Recently I was reminded again of why so many Ukrainian Canadians scorn politics and politicians.
The other day I got a press release by email. It documented an argument in the House of Commons between (Liberal) MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj and Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, Jason Kenney.
The argument was, ostensibly, about redress for the WWI internment of Ukrainians and other East Europeans. I just can't help wondering, tho, if pitting the Canadian taxpayer against the Ukrainian community wasn't just a convenient smokescreen for Jason and Borys to continue an old grudge match from a different game.
But, decide for yourself. Read the press release and the ensuing argument here .
To me, it seems rather odd for politicians to be spending so much time and energy arguing over what amounts to a drop in the taxpayers' bucket. So I am beginning to doubt this issue will ever be more than a handy political football for opposition politicians.
After all, for the past 30 years, Prime Ministers from Jean Chretien to Stephen Harper have wasted little time tossing it back to the opposition benches once they got into power. (Even the NDP wants into the Ukrainian Redress game, judging by MP Peggy Nash's well crafted, heartfelt statement.
Anyway, to me this little political (melo) drama really isn't a whole lot different from those in Ukraine. I've long felt that since 1991 Ukraine has been getting a crash course on "democracy" from the west, and is a very quick study.
I mean, how much more likely is it that Canada will cough up the money to enact Bill C-331 than Ukraine will to prevent piracy of music CDs or ensure foreign movies are dubbed into Ukrainian?
It seems politicians the world over are way better at making promises than keeping them, and Canadians have no right to feel superior to Ukraine. (Don't get me started on income trusts and museum funding cuts!)
I wonder if anyone else shares my disappointment in politicians, or if am I just being a Pollyanna and expecting too much ...