Liberalism is still with us. It is a concept of governance that will not go away. People around the world have fought for it. It lives on as despots die. It is progressive. It braves the future and gives it substance.
In some countries, liberalism exists as a way-station between conservatism and socialism. It emphasizes the rights of the individual over the rights of property and the rights of the collective.
In Canada, liberalism has existed for the past two centuries. It predates confederation. It has mostly traded governance with conservatives and populists. The rights and freedoms of Canadians have been under constant attack from both the right and the left.
Liberalism, as do most political strategies, requires leadership. When it is strong, we move forward. When it is weak, we regress. When the COVID pandemic required it, we had the leadership. Our present prime minister stepped into the role. He enjoys the role, as he is but an actor on the world stage. He enjoys the envy and admiration of the rest of the world. He has bargained with the socialists to keep his left-of-centre government in office.
The success of Canada’s liberalism has been the envy of the world. Canada is a multi-lingual country that works. It is a haven for those fleeing the quarrels of countless countries. Canada speaks the languages of the world. It carries on many of the customs. It is a vibrant country, prone to argue. To the rest of the world, we look like the United States of America. Yet, we cherish the differences.
Canada looks with concern on the problems of the Confused States of America. It is a country with hardened attitudes on politics, religion and aggressive capitalism. We look to our politicians to run our country, not just those with money. We negotiate our trade and treaties with America and other friends. We stand apart in our liberal attitudes. It is because of our liberalism that we can build a strong future.
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