FERNANDO: We're Not 'All In This Together'

“We’re All In This Together” Has Been The Biggest Lie Of The Pandemic Crisis

By Spencer Fernando, Exclusive to the National Citizens Coalition


You’ve heard it over and over again:

“We’re all in this together.”

It’s a nice line, that is meant to convey a sense that each of us is going through this China Virus pandemic crisis as a team.

However, it has turned out to be the biggest lie of this entire crisis, with politicians wielding it to mask the true reality:

We aren’t in this together at all.

Let’s just consider a few things:

If you’re a small business owner, you have likely been shut down if politicians deemed you ‘non-essential,’ while big box stores (many of them foreign-owned), have been allowed to stay open.

If you’re an employee for a small business, there’s a good chance you are out of work, or have lost significant pay, but if you’re a politician, your pay and benefits have been unaffected. In fact, if you’re a politician, there’s a good chance you got a raise this year.

If you’re an Indigenous Canadian on a community without clean drinking water, you’re forced to wait even longer for basic infrastructure, after the Liberal government broke their promise on boil water advisories. But, if you’re running a foreign institution, you’re raking in the money after the Liberals announced yet another $485 million would be sent outside our country.

If you are anyone other than a politician, and the government thinks you violated a new restriction, you can be fined and even threatened with jail, but if you’re a politician (perhaps the federal health minister), and you violate the rules, you just get to make up a BS excuse and move on without consequences.

So no, we are not all in this together.

We are witnessing an historic transfer of wealth away from the majority of Canadians, and into the pockets of the political and corporate elites.

All the decisions on what businesses will be shut down, and which will be allowed to continue operating, have been made by people who are not impacted by those decisions.

People are having their livelihoods wiped out by politicians collecting steady and guaranteed paycheques.

As if that wasn’t insulting enough, the very same people who are profiting during this pandemic are the ones seeking to exploit it to reshape our lives and ‘reimagine’ everything.

And, it just so happens that their idea of ‘reimagining’ and ‘resetting’ everything involves convincing us to accept a lower standard of living, with ever-increasing taxes. The very same taxes that will be devastating for most Canadians, won’t even be noticed by those at the top.

After all, Trudeau will likely travel the world once he’s done being PM, and may feel no need to spend much time in Canada. Once he establishes his reputation as having ‘done something’ to ‘save the world’ by ramping up taxes on Canadians, he’ll be welcomed at all the right events and galas, while the rest of us will have to deal with the damage.

We would all prefer to live in a world where we could actually believe our leaders when they say things like “we’re all in this together,” but this crisis has shown it simply isn’t true.

There is far too big a gap between those who make decisions, and those who are impacted by them. And the larger that gap grows, the less democratic our country becomes.

Just consider how much goodwill our leaders could have gotten if they voluntarily took a 25% pay cut this year. Given all the extra perks politicians get, they wouldn’t even have noticed it, and it would make it so much easier for people to truly feel we are all on the same team.

But they couldn’t even bring themselves to do that.

They simply didn’t.

And that speaks not only to how out-of-touch they have become, but how arrogant they have become. They truly do not see themselves as public ‘servants,’ but as ‘rulers,’ as if we should be so grateful to have them in charge.

That is the attitude that we must defeat.

The entitlement, the arrogance, the lust for power, all of those things are corroding our democracy and dividing our society, and it will continue to happen until we stop letting those in power get away with it.

Spencer Fernando is one of the most popular and prolific political voices in Canada. He is a Campaign Fellow for the National Citizens Coalition. For more from Spencer, visit his website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter

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