OTTAWA—The many brilliant journalists, columnists, academics, comics and ordinary Canadians who have been expressing their concerns about the state of our democracy during the past nine years inspired my lyrical editorial below. Their arguments have been intelligent, rational, logical, and eloquent. The blunt instrument I’ve crafted has been forged in the fires of my frustration that the Canadian public and especially young people appear generally disinterested in voting and disengaged over the erosion of our institutions. During this election campaign, much has been made of protecting our economy. I humbly ask we seriously start protecting our democracy, because it’s getting a bad rap. This is an adaptation of Run This Town, by Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna. Feel it coming in the air, Hear the election polls every where, Addicted to the power, It’s a dangerous love affair, Only thing on my mind Is who’s gonna run Bytown tonight. We are, This is our new nation, Pledge your allegiance, Check out the last opinion poll, Within the margin of error, Keep up the war on terror Relentless economic propaganda, Ads are costing five stacks Yeah I’m talking five commas, six zeros. You can call me Stephen I promise I’ll get even, Please follow the leader So Tim crowd, we are Photo-op fiend Image, message, ideology No apology. Politics a game, it’s not fair, Diss the rules, we don’t care, No robocalls to turn the tide, Voter apathy is on our side Only thing on my mind Is who’s gonna run Bytown tonight. Ain’t nobody more partisan Of which I’m an artisan On TV we talk democracy A whole buffet of omnibus Fo’get the other side, they commies, Orange, red, and green jealous Cause we spent away the surplus My whole team spent the dough Income splitting, tax cuts. Wait! Oil prices sinking low But you know that I’m not perfect, Not a 10. But your savior from economic Armageddon. Politics a game, but it’s not fair Diss the rules, we don’t care This is our true north strong and free, From coast to coast to the TPP, Only thing that’s on my mind Is who’s gonna run Bytown tonight. Crazy, we appoint the judges They strike down our legislation, no joke, Proud of our narrow prism, no toke, F’ing judicial activism, no good folk Heavy security, No media scrutiny, This is the modus operandi This is no lie Scientific, bureaucratic strangulation. Research, data, census evisceration. And if we stay long enough Canadians will all just roll over Accept slamming court rul ings, no fooling. Politics a game, but its not fair Diss the rules we don’t care This is our true blue democracy Kneecap scientists and the CBC Only thing that’s on my mind Is who’s gonna run Bytown tonight. Ill-conceived, error prone legislation diet, Ignore human rights, rule of law let’s try it And on top, eh, More contempt We climate change deniers, promise cheap deep fryers, TV channels, cellular prices, and our vets. Smoke and mirrors, We play the tune, we like shiny things, You believe Duffy had no strings What’s that C-23 Baby, these rules Voter suppression Baby, what fools? Continue, stripping democratic sinew, Have a re-fill You feeling like you winning yet? More prose of cons you will get. Politics a game, but it’s not fair Diss the rules we don’t care No one sees the hypocrisies On religious freedoms and minorities Only thing that’s on my mind Is who’s gonna run Bytown tonight. David Battistelli has had a 33-year career in broadcast journalism. He is a freelance writer in Ottawa.