Trading barbs and cheap shots, Canada’s 43rd parliament rose for the summer recess this past week and will likely not return in the fall. The mood of the house and its far-flung, pandemic-separated membership was that this last sitting was the precursor to a general election.
The silliest part of all the partisan exchanges was conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s claim that he was up against a left-wing coalition that wants to cancel Canada Day. Maybe he thought this claim would endear him to Canadians who honour our country. It is more likely, it made him look silly. The only Canada Day that has been cancelled is the one normally scheduled for the front lawn of the parliament buildings in Ottawa. Nobody wants to celebrate in a huge hole in the grounds during the major rebuilding of parliament.
Some cities have also cancelled Canada Day celebrations due to the remaining danger of large crowds spreading new variants of covid-19. That is also regrettable but the fact remains that nobody has cancelled Canada Day. It happens on July one every year.
Probably the funniest partisan claim was from new democrat leader Jagmeet Singh. Singh is convinced that anything the liberals did that is helping Canadians through the coronavirus scourge was inspired by the new democrats. He complained that the liberals did not do enough.
All these complaints did not leave much for the Bloc Québécois to complain about, so they retrieved an oldy and goldy. They complained bitterly that the liberals are not doing enough to support the provinces on health care.
In answer to all of this criticism, prime minister Trudeau bitched about the toxic atmosphere of the current parliament. He thought the other party leaders were just crabbing about him because they had no contribution to add to helping Canadians.
I don’t know about you but I intend to celebrate Canada Day this year. Our country is still a work in process and I think it has great potential. I just wish that we did not have such crappy leadership for our political parties.
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