A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted May 3rd, 2016 on Niagara At Large
There are people out there – you know who you are – who go out of their way to find and wear t-shirts with catchy or interesting words or sayings on them.
And I’m one of those people that likes reading them. It’s just one of the things I do while I’m out there, circling around the community, trying to figure out why I’m here and where it is I want to go.
I’ve yet to fully find answers to questions of why am I here and where I want to go, but I sure have read a lot of interesting sayings on t-shirts along the way. And one of the most interesting sayings I’ve read on a shirt lately is one worth all of us sharing and thinking seriously about.
It is a line attributed to one of my favourite people in the world these days, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and it goes like this – “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.”
I thought about that saying this past April 30th, when there on the TV screen, CBC was broadcasting a live media briefing following a meeting Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, had with his Liberal Party operatives in Quebec.
At that briefing, much of Trudeau’s statement focused on padding those operatives on the back, as they stood behind him nodding and looking so self-satisfied, for running a winning campaign in last fall’s federal election, and on how important it is to have a “good team” in place to win the next election in 2019.
Trudeau was playing more of a politician than a leader for the needs and hopes of Canadians during that briefing, and I fear he is playing more and more of a politician as he moves closer to signing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and following through on a sale of Canadian-made military hardware to the Saudis with their horrid human rights record – two deals brokered by a former Harper government many Canadians cast votes Trudeau’s way just five short months back to get rid of.
And that saying came to mind again on the second day of this May when I heard the latest news about all the grants and other gifts Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, and her government are showering on corporations that donate money to its election war chest.
No wonder so many people – especially younger people who haven’t had their ideals and hopes for a better future buried in cynicism and despair yet – are looking to alternatives like Bernie Sanders for leadership. And here in Canada to where I’ve heard one person after another, in comments in the media or in a coffee shop say; “What we need in this country is someone like Bernie Sanders.”
What do you think?
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