It seems fairly clear to Canadians that our battles with the Coronavirus are not over. As alarms spread over Covid-19 variants and the arguments with those who do not trust the vaccines become more vehement, political questions still have to be taken into account. Many questions need be answered about the kind of nation we want to be.
The first obvious observation has to be that Canada is a caring nation. While our American neighbours still argue about universal medicare, it is a done deal in Canada. Despite the efforts of some provinces to extort additional funds from the feds, there is no question but medicare is a fixture in our society.
That creates the logic and forethought that is now going into our other care concerns. Pharmacare is something on the horizon. Dentacare will be a logical follow-through. Long-term care has become a red flag. Child care is becoming a process and not a barrier to parents being able to work.
And, in our northern climate, we cannot ignore the plight of the homeless. We are not that cruel. Governments, at all levels, have a role to play in ensuring adequate, safe, non-polluting and reasonably priced accommodation for all.
And the most important caring of all is the care to make sure climate change is not the earth’s farewell to humankind.
But we have to recognize that there are those who will deny our care concerns.
They start out concerned about costs. They say they are concerned about our country’s debts. They rebel against taxation. They object to being taxed to support the less fortunate in our society. They confuse their rights with the need for mandated vaccine usage. Nobody has the right to infect others with their diseases.
It is a basically selfish attitude. It is a ‘me first’ view of the world we live in. It is on the right of conservatism. Conservative politicians will tell you how caring they are before an election but afterwards they seem to forget.
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