It is time for the prime minister and his colleagues to set priorities and start the implementation part of the agenda.
While the majority decision of the court lends support to the arguments that the Trudeau government has made about the inadequacy of the consultation process under the Harper government, it does put the pipeline approval process on the Trudeau cabinet's agenda about six months earlier than anticipated.
In the case of Bill C-14, the Senate added in a positive way to the public discourse on this most difficult subject that affects all of us. As time goes on, we will have a better idea if this oddly-composed Senate effectively performs the Sober Second Thought role originally envisaged for it. Bill C-14 may just be one case but so far, so good, Senators.
Perhaps it's time for the prime minister to step back, take a deep breath, and reflect on the fact that governing in a parliamentary democracy is hard work. It is more than going to international meetings or being feted at the White House. It should be about working with others and compromise.
If the tragedy of residential schools is to be overcome, then a system designed by and for the benefit of Canada’s indigenous population must be the result. The government representing the people of Canada should be committed to getting this right, ensuring that the financial resources committed actually result in improved education outcomes.
Canadians are now in for at least four years of big government or, at least, big government spending and government involvement in virtually every aspect of the economy.