She may be an environmental activist, former political prisoner, and great-grandmother rolled into one, but octogenarian Betty Krawczyk has gone back to children’s storytelling to make her case for a women’s political party.
“We need a women’s party that will shame the governments of Canada mercilessly over the cost of college education, child poverty, and deforestation, subsides to oil companies, the privatization of health care, prison systems, and transportation systems,” Krawczyk wrote in a message sent to her email list today (May 16). “Yes, the time has come.”
Drawing on Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter, Krawczyk refers first to the fiction. The symbolism is pretty clear when Krawczyk cites how governments in B.C. and across Canada have treated the fictional oysters, in this case the human electorates.
“Alright, already, we know what happened to all the little Oysters,” Krawczyk wrote. “They got eaten by the Walrus and the Carpenter. The Walrus and Carpenter were bigger; too big to fail. And too fast talking for all the little Oysters to actually divine the intentions of the Walrus and the Carpenter, until it was too late (notice how fast Kevin Falcon and Christy Clark both speak). I think we Canadians may be somewhat akin to the poor little Oysters in Carroll’s poem who ”˜hurried up, all eager for the treat; their coats were brushed, their faces washed, their shoes were clean and neat...And this was odd, because you know, they hadn’t any feet.’”
According to Krawczyk, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the one who now “speaks in deadened, measured tones to all us little Oysters standing up in a row waiting to be eaten”.
Krawczyk, daughter of a southern Christian preacher, then waxes prophetic about Harper’s own Christian beliefs and how this is driving his treatment of the electorate and his stance on many issues.
“Harper knows his religious beliefs are not shared by most Canadians, which is why he never talks about his religious beliefs,” Krawczyk added.
Now she is encouraging anyone who wants to help her start a group to email email@example.com.