"Most Senators would rather not have to actually vote against the bill, because they know how popular it is with Canadians of all political views. So, if we can raise a national outcry to demand a vote, we're likely to win. Liberal Senators have already pledged to get access to medicines through the Senate as quickly as possible — let's call on Conservative Senators to join them." [ https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_lives/ ]
Most Canadians are disgusted with the conservative effort to turn our health care into some sort of 'for-profit' system for their buddies, rather than save lives now, especially children who's circumstances prevent them from access to life-saving drugs.
Underlying the issue at hand is the government's attitude that... 'no, we really don't have to follow the will of the people of our country, because the idea that Canada is a democracy is delusional.' And so, apparently is its humanity.
I read a blog today ( bigthink.com) suggesting the real stories of the people who endured last weeks earthquake and tsunami are finding voices now. Voices that are not happy with the attention, out of all proportion even by their own standards**, media and the Japanese government is paying to a potential nuclear threat, and/or whether a handful of greedy stockholders (stockmarket disruptions), when the actual loss of life, property, lifestyle is so very real and continuing. Perhaps these real people fear the fate of the Indonesian tsunami survivors, or the Haitians or the Katrina victims, none of whom have received, years later, much of the help promised to them by government and officialdom.
Our hearts, thoughts, prayers are extended to those people and their losses from the rest of the world.
What is the point of being human if we are told by the official pundits that the important matters are industry, profit, global economy and who is going to pay?
A painful irony: during all the current horrific human catastrophe in Japan, here is our government, wondering in all its senatorial wisdom, whether we should prefer business profits over saving lives.
Get your priorities straight, guys.
- Killing Bill C-393 would be a facepalm of the highest possible order. (boingboing.net)
- Generic-drug fight moves to Senate (theglobeandmail.com)
- Canada's assistance teams poised for deployment to Japan (calgaryherald.com)
- How you can help respond to the disaster in Japan (cbc.ca)
Note: this is simultaneously published at riotthill.com