Since 2015 Canada’s leaders have been on a fast track to transform the nation. Our political parties, our media, our institutions and even our courts have embraced a progressive ideology bent on changing Canada as we have known it. They have bent the knee to man-made climate change, compelled speech, gender identity, gender fluidity, diversity, equity and inclusion. The terms critical race theory, and western colonial guilt along with white privilege are now mainstream. Most of these issues have exploded onto the scene within the last ten years and every one of them is complex and divisive! Within this toxic mix of ideology and opinions, our leaders have used fear and guilt to promote programs and policies. Against this background, Covid regulations were unleashed on the battered population.
We all know that change is a fact of life and if managed properly is generally a force for good. However any prudent homeowner, business owner and even a politician should complete a cost / benefit analysis and risk assessment prior to launching any policies of any nature. We need to know what the cost is and what are the benefits in terms of social cohesion, health and the real economy. Is this happening? Did it happen during the covid panic? Does anybody care?
It is abundantly clear that our government operates on ‘the end justifies the means’ basis for everything and does so through a social justice lens. Impacts on social cohesion and dollar costs simply do not matter! As evidence the absolute mismanagement of every aspect of the Covid Panic is becoming crystal clear. The removal of individual rights and freedoms and the silencing of public debate through censorship or shunning will be discussed for decades. The categorization of citizens as ‘essential or non-essential’ was disgraceful.
When the Truckers Convoy began its trek across Canada millions of Canadians responded with demands to be heard. While the main motive was to regain personal agency over vaccine, masking and lockdown mandates, there is no doubt the vast list of social changes being forced on the citizenry were further motivating factors.
The Rouleau Commission Report has just been released and supports the government’s enacting of the Emergencies Act to deal with the Truckers’ Convoy. This outcome was predictable, but the public nature of the inquiry was of some benefit. The key takeaway for this event was that a large segment of the Canadian population has been ignored for too long by all of the political parties. The Truckers have led the way and it is our duty to challenge the politicians, the media, the courts and transnational corporations to regain our national pride and focus on the needs of all Canadians. Surely we are starting to realize the social and fiscal costs for many untested, progressive policies have been too high. Is it not time to re-capture the political agenda and elect people that can be trusted to do the job?
David Ainsworth Candidate – PPC