You might as well think of it as the return of the losers. Parliament returns and no party has gained anything from the election—other than greater disillusionment. We do not seem to be winning against global warming, the pandemic, inadequate politicians or failed leadership.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau has returned from his wasted trip south to Washington. The three leaders of North America all spoke to their home audiences from the city of monuments and nobody listened.
Erin O’Toole’s wife, like Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, has warned him not to go to the Senate today. The sharpest knives of disrespect await him there. And he is not all that sure of those in the Commons who pay him lip service. His efforts to quiet dissent in the ranks seem to fall on deaf ears.
But when he comes to Canada’s forum, he is absorbed in the attack anyway. He sees no good across the House. He will let loose the hounds to vilify and bey against the efforts of the liberals—for they are the enemy. The liberals keep him from the levers of power. They keep him from the perks of privilege, the appointment possibilities that would make his caucus bow to him.
And how few care for the other parties across the House? The new democrat’s warrior leader stands alone before the stragglers from the party’s socialist past. Without direction or purpose, the NDP toils on.
And then there is the murder of crows from the Bloc Québécois. They stand to dismiss their country. They challenge Canada’s existence without cause.
But is Parliament ready for its first speech from the throne—from a governor general who does not speak French?
(And they complain about a unilingual head of Air Canada?)
Yes, Canada’s parliament is back, with all its faults and archaic rules to confound, confuse and co-opt the needs of our country. The question is though: how long will they continue to reign over us?
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