Monday, September 12, 2011

Challenging the politics of division - part III

This is a very clever 90 seconds. McGuinty is articulating a moral view here, of what Ontario is about and what he believes, in continued response to Tim Hudak's divisive attack on the tax credit for businesses to hire skilled new Canadians.

Just to break it down a bit here, the proposition that we are all in this together, that we want to move forward together is at the heart of what McGuinty is saying. He portrays Hudak as a divider, dividing Ontarians into different groups. He says that Tim Hudak's referencing of "foreign workers" and calling new Canadians "foreigners" is not part of our values as Canadians, that it's not in keeping with who we are. Further, that Hudak is compromising our international reputation. That we want to be a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world to come to, so we can grow our economy and create jobs "for all of us." He goes on to bookend it with his statement that in Ontario there is no us and them, it's just us.

He's not getting hung up in the details of policy. It's all about a progressive moral view.

And I know people may be rolling their eyes out there and thinking this is total homer stuff. It's not really about that. It's about the language in play here and how this is a good thing to be hearing from progressive politicians in Canada.

See also:

Challenging the politics of division
Challenging the politics of division - part II