Progressives have much to be smug about
RE: Progressives never have to say they’re sorry (July 6)
The writer accuses progressives of being smug. An example of an idea that gave progressives a lot of pleasure (smugness) was the advent of universally available, single payer, government regulated health care. Here in Ontario, health care was initiated by the only political party that had the word progressive in its name.
An example on the other side of the coin which produced a degree of pleasure (smugness) was the replacement of the long form census to the short form, in 2011 by the Harper government, which as a political party had long since given up the Progressive part of their identity. Conservatives were happy more than smug.
The whole idea of a referendum on certain issues has two sides. There is the side that says many things should be decided by referendums. So let’s have a referendum on indigenous rights and treaties. Maybe? Maybe not. Can you imagine the xenophobia in that one? How about a referendum on immigration? Same thing.
Brexit was decided in a referendum instead of negotiation with the EU. Now we can sit back and see how that works out. The EU brought winds of change to Britain and they chose to build walls instead of windmills.
Imagine a referendum in Mississippi on whether or not black people should be able to drink at the same water fountain as white people. In the fifties the result might be quite different than today, if so that would be progressive and people would be happy not smug. Bill Brush, Hamilton