So before the right-wing naysayers begin with all of the whining about gender equality and diversity trumping “qualifications”, let me stop you before you begin. The Minister of Science is a science professor? How dare they? The Minister of Health is a doctor? Scandalous! The Minister of Defence was in the military? SHOCKING! What a disgusting and absolute disregard for WMCP’s (white male career politicians) everywhere!
Look man, our new Transport Minister was the first Canadian in SPACE. If you know of someone who has more travel experience than that, I’m sure the PM would love to hear about it.
These all seem like sensible, rational, and far LESS politically-motivated appointments than we’ve seen in, well, ever. So let’s just go with it and see how they do. Maybe… just maybe… the WMCP’s aren’t always the right white man for the job. In fact, the whole problem with the system in Canada, and the US, Britian, etc. etc etc. etc. is that the people that are running the governments aren’t people anymore. They’re not experts in their fields. They’re have no vested interest in their posts, or in the ramifications of their decisions. Most politicians in these cases are appointed based on how well they’ve served the party, or the big-money interests behind the party, not whether they have a better-than-fourth-grade grasp of basic science, or a handle on the history and philosophy that have brought us to this point in our evolution (or, in some cases, that they even have the brain-span to conceive of the possibility of evolution.)
These “politicians” are nothing more than poll jockeys. They’re demographic pleasure machines. Not-always-but-usually-white-male career politicians. “Politician” has become a career unto itself, and the job description seems to be “Are you willing to sell out anyone and everyone? Are you available for purchase? Are you willing to outwardly subvert any and all personal opinions, values, morals and obligations in the name of power, money and celebrity? IF SO: Sign up here!”
So, yes. I absolutely agree with our new PM and his crew. I think it’s bloody brilliant that someone had the sense to appoint people with relevant experience, rather than “political” experience. I think it’s about time that our leadership is more freely representative of our actual ethnic, gender and cultural make-up. I think we’re on a much better track, a much more positive and intelligent track, than we have been in most of my Lifetime. And I’m old as f*ck. So how about we give it a try and see if maybe we can change the course of this country, and this world, before it’s entirely too late. GO CANADA!
Now let’s get back to cat videos and Star Wars VII rumours, shall we?