Reading one of those on-line newspapers for my city and area, I found a quiz asking readers what they consider the most serious issue our community faces. I wasn’t surprised that healthcare was out ahead of other concerns. Our local hospital took a serious beating during the pandemic and is not looking like it will recover very soon. The problem is really one of leadership.
And the problem starts in our community and exists across the country. In our community, we lost a reasonably good mayor this year. He tried to switch to provincial politics and got his nose bloodied by what, I considered, a weak opponent. I would have helped him but we seem to have had our differences over his three terms as mayor. The wife and I gave him our votes and he came close, but not enough.
Instead of a reasonably good mayor as replacement, I think we got a nebbish. This is a person who spent eight years as a councillor on Barrie council to little effect, four years as a member of parliament to less effect. This is a person of little imagination and fewer leadership skills. In parliament, he supported Maxime Bernier, the libertarian who left the conservatives and created the peoples’ party of Canada. As an MP, Mr. Nuttall spoke out against Barrie having safe injection sites. We can hardly expect much leadership from him as mayor.
But it all fits in with the lack of leadership in Ontario. The two most important responsibilities of our provincial government are education and healthcare. The province continues to resist paying healthcare workers and educators a decent wage in face of rampant inflation. They are too busy interfering in municipal matters, building highways to nowhere and trying to politicize policing and justice.
This all fits in with the lack of leadership at the federal level. Our federal lack of leadership reminds me of a cartoony radio commercial about an announcer who likes it in the recording booth and will not come out. It takes a two-party coalition to get anything done in Ottawa, yet our prime minister wants to stay on as leader of a party that he has tried to destroy. Mind you, you will find no leadership in Ottawa.
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