Little People, Security and Envelopes with White Powder

Envelopes containing white powder were sent to four Quebec cabinet ministers. They are all conservatives and a note in one envelope hadConservateurs, vous serez anéantis orConservatives, you will be annihilated written on it. This is the latest terrorist act directed at the government. For now, the origin of the envelopes is unknown.

I can’t pinpoint the exact person (or group) responsible for these missives, but I can hazard a guess at why they were sent. We are living in a privileged country, but our government officials, particularly those holding some of the highest offices, reflect our apathetic citizenry: these public servants are slow to respond, if they respond at all, and there is little suppleness in their responses to individual Canadians in need.

Many hold Prime Minister Harper responsible for this, but in fact it’s a problem that’s developed over decades. Most of us have everything we need in this country and so as sated constituents we may grumble, but we rarely raise a fuss over lesser deficiencies of government. It’s created a system with the momentum of molasses.