As we pivot to a new world, of course, we’ll have to contend with the election of Trump as president.
But it’s not an absolute road block. Yesterday I wrote about how Trump won because he appealed to various populations of disenfranchised people who have been screwed by the political and global economic order.
Honestly, he’s not wrong. Lots of people who voted for him, and millions more, actually have been disenfranchised.
What he also did was serve up some scapegoats who weren’t responsible for the economic disenfranchisement. Plus, Clinton was part of the political and economic disenfranchisement of many, which is why millions were hoping Sanders would win because he also championed the restoration of disenfranchisement, but more progressively than Trump’s path.
Yesterday we also saw Kellie Leitch emboldened by the Trump victory, as someone who espouses his divisive, skapegoating, xenophobic values. She intends to lead the Conservative Party and usher in a Trump kind of Canada. Within hours of his victory, before the sun was even up in most of Canada, she sent out a leadership fundraising email to her old stock Canadian supporters.
And considering the amount of media presence Ann Coulter received in Canada yesterday, we should expect more media tolerance for people like Kevin O’Leary and Ezra Levant.
So today, right now, we need to start looking for Canada’s Sanders. It will not be Mulcair or Trudeau, both of whom are political game players who do not manifest the passion for building a nation that heals political and economic disenfranchisement and builds equity, justice and deeply rich community connections.
Trudeau and Mulcair will be destroyed by xenophobic right wing populism from Leitch or whoever wins the CPC xenophobia sweepstakes.
Sanders spoke to the same kind of political and economic disenfranchisement as Trump did, but his solution was about building up fairness, not blaming people who are even more vulnerable.
So today we need to find someone who can bring the country together instead of dividing it, like Leitch will do, continuing Harper’ s divisive legacy.
We need to find a leader who understands the economically disenfranchised and explore ways of building an economy that works for people, not the global 1%.
We need to commit to equality through society, not skapegoating people who are different. We need to use models like the Leap Manifesto to simultaneously address economic, social, climate and race disparities in the country.
And most difficult, if we are to pivot to a new, better Canada, we need to talk with the old stock Canadians and those who are drawn to Leitch’s dog whistle politics. These people are also contending with losing their white and male entitlements in an increasingly different Canada. They need to be part of a conversation about what a new Canada looks like. It won’t be run by white men and we need to assuage their fears of losing their unjust entitlements.
And we need a leader who embodies all this passion. We’re already starting a list of contenders: Andrew Cash, Romeo Saganash, Megan Leslie, Charlie Angus, Nathan Cullen, Linda McQuaig, Pam Palmater, Cindy Blackstock, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis.
Who do you think can be this leader?