Three political parties in Canada have the opportunity to reinvent themselves into 21st century models. It will require vision, courage, and trust; attributes sadly lacking in politics these days.
Partisan politics is a 19th century construct, offering 20th century solutions to 21st century issues. It’s no surprise many of the ‘solutions’ don’t work. Reshaping the square peg to fit into the round hole is a mug’s game.
The easy way out would be to continue on with the status quo and attempt to convince the citizenry that the same old is brand new and shiny. But a new coat of paint on a crumbling foundation will never be more than temporary.
The real shift has to be in policy direction, something not easily done in the hyper-partisan, ideologically driven world of modern politics. In a media setting, talking heads attempt to make all issues black and/or white, but policy work is five thousand shades of grey, usually without the sex.
That shift will have to come from a generation other than the one in charge now. For better or for worse, the Liberals did a major generational shift last year and, although the jury is still out, it appears to have paid off.
I would hope that the other parties have at least caught a glimpse of the future and are prepared to accept it. If they don’t, they will be consigned to the irrelevant file, and those of us who sail into the future will wave to them as they stand on the shore arguing about how to improve the dock.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’