Of course, it’s possible that many Canadian political leaders may not be in office to play a role as these issues unwind in the wake of the current calamity.
If current trends continue in the U.S., it is problematic for Canada, which has a great deal to lose from inward-looking, nationalist leaders in Washington with no regard for alliances or diplomacy.
Ford cannot get past the anti-worker mentality born of his years as a rich, entitled business owner with little use for notions of government-promoted good.
Now Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, having anted up $30-billion for childcare, is negotiating again with the provinces.
The Liberals are clearly taking advantage of the way the virus emergency has undercut the neoliberal austerity fixation that has influenced federal government spending intentions in every budget for the past 30 years.
Whether Canadians are ready for this reimagined socio-economic vision will be a major political story going forward.
Regardless of COVID-19, the federal government needs to go beyond rhetoric and marshal a national consensus to get a lot tougher on hateful behaviour.
In the near future, voters’ score sheets are likely to be mainly shaped by their reading of their leaders’ responses to the pandemic. It’s impossible to say how the Liberals will fare once the verdict arrives.