Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader of Canada

 Today, I was reading a remark that Ms.May made before the introduction of new private members Bill into the House of Commons. Bill C-436 - An Act to develop and provide for the publication of indicators to inform Canadians about the health and well-being of people, communities and ecosystems in Canada.

This woman so 'gets it' vis a vis the current political climate in Canada.
She quoted United States Senator Robert Kennedy: 
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product...counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts [the] rifle and [the] knife, and television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry...the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning...."
In fact, Senator Kennedy concluded:
"--it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."
Right on sista.   I vote GREEN

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