I spent much of the past week with an old friend from back home. He and I have taken different paths since we left high school, but we share the bond of two people who grew up together in a small town. We can still have fun like we did when we were 18 and I can connect with him on a barrier-free level that I am unwilling to even attempt with people I meet now. This openness made for some insightful political discussions.
Let me be clear here, when I say my friend and I have taken different paths since high school, I am talking about stark differences. My friend left school in the late 90s and has never sat in a classroom (save one-day courses required to be ticketed for his field) since then. His line of work, oil, has allowed him to earn a substantial salary with no post-secondary education. Continue reading
Justin Trudeau is going to lead us out of the Conservative darkness. Tomorrow the son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau will become the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada (PM) and we should all be so lucky. He would not be the PM if his last name wasn’t Trudeau – this is the most important point to remember. He became the leader of the The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) because after the Chretien/Martin years ended they needed a saviour. Dion was wrong right out of the gate. Ignatieff looked good, but was too easily mocked as a carpetbagger. Trudeau the Younger, handsome and charismatic (so they say) was going to lead the LPC back to its role as Canada’s Natural Governing Party. By looking at three points – his inheritance, his privilege, and his adherence to the global capitalist norm – we will see that Trudeau the Younger differs from our past leaders only in the same way one snake differs from another – that is to say not at all. Continue reading