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Hockey and Politics

Being a member of the Conservative party is similar to being the #1 fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

You always have so much potential, often come so close, but in the end, you always lose.

Thank god there isnt playoffs this spring, I don't think I could handle both defeats.
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5/19/2005 05:56:00 PM

Don't forget the Flames.    

5/19/2005 08:09:00 PM

As a loyal Canuck fan, I know exactly what you mean.

Only difference is that hockey's merely a diversion from things that matter.    

5/19/2005 08:25:00 PM

The Canuckle-heads have done a lot better than the Maple Laffs in the last twenty years.    

5/20/2005 04:00:00 PM

But the Canucks have never won the cup! And the Reform/CA/Conservatives have never been in power. (not including the PC's)    

5/21/2005 07:14:00 AM

The up side of the hockey strike is that it has forced a lot of couch spuds to tune in the Liberal scandalgate....I bet this is the first time a lot of them heve even had a glimpse of what their governemnt had been doing the past decade while they sat in the lazyboy shooting back cheap beer and nachos in front of Canada's public opiate....I wonder if they are in shock and awe to realize if Canada loses hockey, all we have left is a liberal mafioso to identify our nationality with.....appologies to Don Cherry on that"opiate of the masses" barb....you were never part of the problem.    

5/21/2005 07:15:00 AM

Oh ya....GO FLAMES!!    

5/23/2005 03:55:00 PM

RE: "As a loyal Canuck fan, I know exactly what you mean.

Only difference is that hockey's merely a diversion from things that matter."

I would argue that hockey is (was) one of the most uniting aspects of the mess that we call Canada. Surely we would all agree that our sense of 'national pride' is elevated when Canada unites for the common cause that is hockey. As depressing as it may be, hockey has become one of the few elements left in the Canadian culture that can be uniquely identified and shared by Canadians.

Thus, like it or not, hockey is one of the few things that we as Canadians can agree upon. I would argue that the key to solving our social-policy and political woe’s lies within our national identity, the premise of which is based on our unique commonalities.

If we can find something to agree upon, maybe, just maybe, we can use it as a catalyst to develop and enhance the notion of a truly Canadian society. Too often we focus on the opposing interests of 'sub-cultures' that only involve meaningful consideration by those affected directly. We have become so tuned into the 'idiot-box' that our society views public policy as if it were a reality show. The viewers (i.e., the Canadian population), believe that someone else, someone more qualified, is looking out for their best interests, when in 'reality' this lack of motivation to construct and vocalize meaningful opinions is ensuring that our 'best interests' will become secondary. Being the savvy diplomats that we are, Canadians are increasingly choosing to avoid conflict at whatever cost if it means the 'feelings' of someone else will be spared. This ideology has become so pervasive that we no longer have the ability, nor motivation to actively and meaningfully participate in democracy.

If hockey is something that a large group of us can relate to, understand, and render opinions upon, then we should embrace its spirit as it may be one of the few remaining Canadian 'entities' that actually represents a unified effort on behalf of the ADD plagued masses. If only we could incorporate body checking and power plays into the parliament… Maybe then Canadians would demand referees to ensure ‘fair play’.


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