Each of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letters to his Cabinet ministers on Dec. 13 opens with a blunt, frank assessment of Canada’s most existential crises.
The COVID-19 pandemic leads the pack (“Canadians…entrusted us to finish the fight against COVID-19”) but Trudeau weaves in the alarming effects of climate change (“…an existential threat”), the discovery of unmarked graves and burial sites at former residential schools (“…reconciliation cannot come without truth”), and Canada’s ongoing injustices (“…the profound systemic inequities and disparities that remain present in the core fabric of our society.”)
“Our platform lays out an ambitious agenda,” Trudeau writes. “While finishing the fight against the pandemic must remain our central focus, we must continue building a strong middle class and work towards a b
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