Archive for November, 2015

Can You Imagine

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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David Hutchison, Writer

 

Can you imagine what it will be like to have a leader who does what he says like our Prime Minister? Isn’t it wonderful, a man of goodwill, and morality? A positive and hopeful voice, does it get any better?

 

Justin is our face to the world, they have forgotten everyone else. He is bright and handsome and he answers for his promises. Does it get any better than that, what is the matter with us?

 

The media is feasting on cowardice, afraid like the conservative bastion they serve. If he can turn his back on the rabble through a long and grueling campaign, so can we. Let us bathe in his light.

 

Imagine a man who stands by his word. It has been said, trust is the currency of humanity. Our young Prime Minister’s pockets are full of that currency and he is spending it freely. He gave his word.

 

Justin Trudeau is the greatest opportunity the country has seen since his father. The things he said he would do, he is doing. What else can we ask? In response we should honour him with our support now, as we did during the election.   

 

Those 25,000 people living in the squalid border camps of  Lebanon and Turkey represent much of what drove the economies of Syria and Iraq. They may be the very best of what those countries have to offer, an educated population trying to immigrate through a legal process.

 

We can lead the world or cower. Forty percent of us voted on mass for him, so let us support him. The other sixty percent are a fractured chorus, let us guide them.

 

This is Canada, and anything is possible!  

 

David Hutchison, Writer

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In Answer to Turtles

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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David Hutchison, Writer

I close my eyes to imagine the open skylight over our bed and hear the bells of Notre Dame. When we live in Paris, we are here in Le Marais.

 More than the sound of bells, it is the sound of the people. The rallies for various unions and parties, their calls for he or she, they are French, it is what they do. I miss that, that vibrance and defiance.

Friends are sad for us as they say we can’t go back. They are wrong, our plans are solid; we will go back, again and again. We won’t turtle and lay prostrate chilled with fear. We, like the French will be defiant.  Our tears have been shed, and our resolve stiffened.

Their President has declared war with jets and battle ships. They’re French, they don’t waffle. Everyone else is, but we can’t. They are part of our culture.

French is a language we speak, or should speak. France is a place where our roots still grow. Roots fed by our dead from battles long ago.

The media in Canada is rife with retreat.  Michael Den Tandt’s column in the Vancouver Sun yesterday, Anthony Furey of the Province this morning, a few amongst a myriad of demands that our Prime Minister turtle on his and our commitments.

If we waffle, the nation waffles and our credibility sinks further into the mess left by his predecessor. First day, first call Mr. Trudeau advised the President of the United States of America our jets would be withdrawn.

We as a nation voted in agreement with the commitment to return them before its expiration date. He was very vocal on bringing in 25,000 Syrian refuges by January 1st, 2016. And again we supported the commitment.

Media of every type is full of opposition voices calling out to stop Syrian immigration. America is already bailing on their commitments, while Europe is awash in refuges. At this moment there are more displaced people on the move than at any time since the 2nd World War.   

Canada is not a nation to cower before murders, and Justin is right, this war will be won on the ground. Our troops will be there on the front lines training all those who are left with the will to fight.

In world history great steps forward are taken by people able to stare down the naysayers. Canada is that kind of country, and we are that kind of people.

For this nation at this moment, what is at risk is the courage to honour those commitments. We voted on mass to support our new leader. And where and when we can, every effort should be made to offer our support for and to these new Canadians.

Greatness demands courage. If we want to be great, support the decisions of our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

We will have no truck with turtles!

David Hutchison Writer

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My city is burning!

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

 

I love Paris, but its 5000 miles away, and I can do nothing, but mourn!

 

It is most amazing city I have ever known, and again it is

under attack. Twice Linda and I have visited, the last time

for the month of September this year. Each time we rented

an apartment, shopped with the Parisians for our groceries 

and pastries. Sat with them in their cafes and embraced the

culture.

 

Today I’m not there to offer support, to share their pain or their outrage. Paris is under attack and my heart is breaking for them.

 

At this time no one really knows who is responsible. Given the coordination required to attack multiple areas within the city suggests more than rogue attackers.

 

Most likely it is ISIS, or Al Qaida, but as ISIS attacked Charlie Hebdo, instinct would suggest it is those mongrels again. The last attack was because they claimed the newspaper besmirched Mohammad. Never once did these savages consider that their own atrocities were the cause.

 

Despite this horror, Canadians have to focus our efforts on humanitarian support in the communities where Syrians, and Iraqis are living in squalid camps on the borders outside their home lands.

 

Within the not to distant future the military powers of the world will turn their full force on the enemy with boots on the ground. Canadians cannot be distracted by this. We have to save those running for their lives. They are the ones who will have to go back and rebuild.

 

And just as importantly we must accept the Syrian immigrates as soon as they land on our shores to live amongst us. As a nation we must show them there is a better way of life. Once here, they will embrace the security, and turn against all who would rupture it.

  

This ISIS carrion is trying to scare us. They have no true love for life or God, whom they profess to worship. How sad, how pathetic, how vulgar. They offer no culture, and build nothing.

 

They are trash, yet we have to pave over the damage, and move on never to mention their names again or what they have done. Let us leave a blank spot in history to ignore them, and their murder.   

 

These people crave adoration. It is our responsibility to deprive them of it. At the same time we must not hate or we will become them, and all that we have built will be lost to the retribution of our vengeance.

 

And finally we must return to Paris again, and again to demonstrate we will not cower before them, but trample them with our commitment to justice, and our love for this city, and its people.

 

Je Suis Paris

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