Sunday, July 24, 2005

Howard Dean is in Toronto

I just noticed on ATLA's schedule that former Democrat Party candidate (and now DNC Chair) Howard Dean is giving a speech here in Toronto. I wonder what his thoughts are on the state of Canada these days (sorry, bad pun). From his campaign, it seemed like he must look at this country with envy. We have universal health care, an educated middle class, a strong social support system, a society that values education and it's safe. At least, that's how he might see things.

However, if Dr. Dean actually asked a local Torontonian about the state of this country they would probably say that our health care system is in shambles, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, our support systems is constantly being abused and we're safe right now but we're still a target for terrorism. And Dean might rebut these claims and say that while they all may be true, the situation is worse in the United States.

I hope Dean gets the chance to talk to Canadians. We can learn a lot from the dialogue and from the different perspectives.


At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Howard Dean stays here. His politics -- social liberal, fiscal conservative -- are de rigeur in Canada, but hopelessly out of fashion down South. He also has charisma, something our politicians desperately lack. If only he'd been born 300 kilometers north...


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