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canadianwild.ca is Where The World Hears the Top of North America Roar. This website is unapologetically Canadian. This website has many articles, top 10 lists, and bio’s delivered from a pro-Canadian bias from Edmonton, Alberta. It also includes photo gallery from trips Dave has taken around the world and also check out his twitter feed for real-time updates.

Dave has a profound interest in Canadian politics and global affairs. That’s why I decided to acquire a political science degree. I have also backpacked throughout Australia and New Zealand where I developed a greater appreciation of Canada and became more aware of new ideas. Since then, I also have traveled to the US, the Netherlands, India, and Nepal. The three biggest political events that reinforced how I look at the world were the Rwanda Genocide, 9/11, and the invasion of Iraq. Dave likes to think himself as politically centre-left, and believes strongly in personality and that the leader is the most crucial element in politics.

“Are all humans human, or are some more human than others” Romeo Dallaire

Political values that I value are multilateralism, human rights, social justice, and environmental issues. Canada is a middle power and we must continue to push for global diplomatic solutions and protect our reputation as an honest broker.  Political leaders that I admire are people that can inspire us and provide practical solutions. Our greatest political leaders inspired us with great oratory, humour, and recognizing the mood of their country. These are the type of leaders that we need to move forward.

There are three things I would change in Canadian politics. The first change in Canada’s democracy I would like to see would be an elected and more equal senate. Second, I support the nationalization of all insurance companies. The government should take over all insurance companies; because whenever a disaster occurs the government ends up paying for everything anyways. If there was one centralized insurance company red tape would be slashed, and one of the sleaziest businesses would in its proper place- the governments. Thirdly, Canada should cut ties with the monarchy and maintain the Governor-General as unelected and jointly chosen by parliament and the provinces.

 “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke

There is evil in the world but when really bad things happen they usually occur because there are too many good people afraid to speak up or intervene. The Second World War started in the 1930’s but still we have had catastrophic events to humanity. The Rwanda Genocide ignited because countries didn’t want to intervene to risk their own nationalities lives because some countries believed their lives were worth more. On the flip side, Iraq was attacked because too many people were scared to question it after the government used “your either with us or against us” rational to silence dissent.

Sports and politics share similarities. Both are competitive and have rules and limitations to ensure fairness. Dave is a hockey fanatic like any good Canadian. Dave’s favourite sports to participate in are swimming and kayaking. I like sports for it competitiveness, and seeing how far athletes can push boundaries. A major problem with politics is some solutions involve scrapping rules and principles for convenience. When we talk about eliminating human rights for some, how are we better than what we are fighting against? Taxes are necessary to maintain the state and progressive income tax should be maintained. The wealthy in our society benefited the most from our nation that enabled them to accumulate wealth and should not use the argument that they should pay less because they don’t utilize social services.

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature” Tom Robbins

This is one of my favourite quotes of all-time. Civilization progressed because of idealists not realists. Creativity and “thinking outside of the box” must be encouraged. The arts are the most visible area for this but it applies to all areas of life. Too many times, by maintaining the status quo we waste too much time being inflexible and when our eyes are closed we can’t see more efficient ways to resolve problems.

One day Dave will be your dictator, so cherish every day till that glorious day arrives. Chew on your peanuts slowly.

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