Guest Post: Why Regular Citizens Are Fed Up With Canada’s Polarizing Politics

Guest Post: Why Regular Citizens Are Fed Up With Canada’s Polarizing Politics

By: Renee Smith

Politics is one of my favourite topics. I love reading about it, talking about it, learning about it. I feel we are lucky indeed to be living in a country that seems to value freedom and opinions. I am truly appreciative of that freedom and I am grateful to those who have ensured it.

What troubles me lately is the seeming polarization of our politics. It seems that if you agree with or support something, it means you are against or hate the opposite. It’s beginning to feel that if you have an opinion that differs from someone else, then you deserve to be treated with disrespect, hatred and downright venom.

“It’s beginning to feel that if you have an opinion that differs from someone else, then you deserve to be treated with disrespect, hatred and downright venom.”

I truly value and respect debates and discussions. I like to read and hear opposing viewpoints, it either helps to affirm my own or helps me to gain a different perspective. To hear the other side is to develop a clearer understanding of our world and those in it.

When did “politically correct” become a dirty phrase? Doesn’t politically correct just mean being polite and nice and compassionate? I always thought these were good things to be. Make no mistake however, being nice does not mean doormat! Far from it, I think being nice makes us a stronger and more creative and focused nation.

When I came across A Strong Canada and read their mission and vision, I was thankful. I’m so glad they are trying to shine a light on the toxicity that seems to be invading our political interactions. I’m so glad they are trying to attract young and disaffected people into the conversation. I’m so glad they are calling out the small-minded and mean-spirited people who are trying to control and corrupt the facts to their ends.

“I’m so glad they are calling out the small-minded and mean-spirited people who are trying to control and corrupt the facts to their ends.”

People do need to be responsible about their words and should not be encouraging hate or violence but we must keep the flow of conversation going and open to all. No one should be afraid to express their opinion.



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