Justin Trudeau modified his COVID-19 recovery plan this week. Rather than “bold,” the prime minister said the government’s fall agenda will instead be “ambitious” and “responsible,” which might be the most creative union of contradictory ideas since some politicians fused “progressive” with “conservative” in 1942.
The Ottawa commentariat determined that Trudeau was reacting to a backlash against the notion of using the pandemic as an excuse to accelerate the shift to a carbon-free economy and overhaul the welfare state.
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Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and other ministers have stopped characterizing the COVID crisis as a terrible thing to waste, and instead focused on the present danger of a mysterious virus that is still killing people. Green New Deals and new New Deals will take a backseat to public health and the quest for a vaccine.
As they should. You recover from a blizzard by first removing the snow as quickly as possible.