Trouble at home

As Canadians, we seldom pay much attention to our own politics. Yet we are being pushed more frequently into the politics of foreign countries. To our immediate south, daily our three major television networks cover the outlandish statements of a previous president. In watching the polls, all our major political parties are developing plans on how to respond to the US should that previous president be elected. In his term of 2016-2020 he upset the “Free Trade Agreement”. He has also given the re-elected Putin the right to attack any NATO nation that is not spending 2% of GDP on defense. That includes Canada.

Recent polls show that the two contenders for the job of President of the United States running neck and neck. Across the world there are many issues having a direct impact on Canadians. We have witnessed the horrors of the war in Ukraine and have accepted thousands of Ukrainian refugees to Canada. We have taken in thousands of LGBQT+ refugees who are fleeing persecution in their countries. In the United States we have seen states and the Supreme Court remove rights from women that we take for granted in our country. We have been appalled at the atrocities of Hamas on Israel and today are even more upset with the senseless slaughter of innocent Palestinian women and children and have opened our borders to them.

In Canada, we have already seen Saskatchewan and New Brunswick attack LGBQT+ rights in young people. It will become a national issue.

In Canada, one in two Canadians would want and called this year. It would be at the discretion of the Prime Minister since the next election is not expected until 2025. In Canada, we are facing our own issues, and many would like to see those issues addressed either in this parliament or with a government with a new mandate.

As Canadians, just like everyone around the world, we are worried about inflation as our grocery dollar is buying fewer items. We are concerned about the cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing. We continue to welcome immigrants and students from around the world, but often they have no place to live.

In the past several years, Canadians have witnessed floods and massive fires across the country all caused by climate change. Canadians will be looking for more support from emergency measures personnel when these disasters again strike and that will require addition support to emergency responders across the country.

In Canada we have opportunities. Unlike Russia where opposition leaders have been assassinated, or the political divide we witness in the United States, we continue to have leaders prepared to debate the issues. Our system of government may not produce the party to lead with the most votes, but clearly elects the party that has won the votes of the majority of electors in each riding across Canada. Those representatives should be hearing the concerns of Canadians.