May 19, 2024
The Liberals and NDP have embraced contempt for Parliament
It is probably an academic question as to which is more disgraceful: the fact that the Liberals were so willing to sell out Canadian democracy, or that they got such a low price for it.
It is probably an academic question as to which is more disgraceful: the fact that the Liberals were so willing to sell out Canadian democracy, or that they got such a low price for it.

One thing we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is the depths of the contempt that Canada’s professional class has for the practice of politics, our political parties and even Parliament itself. In the early days of the pandemic, this contempt largely emanated from journalists, but it appears to have now spread to members of the political class themselves. There is little reason to think our institutions of democracy will ever recover.

As in many countries, Canada’s initial response to the arrival of the novel coronavirus was highly technocratic. We essentially turned the running of the country over to the public-health experts, with political leaders at every level appearing more than happy to let the country’s various chief public-health officers take the lead. There were some very good reasons for this, not least of which is that a public-health crisis of this magnitude is unknown in almost all of our experience. This is pretty much why we have experts in the first place.

There was also an understandable feeling that a public-health crisis was no time for “mere politics” — the jousting and the gamesmanship and the pettiness of a lot of political life seemed hugely out of step with the emerging scale of the crisis. Combined with other aspects of the response, measures like the command economy, the taking on of huge levels of public debt and the widespread restrictions on civil liberties, it served to underscore the sense that we were in something close to wartime footing.

But just as a war is far too serious a matter to leave to the generals, a pandemic is too important to leave to the experts. Every decision that has been made, every aspect of our response, has involved trade-offs, including the dreadful job of deciding who will live and who might die. These decisions are irreducibly political, and many of our leaders waited far too long to accept their ultimate responsibilities here. It is to our great discredit that we let them.

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(4) Coming undone: What COVID-19 pandemic policies have done to our psyche

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