You must be confused, or angry, or just plain tired of politics. I know I am. I am tired of mixed messaging, profit before people, the rich get richer, and especially those big corporations who do not pay their fair of taxes like you and I.

It is time we had a heart-to-heart about politics Pigeons?

We must be realistic in our discussions because no matter how you feel about politics, they do affect everyone one way or another. Lets look at some responses around COVID. We are not debating actual COVID. Right now you hear a lot of talk from far right groups while the rest seem to be quiet, or asleep maybe?

When I think about COVID-19, I am inspired to watch interviews with people in Australia and New Zealand.  Australia recently locked down again for three COVID-19 cases. Can you believe it, they locked down the whole country for three cases of COVID? Although they just had a summer with concerts and events. They had Christmas where they went and celebrated it with family. They opened each time, with no vaccine yet, they locked down again for three new COVID cases after months of living.

One interview the Pigeon read said, “We know lockdowns work. We just had a concert we came from a few days ago. We know in two weeks of a national lockdown it will be over. No need to wait on vaccines, just get back to life. It is a two-week inconvenience to have months of life.” That really says it all.

Why are our levels of government ignoring these facts? I would rather lockdown, than have any more infections or deaths. Then live again. But the country needs to fall in line for this to work. By the way Pigeons, the federal government has the power to lockdown the country, stop all rent and mortgage payments etc. All they need to do is write the order and it can happen.

The one thing I must point out, is that the government in Australia taxes the rich and supports the people. The rich are still rich and have all their toys, but people benefit from them paying their fair share of taxes. Small business get the same support big business do. and they all pay their fair share of taxes, which as you can see has a country thriving without vaccines. Companies have not left for paying their share of taxes either. Did I mention they also have pharmacare too?

In Canada, businesses like Amazon, Walmart and Loblaws have raked in billions over COVID-19, had their best year ever according to various financial reports. Small business etc., had to resort to curbside business, limits on people in their business, and the list goes on. Not only did these big businesses do well, but they also took away pandemic pay from all their employees, and do not pay their fair share of taxes that would help everyone in Canada. Even if they did pay their fair share of taxes they would  still be more profitable than any previous year. Even higher minimum wages does not chase away companies and cause prices to skyrocket. The proof is in front of you if you look.

Does this make you angry to know this? It sure has me annoyed Pigeons. And you know what is annoying me even more? Big media news does not ask anything about it. Which in turn deprived you of the information you should really know, because we need a big change in Canada as we have had enough of us losing our jobs, losing our homes, or being evicted while big business and governments like Premier Ford get rich. It is time for a revolution so that we all win, not just the few. Canada could end homelessness like they did in Medicine Hat without hurting the rich, but sadly the homeless do not seem to matter to many.

Aren’t you just tired Pigeons? Are you tired of figuring out how to pay your rent, or mortgage? Buy food? Pay for kids’ college? Are you tired of regional lockdowns that do not work? Are you tired of being told to do one thing, while politicians do something else?

Why do you keep accepting all this Pigeons? You have power to change things like the governments and make everyone equal.  You have power. Government does not have power, you do! The government answers to you Pigeons.

It is time to stand up and stop whining. Time to get ready to vote. Time to start speaking up. Time to rise up and be heard. It is time for people to be first not big corporations. Dignity is calling you Pigeons!

Call the Premier, call your MP, call you MPP, call the Prime Minister and tell them its time for change. Either get on board, or get out of the way are the words to use when addressing politicians. We can make them leave if we really want to. It just takes an election and for all Pigeons to vote for what is good for you instead of worrying about the fear mongering that is put out. Politics are about power and money. Its time to put power and money back into the Pigeon’s beak.

Change is good. Change is needed! A revolution has started. What are you going to do about it or just whine some more?

Stay Safe Pigeons.

Love Geri.

About the Author

Geri Atrick is co-host of Str8 Talk, a show that focuses on marginalized & 2SLGBTQ+. Geri also organizes national events around music and the arts, is deeply passionate and active in politics, and is an advocate on many social justice issues. Giver her a little wine and you will never know what she will say. Check out the show at www.str8talk.ca