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Trudeau wants us to believe he hasn’t done nothin’—and it’s an easy sell

By Erica Ifill      

We are amazed, but not amused by all the things you say that you'll do. Though much concerned but not involved with decisions that are made by you.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t done a damn thing for womxn, Black people, Indigenous people, or people with disabilities. The only people the prime minister succeeds in ‘helping’ are those from his own exalted circles—the status quo cadre of rich and privileged white men, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were my favourite: my dad would come downstairs, put on his LP of choice and make breakfast. It was from this beginning that my musical tastes began to form. Quincy Jones, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, a lot of Otis Redding (my dad always preferred the soulful and grittier Memphis sound over the poppy Motown sound), Bob Marley, Roberta Flack, Bobby Darin (yeah I don’t know how this fits in my dad’s pantheon of greats, but that’s my dad) and Stevie Wonder. Revolutionary music was the order of the day, especially Black revolutionary music. One of my favourite songs from Stevie Wonder, You Haven’t Done Nothin’, features the Jackson 5 and perfectly encapsulates our dear leader and his government. Note that this song was written to describe the Nixon administration (the single was released in 1974, two days before Nixon resigned the presidency. Needless to say, the song went to No. 1).

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