An article recently published in Macleans urges Canadians to not learn from what just happened in the United States. The author praises our multicultural heritage and makes effort to differentiate Canadian problems from American problems.
Please stop saying Canada has nothing to learn from what is happening down south. For we have similar problems here.
First, Trump’s electoral victory must be taken as the beginning of the era of tribal politics. Critics can say as much about Trump’s nasty remarks about the women, the minority, and the refugees. In the end, it’s all irrelevant. Those who had voted for Trump has seen for decades that he is a man true to tribal instincts.
He promises that he would be just as ruthless in taking good from others for his tribe. Unfortunately, many admire leaders with such character and embrace Trump as ‘one of us.’
Furthermore, social media, technological innovation, perpetuates the antipathy among people holding different views. Rather than engaging in open discussion with people who hold different views, people have become more interested in finding others who would validate their beliefs–no matter how biased they may be.
We now have Trudeau, who appears to take more democratic, the transparent approach to getting jobs done. But if his approach fails to achieve desirable outcomes, what then? It’d be imprudent to rule that Canadians are a different species of homo sapiens, completely detached from tribal instincts.
Can we really say that we do not have “fake news” in Canada? What about Rebel Media? Youtube is full of videos showing Rebel Media journalists preaching their political belief. Coincidently, they do not sound much different from arguments common in various internet media sources that were imperative in rallying support for Trump.
If the oil price continues to remain low, Alberta may as well as be the Canadian Rust Belt. I had lived in Alberta-Saskatchewan for a decade. Many western Canadians are good, hardworking people.
However, there are those who share the worldview of American South and the anxiety of Americans living in the Rust Belt. Those who are faithful to environmentalism may have welcomed Trudeau’s “phase out” comment. But what makes you think that they won’t rally for a tough, trash-talking individual who vows to give them back what they have lost?
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