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WHERE IS THIS GOING?

There are times when you look deep into what planet some politicians come from? Can we trust them? Should we trust them? They hold in their hands where we’re headed. Even more important, will they screw up in our future?


We have the head of the province of Ontario, Primer Doug Ford, who keeps me shaking my head. He cut the budget for last year’s funding for Legal Aid. He changed his mind eight months later over the uproar, and brought it back.


He angered teachers when he increased class size. He cut funding for children’s aid societies in the province, only to be forced to bring it back.


To reduce debt, he cancelled plans for a French language university in Toronto. The outcry was so great among Franco Ontarians and others it prompted the provincial and federal governments to look for a way to make it possible.


A government decision to cancel an eastern Ontario wind farm is still up in the air.


An announcement this week by Ford has me not scratching my head, but pulling my hair out. He has demanded, according to the Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick, that ‘MPPs sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in the legislature on the first Monday of every month.


Rules are you only sing the anthem in the presence of royalty. Period.


How long has it taken us to drop all this nonsense? Come on. It’s bothers me enough that Queen Elizabeth 2 is known as The Queen of Canada. What the hell. Most English citizens I’ve met, know care little about us. Not that it matters. And it shouldn’t. Me? I won’t stand up…etc.


Author’s comment: If we must hear it, or sing it, let’s add the rest of the anthem. It includes:

“Scatter thine enemies, Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks...” Wow! That’s pretty heavy stuff.

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