The cabinet of Justin Trudeau’s liberals is in retreat to Hamilton, Ontario. They are at the heart of Ontario’s strength and Canada’s weakest point. It is all said by the wisps of smoke from the once mighty steel mills of Hamilton Harbour. It is the old city south of the mills and the new city looking down from the mountain.
Hamilton’s weakness is its lunch pail outlook in a decentralized city. It is the homeless on the streets. It is the lack of rapid transit and just generally bad planning. How can you plan for a lifetime and worry about food for the next week? The city’s hospitals are run by the University without understanding their function for the city’s population. The hospitals discriminate and abuse the destitute. They are run by people who care more for their jobs than the people they are supposed to serve.
The lack of affordable homes in Hamilton is Canada in microcosm. Tell us again why we cannot afford to live here? Tell us again why the grocery stores continue to raise the price of food? Do the company CEOs continue to dictate to our parliamentarians?
Is our liberal government planning to try to get re-elected in due time or are they concerned about the directions we are taking? If they give a damn about the future of our world, why are they fooling around with the sphincter-tensing processes of shipping bitumen through the Straits of Georgia?
When did having your own telephone become a right-of-passage for Canadian children? When did our government become so servile as to acquiesce to the demands of a spoiled scion of Rogers to become king of the telecoms?
Is anyone in the cabinet asking the questions of where the country is headed. Is it so in lock-step with its neighbour to the south? Who does this cabinet think they serve?
And don’t tell us how great it is to be middle class until you have tried it.
Did Hamilton’s new mayor welcome you? She did little at Queen’s Park over the years she was there. Did she offer you the key to the city? When did they find it?
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