CTV's Don Martin the other day finally used the "f-word" in describing the Harper government. Of the recent secret proposal to amend the Copyright Act to allow political parties (ie: the Conservatives) to use news footage in their (mostly negative) ads without permission, Don Martin said this is "flirting with fascism" - http://youtu.be/2PbZh8CUNk8
"Fascism" is an emotionally charged word, associated more with Naziism and antisemitism than Spanish or Italian fascism, or its many South American or modern variations, so many are hesitant to whisper it even when it starts becoming appropriate. That's why CTV's breaking the taboo is so significant. It is now out in the open for discussion, and it is a discussion we should be having before it goes further.
From First to Last
First they came for Parliament, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Parliamentarian.
Then they came for the Refugees and Immigrants, and I did not speak out—
Because I was born here.
Then they came for the Scientists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Scientist.
Then they came for Elections Canada, and I did not speak out—
Because I only vote once every four years.
Then they came for the Charter of Rights, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a criminal and they made me afraid for my safety.
Then they came for my data, emails and private conversations, and I did not speak out—
Because I thought I had nothing to hide.
Then they came for the Judges, and I did not speak out—
Because I trusted my government to obey the law.
Then they came for people's citizenship, and I did not speak out—
Because I already had my passport.
Then they came for my sons and daughters to fight overseas, and I did not speak out—
Because I‘m a patriot and don’t want to be called a terrorist sympathizer.
Then they came for me—and it was only then I realized there was nothing left of the Canada I loved.
A postscript - John Baglow (aka Dr. Dawg) wrote an article that discusses fascism and the use of the "f-word" as it applies to Harper's policies and actions. Read it.