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Oliver Sachau

The politics of separation

In recent years, the Canadian political spectrum has shifted away from the middle. It seems brokerage politics are a thing of the past. Unless people and politicians change the way they look at politics, it will shift further away until all we are left with is partisan politics.The United States already has the same problem. When it comes to American politics, there is no middle ground. You’re either Republican or Democrat. You either love or hate Obama, and according to the other side you’re always stupid, ignorant, and in extreme case, a terrorist. If you refuse to take a side, you’re automatically grouped with “the other side”, à la “if you’re not with us you’re against us.”Now, I will not pretend to be absolutely center in terms of my political affiliation. I, like everybody else, have my bias and opinion on certain issues. That is not wrong. On the contrary, opposing opinions open up opportunities for discussion and debate.However, in order for a debate to work both sides have to be open to the ideas of the other. Sometimes one side will have to accept a point that the other side makes, and vice versa; it is the only way to grow and become better. No one opinion or idea is perfect, and only through constant challenge can it become strongerOn March 25th, the Conservative Government fell in a non-confidence vote put forward by Liberals, NDP, and Bloc Québécois, who believed that the government was in contempt.Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was quoted on the day before as saying: “There is a Blue Door. There is a Red Door. We’re gonna elect a Liberal Government.” Such phrases tell Canadian voters that they have to choose between one or the other: Liberal or Conservative. You cannot walk through both doors. Once you… Read More