The day Justin Trudeau won the 2015 election was the day I first began to believe in the possibility of real change.
It was like coming out of the darkness into the light, after the horror of the Harper years.
And although I was not disappointed, I'm now hoping that the horror of the pandemic may give Trudeau a chance to take that real change even further.
For this couldn't be more encouraging.
Inside Trudeau’s Liberal government an age-old debate is alive: how not to waste the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic — and there is a growing sense that key players believe now is the time to take a more aggressive approach to being progressive.
The thinking goes like this: the pandemic exposed major social and economic inequities when it comes to child care, long-term care for seniors, women’s ability to remain in the workforce when schools are shut, the lack of social safety net backstops for precarious workers, and the disproportionate economic and health impacts of the virus on Black people and other minority communities. And so now is the time, with the cost of long-term borrowing so cheap due to historically low interest rates, to address those inequities for the longer term, sources said.
And this would be amazing.
One said there is an “opportunity for us to think big to think about child care, to think about how we can accelerate the transition to clean energy and how we can fight climate change, how we can help vulnerable people, how we can root out discrimination and level the playing field for working people and on all the progressive ideas that we’ve talked about and made progress on but in a different context. So can we actually present a big vision? I think we can.”
Of course, Cons like Pierre Poilievre are against any bold plans to remake Canada.
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre doesn’t buy it. He says the government, spooked by the fallout of WE, aims to run a campaign on “this fairy tale that you can just continue to pour free money out of airplanes.”
He just wants more money for the tar sands, and no doubt our scummy mariachi media will be on his side..,
But Trudeau has shown he can stand up to the Cons, and their stooge media.
He's getting some powerful reinforcements.
Unlike other leaders he has the ability to think outside the box.
He must surely know that the time is now.
And that now is his chance to be the greatest prime minister this country has ever known...