Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

WHERE THE HELL DID HARPER COME FROM?

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We all know the source of the directives. This is a one man federal government, Dr.Strangeways.

I have been beyond irritated by changes in our internal and external policies. We USED to be a pragmatic voice of reason in the world. No longer. We are riding the septic wake of Bush and company, beliefs that have already been deep-sixed south of the border.

Culture and compassion have been taken out of the Canadian medicine bag. Who needs them?

I think we do.

Take the C out of Canadian and you've got an alien species.

Mihail Lennikov is a linguist. Long ago and far away, he worked for the KGB. For personal reasons, he left that life behind, just as our ancestors left their motherlands. Now Lennikov studies Japanese in Vancouver. Like Harpers ancestors, he is not from our First Nations and thus technically, an alien.

That would make him typically Canadian, wouldn't it.

Lennikov has lived in peace and raised his child here. Now he has sought sanctuary in the Lutheran church he attends, because our government wants to make a big show of deporting commies. This would make a fabulous episode of Terry and The Pirates. Commies, gooks, kikes, wogs, victims of rendition etc. Who needs them in our native land?

If you think it is uncandadian to shatter a family that has put down roots here, please let the government know. Write a poem, a broadside. Whatever. Let's show the world that we are a civilised nation, one with a heart.

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

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