The government is supposed to serve the people. Political parties advocate policies and can have temporary influence over the state.
But, they must never become the same thing. The state and party must never merge. Democracy only survives if there is clear separation between them.
Unfortunately, the temptation to merge the two has overcome many different political parties. The understanding of the temporary nature of political power becomes lost, and people seem to think they will be in power for ever.
It’s happened to governments of all political stripes, and despite the hope and change rhetoric, it’s happening to those in power now.
The revelation that the government is using the data on those who attend Trudeau’s “non-partisan” town halls is not surprising, since they long-ago stopped trying to be different or live up to any sense of ethics.
As reported in the news, those attending Trudeau’s town halls have to “submit their names, phone numbers and email addresses through Liberal MPs’ pages on the party website.”
That is wrong. This is part of the ongoing and disturbing merger of party interests with national interests, ignoring the fact that they are very different things.
Canadians should be able to trust those in power. But that trust is not possible when public service is distorted and replaced with narrow political motives.
Those who show up to a town hall in good faith are not going to be part of a partisan political event.
They are going to share their thoughts and concerns with the PM. Using their data for partisan purposes is deeply dishonest and disrespectful.
It’s another sign that “Real Change” has become “Same-old same-old.”