Canada Needs Politics Based On Ideas, Not Rule-By-Fear Personality Cults

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Political parties love to cast external blame. They focus our attention on who to ‘hate,’ whether it’s Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Maxime Bernier, Erin O’Toole, Jagmeet Singh, and others. They get their partisans to direct all their anger towards the designated ‘enemy,’ which serves as an effective way to distract attention from their own actions. And yet, it seems there is a deeper problem that goes beyond any individual leader: Canada’s political parties function more like authoritarian institutions than anything else. Consider what we have seen in recent years.