Caroline Elliott is a political commentator and a PhD candidate in Political Science at Simon Fraser University. She runs a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, public policy and political advice for a broad range of clients.
Young Canadians used to be able to look forward to growing real incomes over their working lives, but that’s no longer the case. If the OECD is right, Canadians can instead expect stagnating incomes with a declining standard of living.
When residential school deaths are described as mass murder and Canada is portrayed as on par with Hitler’s Germany or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, any moral high ground Canada might occupy in advocating for international human rights is undermined.
The growth of identity politics in mainstream discourse threatens to replace the cohesive power of commonality with a politics of resentment. This only deepens our divides, undercutting progress from a time when diversity wasn’t valued and otherness was a sure path to exclusion.