I'll bet you've got inside yourself some sense of progress, progressive, progressivism. Even bad people have a little.
The question today is whether progressivism remains a real construct in Canadian politics. Have our political parties become so neoliberal as to eradicate progressivism?
Let's take a look at some of the major problems of the day. You think of how a progressive would respond. Then compare that of any of the three main parties seeking power today.
What about an easy one, Palestine? How would a progressive respond to that volatile and worsening problem? How would Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair respond? Short of condemning Israel for its half century of enslavement of a people, how would a progressive respond?
See what I'm getting at? Take a problem. Here's a partial list: climate change, health care, education, inequality, bitumen trafficking, Arctic Canada, democratic deficit, free and fair elections, freedom of information, press freedom, corporatism... you could easily spend half a day tacking items onto this list. Just pick a couple or a few and try to envision what would be a progressive approach to them. Then "contrast and compare" that with the thin gruel being offered up by our major political parties.
Who knows, maybe you'll be able to Spot the Progressive. Somehow I doubt it.