The first Tuesday of every month, I have arranged for a current events group to meet at the library from 7-8 p.m.
I did this for 15 years at a library in Montreal where the average turnout was 200 to 300. But it's tough sledding in Moncton.
The Moncton Times and Transcript normally will not publicize it. As well, there seems to be no tradition in Moncton of serious, public discussion of public issues. With the biggest scandal I have heard of in Canadian political history now battering Ottawa, one that strikes at the roots of freedom and democracy, The Moncton Times and Transcript currently is not even carrying the story. Why is itthat Monctonians don't seem to care about these things? How could they have voted either Liberal or Conservative in the last provincial election when neither party had anything that could be called a platform? And how could a provincial and a federal election be held with almost no public meetings? How can one person exercise so much control over the daily lives of all of us? How can it be called a democracy when so few people get honest and adequate news, when no discussion occurs, when corporations can simply ignore our laws, and when a political party can directly interfere with out right to vote?
If I have misunderstood the passivity and indifference that seems to permeate this province, please enlighten as to me error.
It's discouraging. But I'm going to keep trying. The current events group meets at the library at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 6.
It would be nice not to be lonely at it.