The Canadian government would be cancelled due to ratings if it were a cable TV show.
But governments are not designed to entice viewers; they’re meant to serve. Lack of audience attention will have no effect on the “midseason premiere” of Everybody Loves Stephen.
Today’s throne speech will be no different from its predecessors. There will be no closure on last season’s cliffhangers. The speech will foreshadow the intent of the Conservative-majority 41st Parliament, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks to the 2015 election. If he wins, it would be his fourth-straight victory.
Sir John A. Macdonald was the last Conservative prime minister to win four straight elections. That’s an impressive feat, considering Macdonald was an alcoholic who hanged Louis Riel and resigned in 1873 after admitting to taking Canadian Pacific Railway money for his party’s campaign.
I wish that season of the government was available on DVD, as it’s taken a serious downturn in plotlines.
Harper’s Tories are nearly in their eighth year of power, with a variety of ups, downs, twists and turns for the public to debate over. And still, the federal government that we elected is a topic of conversation less than How I Met Your Mother or Big Bang Theory.
All governments are more interesting than both of those shows.
Harper’s Conservatives are incredibly boring, and that speaks to how dangerous they are politically. It’s documented that the prime minister runs a tight ship and constantly keeps the media at bay.
And though Harper’s white-knuckle grip over his party hasn’t prevented scandals and mess-ups, it has prevented these events from blowing up in his face.
He is an incredibly talented politician, but a warning sign of a totalitarian state is the control over public information and opinion.
I distrust anyone who is distrustful of the media and gladly admit my bias.
While Harper carefully filters information that makes its way out of his office, NDP and Liberal leaders Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, respectively, are trying to use it to their advantage.
Mulcair will continue to trumpet the flawed senate system, coming off like an angry grandfather, but this will not win him an election.
Justin Trudeau will continue finding younger people to pull onto his bandwagon, either by permanently smiling, or by blowing smoky, empty promises about legalizing marijuana.
I find the Canadian government to be endlessly fascinating, regardless of scandals or who the leaders are. Maybe my fascination with the government stems from proudly not aligning myself with any political party. I’m able to challenge myself to neutrally judge political leaders and parties on what they do and say.
I have values about social issues, and now that I have a little bit of money, I’m forming opinions on economical issues as well. I chose to get myself informed because I was tired of feeling scared by attack ads or ominous quotes.
Now that I pay attention to my government, I find it very entertaining. It’s often very funny if you can reflect on the absurdities. Nobody’s going to force you to pay attention, but you’ll be a better Canadian if you do.
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