Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, with an infant, was in the news because she dared to ask for additional help during her travels. It's natural to wonder if this is yet another case of Canada selling out its iconoclasts to pander to the larger constituency...the "common folk" our so-called leaders pretend to care about.
There has always been a love/hate relationship between the governed who tend to run from average to lower income and the professional political class which tends to be upper or legacy rich. Even our current prime minister is from a dynasty. He rules over his gray kingdom of bureaucrats and clueless ministers. The only inheritance the political elite don't want to tax is political currency.
None of this does anything to alleviate the growing sense the world over that our so called democratic governments are in the hands of a special powerful elite. That a sort of soft communism or techno-socialism has slowly taken over all meaningful machines and everyday people are now pawns on a digital board. As long as we recognize the faces and names on TV then all is well.
Maybe, we don't have real control of our own lives. Have we voted power away without realizing it? Or did this all happen before we were even born? A global network of industries and trade masters using professional languages to control our narrative. We're just markets now. Consumers. We're excluded from production because we're not sophisticated enough.
It's a question motive. With every decision we make we intend to be better off afterwards than before. We don't always achieve this, but that's the idea.
One thing is for sure, the average Canadian lives a pretty trivial life if nanny expenses are worth getting upset about. Our bureaucracy wastes literally billions of dollars on the most ridiculous projects and Sophie, a young mother in a very important role can't be separated from that. We used to leave families out of politics; but those were the good old days.
She's an easy target. Sells copy. With our national debt ($620,649,921,545.98 as of April 17th, 2016) growing, our lack of individual production, our long standing dependence on the social state; all this is just too hard to tackle. So let's all pick on the spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada instead.
Look Mr. Trudeau has his issues. He's phony, narcissistic (he did dress up as Clark Kent for Halloween), and a liar. So basically every other politician out there. It's time for a better candidates. Better ideas. Our political culture has more in common with dinner theatre than significant movements of global power. We don't do much anymore.
Maybe it's time some Canadians grow up and start producing again so we can afford to develop more iconoclasts, those who can play at a higher level. Results driven. In and out. Good people to protect our national interests. We might eventually get a skilled master of statecraft who elevates our profits and our role in the world.
One final thought for those of you who find it easy to "forget" the value of producing here at home. If you're one of the 90% of Canadians who owe someone else money, while bragging about Canada being the 10th largest economy in the world...give your head a shake.
Then go build like a Canadian.