Fear and hate have no place in Canadian political discourse

Pierre Poilievre must calm his angry crowd before anyone gets hurt – or worse, September 1

Bob Hepburn writes as if Pierre Poilievre, a political buff and political super geek, is responsible for the anger and frustration expressed by many Canadians. Hepburn writes as if having sympathy for working people who express frustration because government excesses and elite personal dealings — handouts for private clubs, for example — define Canada’s response to the pandemic comes back to stir up an angry mob.

Yes, feelings are heightened and many of us have to work through a respectful disagreement. But respect has to be a two-way street.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the demonstrators in the truck convoy “disgusting.” Liberals have diligently created narratives that further marginalize people who already felt slighted when they took to the streets.

I’m not sure Poilièvre’s sympathy for those with strong feelings is the problem with Canadian discourse right now. It certainly helps the liberal narrative to embellish every encounter with rabid trucker types. It is certainly easier than talking about fiscal policy and inflation. These topics require a certain composure that doesn’t net political points as quickly as it elicits feelings of fear and loathing.

Beatrice van DijkToronto

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