The federal Liberals, self-described champions of climate action, are approving giant fossil fuel projects at breakneck pace, even compared to their predecessors, the oil-friendly Harper Conservatives.
But there is a sea change in the air as more elections—provincial and federal—loom.
History has a way of turning on former leaders, often long after the fact. They might want to consider what is happening to Sir John A. Macdonald.
Trying to please the party's various factions on the pipeline-climate change issue has kept the NDP silent, or disjointed, on a crucial policy front.
As with electoral reform and, increasingly, the environment, Trudeau is throwing that constituency overboard in an attempt to mollify, or win over Canadians who would never vote for him in the first place.
It is something to think about the next time you enjoy some shady park, or quiet beach, or lakeside boardwalk—or even breath in surprisingly fresh summer air. It takes politicians, and bureaucrats, with vision, shrewdness, and community support to beat back the greedy, self-interested, banal armies of the status quo.
And, brace yourself: it is almost certainly bound to get worse, as we head into an interminable pre-election period starting in the fall.
Those who urge Trudeau to jettison the supply management program are wrong. Canada would not be liberating its farmers to conquer the world as its critics claim. We'd be putting further distance between what we produce.