Imagine if you watched neighbourhood kids walking by your house everyday, on the way to school or the mall. Imagine if, like most teenagers these days, they went by in baggy jeans and hoodies. Now imagine you got a piece of information in your mailbox from the government, saying you should be afraid of kids exactly like that.
Welcome to the Harper Years. Fear of others. Fear of young people. Fear of crime.
In their unseemly desire to raise public support by scaring the crap out of people, the federal Conservatives are flooding middle-class ridings like Halton and Peterborough with mailers saying we need to get tough on young thugs.
You know the kind. In the streets. With hoodies. In Canada. Weâ€™re not making this up.
Fortunately, there are citizens left in this country who abhor the politics of fear. Some of them have spoken out here. And I add my voice. Conservatives are largely manufacturing a threat, so they can pose a solution. Despite the fact recent stats show a big drop in crime, weâ€™re supposed to be hiding indoors for fear the hoodie people show up.
Shame on my MP colleagues for doing this. It diminishes us all.
BTW. You should have seen me as a young adult. That was scary.