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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yoo-hoo, Mister Prime Minister! Anyone Home?

Calgary. The great West and new power base for things governmental in Canadian politics.

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The province that is home to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and which voted in the last election to elect MPs from the Conservative Party of Canada in every riding save one. The Mace decided it should proceed directly to the city's power hub:

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What? It's the Flames' home turf!

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Taking a stroll from there, the Mace and its guide came across a mall complex that had a familiar name on the sign out front. Given the fact that the Mace was in town anyway, it figured it would only be proper form to pop up and give the PM a visit.

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The Mace's excitement grew as it walked the stairs up to the constituency office. "Maybe this is where Prime Minister Harper keeps the country's democracy when he's not using it!" it mused. "I can't wait to knock on the door and see Mister Harper. Won't he be surprised to see me!" It turned out he wasn't there. "That's odd," said the Mace, "you'd think if he wasn't hard at work in the Commons, he'd be hard at work here for his constituents."

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With that out of the way, it was time for a little sightseeing. "Behold!" said the guide, "The Calgary Tower! It looks like your big brother." "It's got a few tonnes on me" said the Mace. "How about these gates in front of us here. What does 'Citius, Altuis, Fortius' mean?" Its guide answered, "Aha, that's the Olympic motto - Swifter, Higher, Stronger. This is Olympic Plaza, built for the 1988 Winter Games." "Winter Olympics," mused the Mace "well, at least you've got snow."

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Next, it was on to the steps of City Hall to check out the democratic action in this fair municipality. "They must have some democracy kicking around here" said the Mace, "I mean, just look at the size of this clock tower. Places with democracy always have clock towers, right? And it's made of stone!"

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Speaking of which, time was a-ticking for the Mace. It needed to hurry up in order to arrive in Ottawa for back-to-work day. So, back in the box and off to Regina, Saskatchewan it went!

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I'm quite passionately interested in what makes a true democratic system work, and why ours here in Canada doesn't seem to be working so well these days. Where's Democracy is a commentary on some aspects of that, and will hopefully serve to at least pose some questions about how it might be better. Oh, and it's also supposed to be fun!