October 28, 2019 | Published by Hill Times | By Debbie Douglas, Chris Friesen, Stephan Reichhold, Sarosh Risvi, Katie Rosenberger
What can we conclude from a federal election that resulted in a minority government reflecting stark regional and, in some cases, urban/rural divides?
That we need to work together to bridge those divides.
And with a minority government, we’ve all been given a golden opportunity to do just that.
Let’s make the most of the fact that Canada isn’t painted solely red, dark blue, light blue, orange, green—or, if we’re talking skin colour, white.
Let’s appreciate that we live in a diverse, liberal and well-functioning country — even as it faces uncertainty due to climate change and economic restructuring. Even as it strains under polarizing income inequality, and a hyper-local focus that can make us think in terms of “me” not “we”.
For Canada to bridge those divides, this has to be about “we”, because we are in this together.
That is what vibrant, functioning democracies do. They move beyond election slogans.
For the next while, it’s not Time For You To Get Ahead or In It For You or being On Your Side in particular or anyone else’s. Those ads are now in the dustbin of #elxn43 history.