An election that wounded the country

di Joe Volpe del October 23, 2019

TORONTO - Proper etiquette requires that we congratulate all those who survived the rigors of a 40-day election campaign. We will not be found lacking. Felicitations to the victors and thanks to those who ended elsewhere on the ballot.

Win or lose, for whatever reason, every candidate deserves recognition for having offered herself/ himself for public offi­ce. It is not always a thankful exercise – the public is a demanding mistress (no sexism intended).

That having been said, the final results will have baffled more than one expert: all the parties were “winners” – Liberals with 157 seats can form the government, with or without the support of another Party; the CPC won the popular vote at 34.4% but, like Hillary Clinton, not the seat count; the NDP stared down annihilation and managed a respectable 15.9% and 24 seats; Greens managed a 50% seat growth (now 3 seats); the Bloc avoided extermination and experienced growth to 32 seats. Did I forget the PPC? So did everyone else.

The country however was deprived of any serious discussion, or vision, respecting economic development; demographic goals or large-scale social programmes designed to address the next generation of needs and aspirations of a country on the ascendency.

No leader seemed to take up the challenge to go beyond “loosechange” in your pocket issues. A mini tax cut here, a mini subsidy (allowance) there was all they could muster. The climate “change champion” was sixteenyear-old Greta Thunberg and she wasn’t on the ballot.

Neither were the Premiers of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and to a lesser extent Saskatchewan. But such was the focus on them and what they would do that their citizens did not vote to return the Liberal Party to government – except in Ontario where the visceral disgust with the PC Premier translated into firm support for the Prime Minister. Hatred is always a good basis for action.

It was disappointing to see that no Canadian Leader could rise above petty mudslinging to deal with our diminishing standing on the world stage, with our mendacious immigration system and any economic plan that would potentially unite Canadians rather than divide them further.

At the Corriere Canadese, we have “put our money where our mouth is”. We oンered any and all leaders opportunities to reach our readership and viewership in an unconfrontational environment. They passed on the opportunity.

Too bad…for them. As one of our more non-partisan supporters put it: one party doesn’t think it needs to use your platform, the others are afraid to make any effort to reach out to your community.

And yet, 33 constituencies (10% of the total in the House of Commons) have 10,000 or more voting members who self-identified as of Italian origin in the last census. A further 58 constituencies (17%) had between 5,000 and 9,999 such citizens.

Out of sight out of mind? No longer.

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