I have one last thing to shout out from the top of my soapbox before leaving the issue alone – Bill C-11 has passed into law.
Democracy seems to have failed me here. To be more accurate, upon closer inspection, my elected representative seems to have failed me. I received a reply to my email via snail-mail last week. Russ Hiebert sure does like to use mail rather than email to communicate. Must be the lawyer in him wanting to draw things out and spend other people’s money doing so.
What’s that? Do I sound bitter? Yes. Yes I do. Or more accurately, I’m annoyed at this whole thing. For years now I have been trying to engage with my elected rep, my Member, as it were, with 0 results. I don’t get the sense that he is here to represent the needs of his constituents. Here’s his last letter to me.
Does that sound like he engaged in my letter’s contents? Nope. Does it sound like he ignored me and simply restated his party’s official stance? Yup. It feels like he’s actually gone out of his way to completely ignore my questions. If he thinks they’re ridiculous then at least tell me so, engage with me, discuss the issues with me. This letter just annoys me.
So the law passed, my voice was impotent, and Canada continues to heel to international watchdogs rather than setting a bold course forward, intending to make the country a digital leader.