By Kim Hutchison
If you have an open mind and some free time, “Times Up! Fix Canada or Lose It” by Jeff Willerton is a book definitely worth taking a look at.
Willerton has published work he produced as a weekly columnist – work he says was “largely a critique of the liberal politics imposed on us by various levels of government.” The columns were written as issues arose so to simplify things, the book is divided into two chapters – one being provincial issues and the other federal and international issues.
In the first chapter, Willerton gives interesting opinions on choosing to be vs. being born gay, why he doesn’t believe in gay marriages, why VLT’s should not be permitted in the province, abortions, Ralph Klein, Ken Kowalski, past vs. present government, and major cover-ups, to name a few of the many topics he tackles. In the second chapter, he speaks about child care, Joe Clark, why he believes people vote Liberal, gun control legislation, the lack of logic behind certain organizations, the War in Iraq, taxation and global warming to name a few more.
While I don’t agree with everything he pitches (nor was I meant to) reading his prospective on the issues he addresses is thought provoking to say the least.
As evident throughout the book, especially in the conclusion, he doesn’t hold anything back which ultimately adds to its charm and readability.
In the conclusion Willerton states, “One of my priorities in writing this book was of course to ‘out’ the Alberta Tories’ brazen liberalism and debunk the myth they’ve ever been remotely conservative. In bed with big business, certainly, but not genuinely conservative in any sense…Liberal governments, very much including the now defunct federal P.C’s can take responsibility for our debt, the tax levels we bear, the unfunded liability in the Canadian Pension Plan, our under funded military, low productivity…the list is probably endless.” He also states, “The Tories aren’t the only game in town obviously, but let’s be real. The Grits are corrupt, the NDP is where communists go to get elected and the Green Party has as its base a variety of tree-hugging, man-hating, anti-American zealots.
With the recent buzz of coalition threats plaguing Canadian politics, it’s nice to engage in a book that reminds us that we shouldn’t be shocked by recent absurdity because history repeats itself – especially when it come to problematic, unstable government.
So how do we “fix Canada”? Willerton believes this can be done by changing the way people think, a.k.a. by changing the voting tendencies of Central and Eastern Canada, one person at a time.
To view a considerable excerpt from this book and additional comments and information visit www.fixcanada.ca
To view Willerton’s impressive biography revealing his political past among many other interesting facts, visit www.one-man-at-a-time.com.