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Parliament returns with the theatre of building back better

By Erica Ifill      

What will be interesting to witness is how the parties react and position themselves with respect to Justin Trudeau’s line in the sand: ‘This is not the time for austerity.’

The country can’t ‘build back’ and many promises made in the Throne Speech can’t be fulfilled before a vaccine is found, and the Liberals know that, writes Erica Ifill. By the time it rolls out, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will look like he’s managed to keep his hand on the tiller and steady the ship. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

CALGARY—It’s Fall 2020 and we still have a government. That’s nice. It’s the best one can hope for in the midst of a global pandemic, economic disintegration, and a society that is held together, not by a common purpose, but the tenuous glue of predictable racial fragmentation. A lot of people are telling on themselves and frankly many of our politicians would rather see human suffering than a loss of lifestyle. In Canada, property over people has been the rallying cry of the “law and order” crowd, unless the law calls for justice for those without power.

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