The PMPRB’s recent experience, which saw the new guidelines challenged in court by the pharmaceutical industry, provides a glimpse of the challenge ahead.
Regardless of polls, it’s difficult to write off Trump, whose surreal fun house of lies, demagoguery, and hate keeps his deluded right-wing base coming back for more.
A Democratic victory on Nov. 3 by Joe Biden would eliminate the gratuitous anti-Canadian attitude favoured by Trump, but the Democrats’ attitude on free trade is mixed.
It goes without saying that, with the second wave of the pandemic roaring ahead, Canadian leaders need to work much harder to reinforce the message that individual responsibility is the key to holding back COVID-19.
It is obvious now, with the pandemic bouncing back fiercely, that the virus will dictate socio-economic conditions and every government’s programs for some time to come.
Bringing new ideas about creating a better Canada to life will require time and an ongoing, historic commitment once the pandemic recedes.
The Conservative standard bearer has continued his party’s policy of demonizing Justin Trudeau, never missing a chance to depict the prime minister as a preening celebrity.
Canada has not been fertile ground for this approach, but heavy-handed, illiberal populism gains ground with the normalization of extremism and the politics of fear, hate, and resentment.