Canadian politics are usually pretty boring. I mean, we’re all just so gosh-darned polite around here that even attack ads are practically conciliatory next to the ones south of the border. But now we’ve actually got some excitement! Yarn Harlot, in her inimitable style, has written a very clear and thorough explanation of what’s going on for those who
don’t quite get are bewildered by the situation, but I think I can sum it up as follows.
We’ve had a bit of a bully running things here for the last almost-two years (NB: this is my personal opinion, based on my point of view – some would say his aggressiveness and strategic panache are just what this country needs – I think he’s a bully), and finally the other kids in the playground, who outnumber him, have had enough and have grouped together to ask the teacher (read, Governor General) to give them the ball. So now he’s complaining that they’re trying to steal the ball, and threatening to throw it over the fence so no one can play until he’s had time to… well, bully everybody more? Honestly, I’m not sure what he thinks he’s going to really accomplish. So at this point it all depends on whether the teacher (Governor General) thinks that the other kids will be able to form a more stable playground environment (read, parliament). All right, the metaphor is stretching a little thin now, but you can see the picture.
It’s a sticky spot, constitutionally speaking, one without clear precedent or hard and fast rules. But I think it’s absolutely wonderful. The position of Governor General is very much a remnant of the monarchy, and some think it ridiculous in a modern democracy, especially since her duties are often seen as “mere” formalities. But a situation like this shows the wisdom of having a Head of State like this; someone who isn’t subject to pressures from lobbyists, who won’t lose her job because of an unpopular policy, whose role is really and truly to ensure that our parliament functions in the best interest of the country as a whole, according to our constitution. I honestly think it’s worth the expense, the pomp and ceremony, and just plain old-fashioned-ness of the role because sometimes you need one person who can say: “This is what’s best for the country”, and really, truly mean it.
In other news, knitting!
An FO: It’s Edgar from Knitty Fall ’05, in Noro Silk Garden 274 and was a nice fast & easy but still interesting knit. There’s been more progress on the brown/orange scarf, and I started another; a very subtly striped 1×1 rib in Kureyon 233 and Donegal Chunky Tweed. Perfect for the intended.
I’m afraid to say this, but last night I actually thought perhaps I’m becoming a little weary of all the knitting… it’s no good, because I’ve still got several projects to see through to FO status, and I’d rather enjoy the process than begrudge it. There are a lot of other things on my mind, plans and schemes for various aspects of both the near and far future that are keeping me a little distracted. And then we had no hot water for two days after the water heater “bust its spleen” as the downstairs neighbour so eloquently put it, and the furnace was being replaced too so it’s been a little chilly all round. The cats just spend their time curled into furry balls of “don’t bug me I’m warm” and I put on my long underwear and another polarfleece pullover.
It’ll be so nice to finish all these holiday projects so I can start my sweater…