Justin Trudeau – Brookman: My kingdom for some inspirational leadership in Canada
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Provincially, I have to ask, what is going on? It seems like day after day, the Kenney government drops new bombs into our news, such as tearing up doctors’ contracts, threatening some provincial parks, opening up new coal mines, or buying a share of the Keystone XL pipeline. Decisions regarding openings and closings during the pandemic seem to change every full moon. I still believe that all of these decisions were made with good intent, but the inability of this government to communicate its plans and reasoning to the public is destroying the faith that people put into it. The proposed fight with the United States is not something most of us want or understand. We want the Americans to allow us to build our pipeline to ship our oil into their country, but we cannot build our own pipeline to carry our own oil across our own country. There is no inspirational leadership here that I can see.
Then there’s Calgary’s city council. Eight members of this council will not run again, but they still want us all to support the $5.5-billion investment in the Green Line. Calgary’s downtown feels like a scene out of The Twilight Zone, but this council will not relent in its efforts to put us into a debt position that will take decades to get out of. Mayor Naheed Nenshi seems to snipe at the premier on a regular basis; the council members themselves are divided on so many issues, and while we face unemployment and huge economic challenges, the debate is whether to lower speed limits.
If you want to be inspired, it seems you must look elsewhere and to women, such as Angela Merkel of Germany and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand.
Come on, folks. We should be living in the land of milk and honey and most of us should be applauding the ideas and decisions that come from our political leaders. Instead, we are the last they listen to, the last to learn the facts and the first to be asked to pay the bill. Inspirational government? Not right now, not as far as I can see, at least not in this country.
George Brookman is chairman and company ambassador of West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc.