Will the collective shock compel people to think seriously about a fundamental transformation of political motivation to prioritize social justice?
Protesters participate in a rally in Vancouver on April 27. It is well known that extremist, right-wing groups are trying to capitalize on COVID-born fear and frustration to drum up thousands of new recruits—pumping conspiracy theories and taking advantage of anti-shelter-in-place demonstrations, writes Les Whittington. Flickr photograph courtesy of GoToVan
OTTAWA—Like the Second World War, COVID-19 has the potential to be a dividing line that will be felt around the globe for years to come.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.