The most controversial phrase Prime Minister Justin Trudeau uttered this week might have been this one: “We can choose to embrace bold new solutions to the challenges we face and refuse to be held back by old ways of thinking.”
We won’t know what that means until the throne speech next month, but Pierre Trudeau’s son looks like he’s gearing up to test a conservative nation’s tolerance for radical change. Canada’s attempts at “bold new solutions” in the past have tended to follow Royal Commissions or years of tedious debate. The prime minister seems like he’s just going to go for it.
“As much as this pandemic is an unexpected challenge, it is also an unprecedented opportunity,” Trudeau said. “This is our chance to build a more resilient Canada.”
Some “old ways of thinking,” such as fiscal prudence, aligned with a pretty good run of economic growth from the late 1990s through to the eve of the Great Recession.
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