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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where Credit is Due

I am often loathe to give the Conservative Party credit for anything. This time they surprised me. I would not have expected them to do this.

Recently, in the Ottawa area a young teen aged boy, Jamie Hubley, who suffered from depression committed suicide. Life had gotten to difficult for him to envision life getting to better. Among his difficulties was that he was often a victim of bullying at school. He was different. He was openly gay and had tried to form a club a school of students who were sympathetic to the issues homosexuals face in our society. For this he had been tormented and even physically abused. He was apparently one of those students that teenagers feel they can pick on. He was interested in acting and figure skating and I assume a more gentle soul that his tormentors.

Jamie was the son of a local politician so his family was well know. As a result, he became a cause célèbre .

To their credit some Conservative members of parliament as well a some staff members made the following video in support of gay youth to try to get the message out that life will get better.

Who would have expected this from the Conservatives? Apparently, not I! It is too their credit that they did it.

I Canada we often like to compare our political conservatives with the American conservatives, our Conservatives and their Republicans. While they share a lot in common, they are different, mainly because of the differences in culture. Canadian Conservatives, like Canadians in general are less strident, less religious (certainly not a requirement legitimacy) that our American conservative cousins. They also are shaped by the more liberal and progressive culture of Canada, which they in some ways hope to move to the right.

As a result of these differences, with the exception of a few arch conservative members from Western Canada, the Conservative Party is not ready to dismantle our universal health care system, or change the law to allow for capital punishment, or restrictions on abortions, or nullify same sex marriage. The prime minister, who is a member of a religiously conservative denomination that would support such initiatives has made it clear they are not on the table. He knows such meddling would be political suicide (and besides our legal system has largely been the branch of government that has changed these laws based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

When the Conservative Party was reformed several years ago they jettisoned the name of the old Progressive Conservative Party. It seems Canada is not ready for a radically conservative party yet to yet so the present Conservative Party is much like it predecessor, fiscally conservative and socially progressive, not willing to undo the the progressive institutions that Liberals and New Democrats ushered in over the years. At least not, yet.

The Conservatives Government has even committed itself to promote gay rights among Commonwealth Countries ( and I would hope among the Francaphonie) where homosexuality is still often considered illegal, a grounds for discrimination and even punishable by death)

In the mean time, I welcome the Conservatives willingness to be supportive of homosexual youth, in Canada, with their generous and heart felt video "It Gets Better".


At 2:49 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'll agree with your title, but I think they would wrench us quite a bit further right if they could. Being in power and wanting to stay there, however, does tend to have a moderating effect. :)

At 7:58 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

A sad tale but happening way too frequently. I'm glad to hear that your Conservative Government is nothing like ours. The Republicans in our country have gone so far astray that I can hardly believe that we live in the same country.

At 1:59 a.m., Blogger Gattina said...

That's very sad ! I hate intolerance. Nobody cares about the private life of our politicians in Belgium. They can be gay or have 50 mistresses, if they are good in their job. Our future prime minister is gay, everybody knows, nobody cares because he is good and he managed to keep the country together. Sometimes he is seen in a bar with a compagnon, so what ? In Belgium homosexuals are allowed to marry.

At 6:29 p.m., Blogger judie said...

Your UTube prompted me to go to the UTube site and I watched a few other "It gets better" videos. It's sad that this is the way of the world. It has always been. It's always one thing or another and I have just given up, Philip. I no longer have any causes. Everyone has to fight their own battles. It's sad. Just plain sad.


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