Are you feeling discontented these days. I know I am especially with our governments in so many ways. As I related in my December Alberta Outdoorsmen column, our governments seem to have lost their way and make decisions based on short-term goals and outdated political ideologies instead of the needs of the people and the future of the province, country or planet.
In my column I used the wildlife resource in Alberta as an example of how the provincial government fails to preserve the long-term values of living in Alberta against the short-term values of earning easy money. It doesn’t seem to remember or want to learn about the lessons of the past and how important wild areas are to the physical and mental well being of all, not to mention the health of the environment.
The latest fracas over health care further illustrates to me how this current government doesn’t have a plan to make health care viable and indeed the envy of the nation if not the world, but instead seems determined to make it fail when solutions are at hand and workable if those solutions were just allowed to work. Instead, we seem to be on a downward spiral of character assassination and finger pointing.
On the federal level, I used the long-gun registration fiasco in my column as an example of the lack of leadership at the federal level. The three major parties have ensured that each side of the issue is well entrenched, with everybody yelling but no one listening. Where are the visions for the future of this country that citizens need to see from their leaders in order to make informed decisions? Our present party leaders have no such visions. Sure, we are a diverse country with many points of view; but that diversity should be praised and celebrated, not used to alienate and polarize.
So, what’s wrong with that? (a rhetorical question)