For most of my life I have bristled at the notion that Canadians are a timid, staid bunch, however, of late I've come to see that as true.
What is commonly seen as apathy is actually fear, fear of change, of upsetting the status quo. No matter how much we detest it.
Name an issue and that timidity shows itself in our reaction. There is not an issue too pressing to force us into action.
Abolish or even reform the senate, too damn hard so why even try
Electoral reform, too damn complicated
Remove a mile of underused freeway, too change-y
Climate change, yeah it's killing our planet but fixing that is too scary
Et cetera Et cetera Et cetera
We are stuck in a world that we detest but are too timid and fearful of change so we mutter on in our comfort zones desperately clinging to what we know, even in the knowledge that doing so is not in our best interests.
The worst part though is that politicians like Harper recognise this and use it to their advantage.
Ironically our need for the status quo, the known, is used against us to bring about what we fear the most, radical change.