So given how much everything has changed over the past couple of months, it shouldn't come as a surprise to any of my listeners that what I will post on any given blog entry will have some information that is outdated. I will have some things to say that may no longer be accurate or relevant, depending on the context in which it was written at the time. But that doesn't change how important some of the criticisms I have are. We still have a lot to think about in terms of fundamentally changing our systems of governance and economy. There is still a lot to be done when it comes to helping out our least fortunate, and that is what this episode is all about.
Besides, there is still a lot going on as we speak that we don't yet have explanations for, such as why are there still man camps in BC of up to a thousand workers during a pandemic? What about folks on disability or are low income and don't have access to internet, who are now being forced to apply for subsidies that will go straight to their landlords? Will they get access to the federal funding promised, and if so, why not just give them that money in the first place? No matter where we are in the timeline, and no matter how fast and furious these funding announcements come out, there will always be room for more questions. Decisions made by federal and provincial governments must continue to be scrutinized, and I will never apologize for that.
While there are many good initiatives that have been rolled out in the preceding days and weeks by both levels of government, it should never excuse or absolve them from criticism when those initiatives fall short. To say "we've done more than anyone else" is not an excuse, and it doesn't render any criticisms moot. So please remember that when you listen to this episode. No governments are perfect, and no governments will ever get things right 100% of the time, I understand that. I also understand that there are always ways to improve upon government policy, and my hope is that what we have seen from the provincial and federal governments is just the beginning. I truly believe that there are good people that work in the public sector, and that they will work together. It remains to be seen if those same people will have enough influence on the true decision makers in Canadian politics.
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