The past couple of weeks have been big from a political standpoint, albeit not surprising. Confirmation over the weekend of a snap September 20 federal election (two years earlier than the next fixed election date), did not shock too many Canadians, although likely led to some heavy sighs, eye rolling and frustration. And, for Manitobans, the dropping of the writ followed on the heels of Premier Brian Pallister’s announcement that he will not seek re-election, which means a provincial party leadership race is now brewing.
Already, the tireless Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched their election platform, What it Takes to Grow. Each Canadian must ask important questions during this election about the priorities for the next Parliament: How can we put the economic damage of COVID behind us? How can we overcome Canada’s longstanding economic challenges? And how do we create 21st century opportunities for Canadians?
In other words, are the parties proposing to do what it will take to grow the Canadian economy? The Canadian Chamber’s formula for growth has three distinct phases: 1) Finishing the fight against COVID 2) Getting the fundamentals right 3) Creating 21st century opportunities.
In the meantime, if you haven’t yet had the chance to sneak in a summer vacation, you had better take one soon. There seems to be more work to do…