vroom I’ve been thinking about a lot of different things lately, mainly while driving from place to place. One of the things is motorcycles. I really want one. I don’t know why. I guess it’s a combination of “I can save money on gas with this” and “motorcycles are fun.” I think the one in the picture (Honda VT600) is the one I would get. I kinda want to buy one of those supersport bikes that does 100km/h in first gear, but apparently insurance starts at around $3000/year for these things, so the Honda would be more realistic for me. Besides, knowing my love affair with things that are fast, I’d probably die within 3 days of getting a supersport bike. Currently, the only thing that keeps me from buying the motorcycle is figuring out where to park it where it won’t get stolen or vandalized.

The other thing I’m thinking about is politics. This federal election is making me queasy. All of the leaders seem so phony and dishonest. I know who I’ll vote for, but I won’t be happy about it. It’s like picking the lesser of several evils. I think Canada needs a new party. I would call it the New Canadian Party. See, the meaning of it would depend on where you put the emphasis. It could be the NEW CANADIAN Party, or the New CANADIAN Party. or the NEW Canadian Party.

The reason I thought of this is because I think immigrants are poorly represented in the government, yet make up a big portion of the population. Immigrants tend to have lower voter turnout because they don’t understand or identify with the issues chosen by the traditional parties, and no one has bothered to explain them. Some people might think that creating a party that represents people based on ethnicity is devisive, but I disagree. It wouldn’t be a Chinese party, or Russian party, or French party. The party would consist of candidates from all different backgrounds, including settled “naturalized” Canadians. It would be an accurate picture of the multicultural makeup of Canada. Together, these different candidates would form policies that reflect the opinions and needs of the whole group, and be able to communicate these policies to their individual communities. I like the idea a lot. Too bad I don’t like being a politician, otherwise I’d do something about it. 😛