Re­tire­ment age boost could be the last straw

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Peo­ple want change, not more of the sta­tus quo (Feb. 07)

Many Cana­dian vot­ers, per­haps as many as 39.5 per cent can read­ily iden­tify at least in part with some of the colum­nist’s sen­ti­ments re­gard­ing our PM. Un­for­tu­nately even those of the op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal camps are dis­heart­ened that the prospect of elec­toral re­form has been re­jected. The fail­ure of our selfie-pos­ing PM to live up to his cam­paign prom­ises un­der­lines his hol­low cam­paign rhetoric and the ar­ro­gance and in­so­lence of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to­ward their par­ti­san and sup­port­ive body of vot­ers.

It re­mains to be seen how many of Trudeau’s po­lit­i­cal base will suf­fer from Lib­eral buyer’s re­morse in light of be­ing jilted by the PM. Naive trust and hope of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “sunny ways” in­stead now seem­ingly ap­pears to have trans­formed into dis­trust and cyn­i­cism and the await of sullen days.

The gnash­ing of teeth is al­ready be­ing wit­nessed over the PMs non­con­form­ing to some of his cam­paign prom­ises. On the ever fad­ing solemn-word po­lit­i­cal hori­zon is the rec­om­men­da­tion of Trudeau’s eco­nomic ad­vi­sory coun­cil to hike the age of re­tire­ment. If en­acted then that breach of his sup­porter’s trust should be enough for those about to be af­fected to re­set their po­lit­i­cal com­pass in prepa­ra­tion for 2019. Iron­i­cally, forth­com­ing leg­is­la­tion on a cur­rent hot but­ton is­sue and its even­tual le­gal­iza­tion will un­doubt­edly re­store an­tic­i­pated “sunny ways” for a seg­ment of his fan base. M.J. Pavlov, Hamil­ton

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