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In Tom Oleson's June 25 Tombit Political forecast: More grey skies, he refers to the scene in Doctor Zhivago where the aristocratic Zhivago family lose their freedom and are forced to live in a single room by the socialist authorities.
By coincidence, I had just viewed the Tom Cruise Second World War movie Valkyrie, which portrays the German officer corps making its final unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Hitler. While Oleson is comparing our province's living conditions under the NDP to those in Doctor Zhivago's socialist Soviet Union, it occurred to me that someone else might compare living in Canada under a Conservative government to Germany's living conditions under the National Socialist Party.
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Each example is at the extreme end of the political spectrum, with Valkyrie portraying extreme right-wing conservatism -- Nazism -- and Doctor Zhivago portraying extreme left-wing liberalism -- Communism.
But is that really the way we live in our province and country? A little later the same day, my wife and I went for a walk in our beautiful small town, walking past peaceful, comfortable homes and chatting with friends, never feeling the need to complain about our living conditions.
Were we somehow miraculously immune to the "grey" living conditions referred to in Oleson's article? I think not. Rather, contrary to Oleson's idea, I think we live in a province and a country where we have freedom of choice, and are free to live as well as we choose to.
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