Monday, January 18, 2010

I See You: Proroguing Parliament

WE NOTICED A YOUNG woman handing out flyers as our vehicle crawled along a busy Vancouver street last Sunday. We were on our way out of the City after seeing Avatar at Scotiabank Theatre. Several people rejected what she offered and quickly walked by. I rolled down the car window and asked what she was doing. She smiled and handed me a small piece of paper, bringing me back to earth from Avatar’s imaginary planet Pandora and its breathtaking beauty.

The flyer was about an upcoming Rally on January 23, 2010, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 1 pm to 4 pm. Leaving the paper to wrinkle in my pocket, I was, nonetheless, impressed with the woman’s willingness to get involved. My instinct is to reject the notion that Mr. Harper can simply shut down Parliament at his whim. Those wanting to know more about Prorouging and the reason for the rally can visit here.

In the Avatar movie, there is a greeting the people of Pandora give to one another that means more than a simple 'hello' or 'how are you'. The 'I see you' greeting seems to offer a greater sense of connection, understanding and appreciation between people. I suppose when one turns to politics, however, 'I see you' can also represent people paying attention when some leaders hope to quietly move their agendas along, assisted by public apathy.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. The proroguing of Parliament might even be the first step toward a dictatorship. Will our grandchildren live in Harperland instead of Canada? Unlikely, the average Canadian would think. After all, this is Canada, where everything is wonderful. Or is it? We might never know, but generations to come might not thank us for doing nothing.
    You always "give me to think", Penelope.


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