Don’t worry, my American friends, you don’t have the market cornered on right-wing boobery. Canada is in the midst of a federal election campaign — 78 days — which is the metric equivalent of 2 American years. There has never been a campaign this long in Canada. We like our campaigns like we like our sex: painlessly gotten over with and no one particularly pleased with the results.
Some have said our incumbent PM Harper is hankering for an American-style system, which is why he made this campaign longer than usual. (See also “Canadian sex; longer than usual.”) The content of his campaign also seems to emulate the knee-jerk strategies of U.S. politics — emphasis on “jerk.”
There is the nonsensical debate over whether women should be allowed to wear the niqab when taking a citizenship oath — an issue that affects maybe three people a year. Granted, 3 is also the population of Winnipeg.
And then last week, the Tories said they would set up an RCMP hotline so you could squeal on your neighbours for carrying out “barbaric cultural practices.” Throw that hashtag in Twitter and see just how successful that thought balloon was.
How did Canadians get so angry? Why are we so duped by these hot button issues? Why am I asking you?
Here’s my latest piece for CBC Radio “Breakaway,” in which I get all my crankies out.