When things get complicated for a new government that has -- as usually happens -- promised too much too fast, when hope bogs down in the usual politics, here's how to understand what's happening.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
It's election day and, at last, hope that what has to happen if this country is to recapture its integrity is actually about to happen.
We are becoming a ship of fools adrift on international waters, and not only is that obscured by Harper's doubletalk, but the opposition parties have failed to bring any of this to light.
Are you sure you can vote this election? The centrepiece of the Harper government's assault on democratic process, the Fair Elections Act, may stand in your way.
The federal approval of a problematic drilling project in Nova Scotia points to a bigger issue: the need to work out a strategy to deal with Ottawa as the Harper shipwreck is hauled out.
A sinister culture of fear and control has been created that runs through the vital organs of Canadian public life. To overcome it, we need a cleansing of the scourge of a corrosive ideology.
This is not an election like any other. What's at stake is nothing less than the integrity of Canada's most fundamental features.
It's that peculiar time again -- roughly midway (already!) in a government's life -- when the exhilaration of a new voyage hits the potholes.
With the federal election drawing closer and closer, it seems some civil servants have finally had enough with the Harper government's muzzles.
Monuments are only a small part of the whole that, perhaps, will at last get fully exposed to a distracted public before the upcoming election.