had? How much influence have they bought through election campaign donations? Through paying lobbyists to convince a politician to vote a certain way? Through publishing “reports from “think tanks”
We may not have millions of dollars but there are millions of us who you ignore and we are tired of it.
We are tired you allowing mining companies to treat our province as a dumping ground for their waste after they have extracted resources that hardly contribute anything to our collective wealth.
We are tired of you readily finding money for corporations while hundreds of thousands of children starve.
We are tired of being told that we just don’t understand fiscal policy and that the only way we can pay for a quality education for our children is through the raising of taxes.
This is yet another of your many outright blatant lies and distortions as many have continually pointed out.
I realize that Plato gave politicians permission to lie because he said that ordinary people would just not understand why things had to be done in certain ways. I bet he did not have 41 000 educated teachers in mind back then.
We understand quite clearly that you have distorted democracy. Your government is not representative of the people it governs. Your government behaves as though the only people it is responsible to are corporations or the affluent. Your government acts as though it is above the law.
You are not.
You don’t get to just say no.