...trying to keep my head down and get some real dissertation work done. I was trying not to get involved in all the latest political controversies, partially because I didn't have time to research them, and partially because I knew I'd just be mad and become useless.
And then today I woke up to discover that my federal government doesn't like me and doesn't think that my opinions represent those of "ordinary Canadians." I also learned that I, as an academic, am part of what the Industry Minister calls "the chattering classes," and he would like us all to know that "we're not here to govern on behalf of the chattering classes."
I didn't even care too much about the issue at hand (I just sort of rolled my eyes and said "Typical.") before this. This kind of divisive, identify-people-as-not-real-Canadians sort of politics is exactly the way you make me care about such issues. (And has me shouting "Really? Are you trying to be Sarah Palin?" at my computer screen on a Monday afternoon.)