Sunday, October 07, 2012

Tweedledee & Tweedledum-mer - Canada & Britain Sharing Embassies by Louis Evan Palmer

Canada apparently spent all that time and effort becoming independent of Great Britain for naught because in a twinkling, our Minister for External Affairs, the Loud, Bumbling John Baird has swept it away. Canada will now "share" embassies with Britain. No country or people will think less of Canada because of it, he tells us. It is not a  return to colonialism. Canada will continue to have its own policies and not necessarily be aligned  with Britain. But really, when those questions get asked, you're already there, you're already compromised. It doesn't matter how the embassy entrances look, is it to the left for Canada? It doesn't matter what the relative square footage will be for each "partner". It's a common law marriage in all but name. The perception regarding Canada's stature is devastating. It diminishes Canada in every way and on the world stage no less. Could Baird have picked a more damaging thing  to do short of traipsing into another war with Mother Britain or Big Brother America? Hardly. The Conservatives rabid right is emerging  into the broad daylight looking for enemies both foreign and domestic, firmly in the thrall of its historic me-first allies and their current political tendencies.

Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be, Tweedledee & Tweedledum-mer - Canada & Britain Sharing Embassies
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 Copyright 2012 Louis Evan Palmer He lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.

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