Castro and Trudeau: A Famous, but also Fraught Friendship
Fidel Castro, Pierre Trdueau, Canada, Cuba
Eleven Weeks that Shook the Nation
Canadian federal election of 2015, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper
The Enigmatic El Comandante
Fidel Castro, Cuba
Robert Wright, Toronto Historian
At the Charlevoix summit, PM Justin Trudeau has made global plastic pollution a cause du jour, even though none of the world's biggest plastic polluters belong to the G7.
Why doesn't the prime minister just invite these idealistic young demonstrators back to the G7 compound to hash out the whole global-capitalism thing with President Trump's entourage? They seem like nice kids.
Canadians have internalized the eco-alarmist messaging that has dominated our public discourse for decades, while participating guiltily in an inherited techno-capitalist culture of convenience, status-acquisition, and pleasure.
Canadians have this week borne witness to two examples of historical erasure, one disturbing, the other edifying.
© Robert Wright, 2018.