Looking ahead to 2024, writing a political blog will be a year of many challenges. There is no social code that forbids us from talking either of religion or politics. Canadians will keep their eyes peeled on the events to the south. We will watch Mr. Trump trying desperately to confound his enemies and his own party of the right.
We will also watch the bumbles and stumbles of the Brexiters of the United Kingdom. And we will watch for the shifting sands of the Middle East and the political whims of the Continent. We will wait to see how the Russians will deal with loser Putin and wonder at who will be heir to Xi Jinping in China.
But it is here on our street where the reality of politics takes meaning. Will the autistic child two doors down get the understanding help he needs? Will the old lady next door quietly die when her RRIFs run dry? Will the teacher three doors further down get to catch up with the rising cost of living. Did the nurse in apartment 202 get the job she wanted in the United States? When you think about it, everyone has their story and those stories might all be political.
In Ontario, we know that the conservative government is not here for us. They are there for their developer friends who want cheap land out of the Greenbelt to build over-priced homes. These same provincial politicians give their conservative lawyer friends a false title such as a KC for King’s Councel. They make a secret deal with a European spa and give away the people’s Ontario Place.
But maybe we are better off in Ontario where the provincial government does not discriminate between Canada’s official languages. There’s no ‘live and let live’ in the Province of Quebec.
Maybe we can all move to Alberta with it’s laugh a minute ‘Looney Tunes’ premier. She is going to spend all that ill-gotten, polluting oil money fighting the federal government over their efforts to save our earthly environment. She is a separatist with no place to go with her land-locked Alberta—that was created by the feds. She has never acknowledged the gift of billions in the shape of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Many years ago, we had a politician who told us “The land is strong.” Nobody knew what he meant. Now we have one who tells us to “Bring it home.” Who knows what mysteries that slogan could hold for us?
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