We have no need for majority government

We are now into the silly season with the governing Liberal Party calling for an election two years before their mandate expires. Former Ontario premier David Peterson also pulled a snap election while riding high in the polls, but discovered that the population was fickle and tossed the government out, allowing Bob Rae and the NDP to take over the government of Ontario.

In the beginning of the fourth wave of Covid, with numbers of infections rising across Canada, we ask “Why call an election now?”

Even though the government is in a minority position, the government has the confidence and support of enough sitting members to carrying out their agenda. It remains unclear how the “Build Back Better” – a U.S. Democrat campaign slogan that worked to undermine the Republican administration in the U.S. – will not have Canadian electors asking what are you going to do that you are currently not doing?

Maybe this election is all about making Justin Trudeau feel good about himself. Perhaps he would like a majority so that he would not have to be responsible to the other parties and their ideas.

All the sitting parties remain united on having all Canadians vaccinated to defeat the pandemic. A majority of the house is in favour of reducing Day Care costs for parents. All the parties have similar plans for creating a greener economy, creating jobs, affordable housing and working on the climate crisis.

Justin Trudeau, in his speech following the call of the election told Canadians that this is a pivotal moment in Canada. Perhaps the most important election in Canada’s life. Joe Biden said the same about the election in the United States. Trudeau told his audience that he believed that Canadians had to have a voice on what should happen in the next 17 months or four years. In his announcement Trudeau talked about the past 17 months. He didn’t lay out his plans for the next 17 months, four years or 17 years from now. We ask, where are the Liberals going to pivot to.

Erin O’Toole’s speech focused on the Conservative’s 5-point Canada Recovery Plan while dodging questions on Covid passports and mandatory vaccination requirements. When asked if he would require all of his candidates to be fully vaccinated, he vacillated. His response was to tell the reporter that education was important, along with wearing masks and testing.

The New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh promised to tax the ultra rich, using those funds for a national pharmacare program, and delivering clean drinking water to all Indigenous nations. He reminded Canadians that the NDP forced the government to fund those Canadians hardest hit by the pandemic.

The current minority government has worked well in this crisis. The election will take place on September 20. Perhaps the best option for Canadians is to return a minority government where all parties have a hand in pivoting to the future. We really do not need a majority government.

Former Publisher
Fort Frances Times