Some not-so-psychic predictions

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Michael Johansen
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It's 2010 and Canada's top psychic has had his say: we are all doomed.
According to the fortune teller who predicted golfer Tiger Woods would hit a sandtrap of marital problems in 2009 (we should listen to him, since no one else foresaw that a rich, handsome and famous athlete might be tempted by beautiful women), Canada's prime minister will win his long-lusted-after majority government in April.
That is bad news for anyone who hopes that Canada won't lose the last shreds of its democracy before 2011 rolls around. Even with his shaky separatist-supported minority, Stephen Harper has managed to dismantle much of what makes Canada unique and valuable, so it doesn't take a psychic to predict that with unfettered power, he'll bulldoze the country to the ground and attempt to rebuild it in his own image.
Likewise, it doesn't take a psychic to see that to prevent this catastrophe, the country needs a whole new roster of leaders.
There are certainly few reasons for them to stick around. When the heads of Canada's biggest parties consistently do so badly that they make Bloc Quebecois chief Gilles Duceppe look like the best candidate to be prime minister, it's clear the country has been fielding the B-team for far too long. It's time for them to make way for better players.
Jack Layton might make a great mayor for Toronto, but he's obviously been trying to play in the wrong arena. He just doesn't grasp the fact that Canada is a large and diverse country. It was bad enough that he wasted so much effort trying to convert Canadians to New Democratism with his Toronto-first agenda, but at least for most of that time he was somewhat effective performing the NDP's traditional third-party role as opposition gadfly. However, ever since he jumped into the Conservative camp last fall to save Stephen Harper from getting the confidence voted out of him, his usefulness has come to an end - except insofar as his actions and policies show that the New Democrats need a leader willing to think outside of the southern Ontario box and to make a few daring decisions for the good of the whole country.
Same for the Liberals. Michael Ignatieff might have looked good on paper, but in real life he's proven himself to be the dampest of squibs. After thoughtlessly throwing away an opportunity to become the prime minister of a majority coalition at the start of last year, he's spent the intervening months alternating between propping up the Conservative minority and making them look so good that a majority might actually be within their reach. Ignatieff himself admitted he hasn't done as well as he might, but he's been learning none too quickly. Now he should realize that the time for on-the-job training is long past. He should step aside and make room for a Liberal who's capable of governing.
That leaves Harper and it's clearly within Canada's interest that Harper leave. Perhaps - like Layton in Toronto - Harper would have done better (and done the least amount of harm) if he'd become premier of Alberta instead of prime minister of Canada. Since most of his policies are, after all, geared to benefit western Reformers and tarsand barons, maybe he should have stayed in the shadows of the Rockies and not inflicted the whole country with his narrow-minded priorities. What with his constant attacks against Canadian democracy - he will never learn that it's not him, but Parliament as a whole, that reflects the voice of the Canadian people - it doesn't take a psychic to predict that if he isn't gone soon, the Canada its citizens and the world have come to admire, respect and love will have little chance of surviving 2010.
Happy New Year, indeed.

Michael Johansen has gone into travel mode. For the next while, he'll be writing from everywhere between Labrador and Vancouver Island and Tierra del Fuego.

Organizations: Bloc Quebecois, NDP

Geographic location: Canada, Toronto, New Democratism Southern Ontario Alberta Rockies Labrador Vancouver Island Tierra del Fuego

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  • Scott
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Who cares about Tiger? Elin should dump Tiger, and let him join Amway, along with his girlfriends , as Amway also screws anything that moves.

    Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

    As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products.

    Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: http://tiny.cc/D5oJh and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Sue Power, can you back your claim up?

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Ah, you should check what a real psychic says about tiger woods over at http://bit.ly/71BLKE

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Good article that I agree with almost entirely. I do not agree that Harper has dismantled us entirely, I think he has only just begun. I do like the point about Albertans being over represented in our parliament. Everything is slanted to accomodate Albertan values. Albertans are really the Texans of the North as far as I'm concerned. Dirty, environmentally retarded, evangelical, greedy, etc. all come to mind. I think we have to stand up for the non-redneck agenda and call things as they are. Our country has been highjacked by the ultra-right redneck faction of this country and we need a valid alternative. I am still hopeful that Ignatieff can improve as a politician and leader. If he is a real leader than he has to be a good listener. If he is listening he will put some true alternative, well defined platform out to us to evaluate. Yes, Harpers attack wolves will disect every sentence and find a negative spin even if obsurd-but that is the reality we face.

  • Sue
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    At least Harper is standing beside our troops, while Ignatieff wants a court marshal for Hillier.

  • Scott
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Who cares about Tiger? Elin should dump Tiger, and let him join Amway, along with his girlfriends , as Amway also screws anything that moves.

    Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

    As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products.

    Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: http://tiny.cc/D5oJh and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Sue Power, can you back your claim up?

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Ah, you should check what a real psychic says about tiger woods over at http://bit.ly/71BLKE

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Good article that I agree with almost entirely. I do not agree that Harper has dismantled us entirely, I think he has only just begun. I do like the point about Albertans being over represented in our parliament. Everything is slanted to accomodate Albertan values. Albertans are really the Texans of the North as far as I'm concerned. Dirty, environmentally retarded, evangelical, greedy, etc. all come to mind. I think we have to stand up for the non-redneck agenda and call things as they are. Our country has been highjacked by the ultra-right redneck faction of this country and we need a valid alternative. I am still hopeful that Ignatieff can improve as a politician and leader. If he is a real leader than he has to be a good listener. If he is listening he will put some true alternative, well defined platform out to us to evaluate. Yes, Harpers attack wolves will disect every sentence and find a negative spin even if obsurd-but that is the reality we face.

  • Sue
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    At least Harper is standing beside our troops, while Ignatieff wants a court marshal for Hillier.