Chris Lloyd's thumbs-up shot with Stephen Harper has been making rounds on the Internet, ever since the Conservative party asked him to resign when they found out his candidacy for MP in the Papineau riding was part of an art project.
His bid for office was short-lived -- his Conservative candidacy ended before the 2015 federal election was even called -- but his art project has something to say about the strata that separate politicians and people in Canada.
He has been working on his project, Dear PM, since 1998 when he was a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Every generation claims to live through a unique epoch, viewing their contemporary period as one fundamentally different and finally ripe for revolutionary change.
A generation ago, we began to see a rise in incarceration, unemployment and poverty rates while living and education standards, particularly in urban centres steadily declined.
However, even the most pessimistic among us expected time to mitigate many of the social ills afflicting the nation as it had in the past. But things are not getting better and it is looking more like a permanent bust in the perpetual cycle of capitalism.
Since claiming a majority victory in 2011, the Harper government, with its Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney, and later Chris Alexander, has succeeded in quickly transforming Canada from a country known for its humanitarian tradition of welcoming outsiders and providing sanctuary to the oppressed into one that fears and distrusts refugees.
The federal government has warned the thousands of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) whose work permits are expired yesterday, April 1, to comply with the new law by leaving the country or be dealt with accordingly.
"Let there be no mistake: We will not tolerate people going 'underground.' Flouting our immigration laws is not an option, and we will deal with offenders swiftly and fairly," said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre in a statement.
Four years ago, April 1, 2015 was set as the deadline for TFWs in low-skilled occupations to either become permanent residents or return to their home countries as a means to encourage employers to hire Canadians.