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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Are Charter Changes Forbidden?

Are Charter Changes Forbidden?

by

James Bredin


Canadians cannot vote to elect their prime minister,
Though he selects judges and senators to administer,
And questions to his appointees can never be asked,
Answers about their vested interest remain hidden and masked.

And without set election dates, he gets to decide,
If or when weíll have one and his party will provide,
And no one can run unless he signs their party paper,
And without term limits itís often a life-time caper.

And of course less than half the people bother to vote,
For politicians locked into the party-policy remote,
And this party policy trumps what the people really need,
Plus in parliament they vote strictly as the party agreed.

No referendums, recall or Charter property rights,
Bilingualism and equalization from the heights,
Pluralism and tolerance they say is the way to go,
It will keep us united, over taxed and kept down below.

While the Quebecois have Referendum Three in their sights,
The reverse of what the adscam guy thought was his right,
But still they canít see anything wrong with the status quo,
And constitutional changes they refuse to bestow.


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