Remember that delicious movie, The Devil Wears Prada? My favourite scene was the one where Miranda scorningly points out that while it may be politically correct amongst intelligentsia to dismiss fashion, at the end of the day, the colours we all select from our re-used, recycled clothing were determined months and months before by the fashionistas. We think they don’t impact us. But they do. Except we end up wearing just the yucky shades of the colours they’d promoted. I’ve had a lot more respect for the fashion industry since watching that scene!
Now that I work for government, I’m increasingly aware that government has a similar effect. Behind the scenes (or sometimes not!) it sets policies that ultimately determine things that matter in our every day life. Things like if tuition is affordable, if we have generous access to the internet, if more green energy options will be available, if we can book an appointment with a physician: Or Not.
Who is in power affects us more than is readily apparent. But it matters. Most people will know by now about the prorogation issue. Those of us who are part of the facebook group have been challenged: Are you just willing to click a group link? Or will you do more? I’ve done, and will do, more, and today, I challenge you to do the same. Join me in putting your money where your political mouth is.
Believe minimal government is the best? And that the government should primarily concern itself with ensuring Canada has a free market? Give some money to the Conservatives to help them stay in power.
Believe, like me, that business is awesome, but the only good business is one that benefits people and the planet as well as makes profit? (or at bare minimum, genuinely and completely mitigates any negative impact it has on people and the planet)? Support the Green Party.
Believe that gov’t should be more than bare bones, but rather, a coming together of middle-of-the-road Canadians, to help shape how we want to Be, as a society? Donate to the Liberals.
Believe that the people who truly make this country work are those who day in, day out, perform the sometimes mundane tasks that create the economy in the first place? And that we all benefit by helping people who can’t/don’t help themselves? Donate to the NDP.
I just did. It wasn’t anything my bank account can’t handle. But I did. I put my money where my political mouth is.
And when you’ve done that, come back for a revisit of the fabulous Meryl Streep: