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Italians kept out of Cabinet: too mature and established

Italians kept out of Cabinet: too mature and established

TORONTO – Public disclaimer: please do not read the following if you are easily offended by inferences drawn from identity politics, be they generated by religious affiliation, pigmentation politics, race-traitorship or just plain proclivity to be thin-skinned and stupid.
It is the time of year when [those of us who are Catholic] collectively reflect on some of Christ’s last words: forgive them Father for “they” know not what they do. Or say.
If “they” knew, they could be held responsible or liable in law. In society, today, we expect that by the age of 18 everyone knows, or ought to know, “the rules of the game” – the law. 
We enter into relationships [contracts] only with those who recognize that reciprocity (i.e., mutual benefit) is the foundation stone for sustainability. 
It makes sense in life, in the marketplace and in politics. It comes down to respect. 
The democratic process is built on it. Governments are created, thrive or disappear to the extent that they reflect the interests of the people they serve.
Prime Ministers typically structure Cabinets so that as broad a swath of the population as possible is represented at the table. 
That ensures a connection to the various elements and interests of the society they serve. And prolongs its life cycle.
Sometimes, and not necessarily in all cases, the individuals called to Cabinet from those “interest groups” are not the fastest cars in the paddock, but their teams are still in the race. 
On paper, Prime Minister Trudeau’s has an embarrassment of riches from which to choose a couple of Ministers representative of the Italian Canadian community, were he so inclined.
He’s not, at least not just yet.
No problem exclaimed a former Minister, Sergio Marchi, whose timely resurrection and pronouncements were noted last Monday in Ottawa’s the Hill Times, a weekly newspaper. 
“It would be nice”, but there is no need for Italian Canadians – talented or not – in Cabinet because the Italian community is “mature” and “established”. 
The implication being that Trudeau’s Cabinet is for the immature … or that established communities no longer need a government. 
Maybe that is not what Marchi meant. 
Prime Minister Trudeau should check it out before he adheres to his advice and becomes just Trudeau.
 
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Mar Sun ,2017