Santa might scratch his head if I ask him for this: I want to hear the sounds of leadership throughout our land. And those sounds have to be about the future for Canadians and their beautiful, bountiful country. It is unlikely that anyone will object if elected or unelected liberals, conservatives, NDPers or greens sought out opportunities to speak out about the future our country offers its citizens. It is a big country and a critically important subject.
We desperately need thinkers in politics who can imagine a better future. For example, why does this country not think about small nuclear reactors to help open our near arctic lands to livability and productivity and the development of resources? Why are we not replacing some of those highly polluting jet airliners with high-speed electric trains across the country? Why are we talking of restoring what is past, when we could have an enriched future?
No doubt, even Santa would remind us that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. We all know that. It is just that we have to see beyond. Who, but only an idiot, would suggest that Canada should go back to things as they were before?
It is obvious to Canadians that their future is in the East and the West and the North. The Biden administration in the United States is proving to be another downhill ride for our relationship to the South. That country has its own problems. It is time our politicians stopped whining about the U.S. ignoring us. With some leadership, we can solve our own problems.
Canadians have no wish to be looked down on in the same way as Americans treat Mexicans. We hardly want to be sycophants, singing from the same shallow foreign affairs song book as the Americans. We made a deal years ago that made us partners. If the Americans no longer want that partnership, we have other fish to fry.
I know there are a few men and women in the liberal caucus in Ottawa who are capable of speaking out about Canada’s future. It is hardly their nature to be sheep. There are even a few bright conservatives and new democrats. The message is: Your country needs you and it is time to speak up.
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