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Celebrating stagnation – The McGill Daily

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201716 Views

April 3, 2017

In an age where we are constantly inundated with information about world events and widespread injustices, it is understandable that one of our natural reactions is to eagerly embrace tokenistic events to convince ourselves that progress is taking place. So, Justin Trudeau was the first Prime Minister to wear an Indigenous ceremonial headdress? Wow, incredible – colonialism is over, progress is happening! Meanwhile, the Liberal government continues break their promises, in approving pipelines and failing spend the money they promised to Indigenous communities in March 2016.

One might argue that the fact that Canadians feel that the government is doing well — thanks to Trudeau’s impeccable PR team and his many “casual and spontaneous” photo-ops appearing shirtless in the woods with a family and helping a man in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs — is an objectively good thing. How could a large population generally feeling more content be a bad thing?

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