Did you ever have the temerity to say or do something totally outrageous? I don’t mean something merely vulgar or stupid but something in defiance of traditional protocols or expectations. I just found a hand-written note as I was “debooking” some shelves of tomes I shall never read again. The books will be recycled appropriately to second hand sellers or suitable fund raising events. Now the paper I found was simply entitled “The Constitution for Canada” and was written at least 15 years ago when I still had ambitions of changing the world. If I remember correctly, this country was going through yet another period of angst about our neighbour to the south and couldn’t seem to get a handle on a distinctive personality of its own.
So, in my mind, I decided we needed a specific constitution that we could use to define ourselves instead of being successfully indistinct and therefore undefinable. Here’s what I wrote then:
“Canada is a sovereign country composed of free people who have chosen to live joyfully together in tranquility, mutual respect and responsibility for their individual actions.
“National decisions shall be decided by majority consensus allowing for regional ethno-cultural variation. No group or individual shall suppress the rights of another.
“Governing bodies shall evolve as required. The federal parliament shall provide for representation by population. The senate shall be the forum for regional or provincial deliberations such as First Ministers’ Conferences”.
Well, I can dream can’t I? What do you think?