A Great Country.


canada_flagAs we progress into the final days of this lengthy election period I have to wonder at the speeches from our hopeful candidates and the promises they are making. I wonder why the Prime Minister is campaigning with a host of new promises that he will do if elected. Well Mr Harper you are elected and are presently running this great country, so why do you need to make promises, we just want you to do your job openly and honestly. Growing up in the back streets of Belfast N.Ireland in the 1940’s and 50’s I recall my life.  Six people lived in a tiny two bedroom house, we had no bath and a toilet in the back yard. We had no hot water except what we heated on the gas range. We had no electricity just a gas mantle in the main kitchen for light. We had no heat except for a coal fire place in the kitchen . No laundry facilities but for a wash board and a tin tub. We had no health care no employment insurance and if we didn’t have work we didn’t have food or money for rent. The lack of a good education I left school as soon as I reach the age of 14, working was more important the family needed the money. We lived a very precarious hand to mouth life. When I landed in Canada in the 1960’s I was amazed at the high standard of living. It seemed everyone had a car, every apartment and home had a telephone a fridge a bath and shower, central heating. There was work to be found and the wages were so much better than back in Belfast. In my more than 50 years living in this great country I have come to the conclusion I made a great decision in choosing to make Canada my home. Today I still see this as a great country and I beleive we still have wonderful opportunities for ourselves and our children. What I don’t see is the continuing need to complain, the moaning about prices, belittling our youth,  taxes, politicians, suitable work, mortgage rates, high rents etc, hell we even complain about the weather. Canada is indeed a land of milk and honey, people just need to realize that and get on with life. We make the nation, we make it tick, we shape our futures we make the decisions. Once we realize that perhaps, we can get on with building on that firm foundation that is Canada. We do not need politicians promising more if we vote for them. We need politicians to do the job they have been elected to do, and to do it in an open and honest way.  If we can stop complaining for a moment we might just see how fortunate we are. If we stop complaining for a minute we might just elect a few decent people to our government. Anyway those are my views, you may not agree. I judge my life by the  warm and comfortable home I live in, by the food on the table, the peaceful village I live in. The assurance our police are keeping the peace in our cities and towns and our troops stand on guard for us. I’m not sure what more we could ask for???

God Bless and keep reading.

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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