Thanks to one of the evil emissaries of American imperialism for calling my attention to this op-ed by Mike Warkentin in Winnipeg's Uptown magazine. Those emissaries... so helpful.
I'll call your attention first to this quote from Mark:
"I, too, hope Bill C-61 dies a quick death and is replaced by something less likely to be abused by corporations..."
because, obviously, here is where Mark and I part ways. I'm just not sure killing legislation is the path to better laws. I'm hoping for vibrant discussion and a healthy amendment process -- you know, governing. But I don't fault Mark at all for his opinion, which is intelligently and wittily expressed; I simply disagree with it.
Where Mark and I walk the same track is outlined in the rest of his article -- specifically in his dismay about the loud and emotional protest surrounding this bill. Like so:
"While I agree that Bill C-61 is a dud, I'm amazed that average Canadians are currently calling for changes in government with French Revolution language simply because someone might stop them from jogging to the new Madonna album.
Really? That's what we're worried about in Canada? That's our greatest challenge as a nation?
I'd suggest Canada has bigger problems that would benefit from a little activism and public outrage, but perhaps dead soldiers in Afghanistan aren't as important as that new JT track. Maybe concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions should take a seat behind the guy watching a ripped episode of Family Guy on a flight to Toronto. And maybe our Aboriginal issues just don't matter so long as we can use YouTube to watch scenes of Adam Beach on Law and Order: SVU.
Call me a cynic, but I think it's a sad sign of the times that some truly momentous legislation goes unchallenged while citizens threaten to revolt on Facebook over DVDs."
And yes, I'm just going to go ahead and take credit for the French Revolution meme that appears in the above quote. I took a lot of heat over my description of Dr. Geist as a red-sashed revolutionary leading his people to the barricades (He's calling our leader a pirate! Keelhaul him!). I'm glad to see, at least, that somebody got the reference.