Will the collective shock compel people to think seriously about a fundamental transformation of political motivation to prioritize social justice?
Tiff Macklem brings experience in global-level financial deliberations, commercial banking, and crisis management—all of which Finance Minister Bill Morneau must see as invaluable.
The Liberals, for all their good intentions, are burdened with an all-consuming struggle over COVID-19. And tightening gun ownership rules remains a worrisome wedge issue for a minority government.
The Trump-derived anti-WHO, anti-China thrust may keep the Conservatives’ right-wing supporters in Western Canada on-side, but is unlikely to be acceptable among Canadian voters as a whole.
With the worst of the epidemic and the potential economic disaster of Brexit ahead, Britons can only hope that PM Johnson can trade his populist mentality for something approaching constructive statesmanship.
The implications of the current crisis are unknowable, but there is a school of thought this upheaval will lead to a re-examination of this mentality, with an eye to rebuilding more generous social structures.
There's speculation over how the U.S. election will be handled in the age of the pandemic. The prevailing view is that the president would not be able legally to postpone the vote, although, with Trump, who knows?
How all this will play out as this current crisis unfolds is, of course, unknowable. But what is clear is that one day some months from now, we will wake up to a world marked by huge changes.