Monday, December 14, 2015
I Give Up. More of Us Should Follow Suit.
The world is moving much too fast today to entrust it any longer to people of my generation. It's time for political renewal, fresh blood. It's time to deliver the reins of power into the hands of a younger generation. It's their time.
Lester Pearson was a wonderful prime minister. He gave the world peacekeeping and picked up a Nobel prize for his efforts. He gave Canada the flag we rally around so proudly. Pearson's greatest gift, however, was that he knew it was time for renewal, time for younger men and women to step up.
In rotation, it was time for the Liberals to be led by a French Canadian and Pearson got busy scouting and recruiting and he was looking Left in his search. He recruited Trudeau, Pelletier and the feisty firebrand Marchand. Pearson groomed Chretien, holding him back until he was ready to step into a major portfolio.
Thanks to Pearson, we wound up with a guy who gave all of us the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the bulwark that defended liberal democracy against the authoritarian excesses of the Harper regime throughout our Decade of Darkness.
The Liberals have their young guy and it was no accident that he brought so many young, fresh faces - often very talented - into his new cabinet. Trudeau is building his party for the future and the others would do well to think hard about doing the same.
People of my generation no longer have as much "skin in the game." We're slowing down, settling in for retirement. We don't peer out to the horizon as much as we did in our younger years. We tend to see what's immediately in front of us. Think of it as the "green bananas"syndrome.
There are ominous challenges looming but, by the time those battles become truly decisive, potentially catastrophic, me and mine will probably be enjoying the perpetual dirt nap.
To leave us in control of the stick and rudder is sort of like hiring a pilot who won't be around for the landing.
Canada needs younger women and men at the controls of our political apparatus and we need them in every part of the political spectrum.