As these brave public workers undertake one of the largest strike actions in Canadian history, we progressives need to have their backs.
Poilievre won’t do anything to fix these problems, of course. It is one thing to know the issues, but it is quite another to solve them.
The problem with this narrative that elections are won by appealing to the mushy centre is that it fails to come to grips with the electoral appeal of Donald Trump and other right-wing populist.
The challenge for progressives is to show that better public services serve the interests of all, while a focus on tax cuts will mainly benefit the most affluent.
What we urgently need is a recreation of the effective politics of post-War social democracy. But we can’t just return to the past.