Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday September 21, 2016
Trudeau decries politicians who exploit anxiety for personal gain in first UN address
Justin Trudeau’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly included some less-than-subtle references to the politics practiced by people such as Donald Trump.
The prime minister mentioned no names, but warned three times in his speech about politicians who exploit anxiety for personal gain.
“Faced with citizens’ anxiety, we have a choice to make. Do we exploit that anxiety or do we allay it? Exploiting it is easy, but, in order to allay it, we need to be prepared to answer some very direct questions,” Trudeau said. “What will create the good well-paying jobs that people want need and deserve? What will strengthen and grow the middle class and help those working hard to join it?”
Trudeau cast his Liberal government’s spending-heavy program as a form of alleviating anxiety — with its infrastructure plan, which, he says, will create middle-class jobs.
The alternative, he suggests, means exploiting anxiety and fostering fear.
“We need to focus on what brings us together, not on what divides us,” he said. “We believe we should confront anxiety with a clear plan to deal with its root causes.
“What is the alternative? To turn it into fear and blame. To reject others, because they look or speak or pray differently than we do?”
His message is similar to that of U.S. President Barack Obama, who defended globalization, denounced walls between nations and argued for policies that allow working people to experience the benefits of the global economy. (Source: Toronto Star)