“Build Back Better” Might Not Be Sufficient

The C D Howe Institute in Toronto published an Intelligence Memo by William White on 14 April. He suggests that at least four of the global systems needed for human survival and progress are showing signs of extreme stress. Our market based economic system, the environmental system, our democratic political systems and our public health systems are all in danger. Since the underlying problems must be dealt with urgently and simultaneously, “build back better” seems inadequate as a clarion call for action. Canada has certainly contributed to the development of these global problems but, by taking appropriate measures to address them speedily at the national level, Canada might encourage other nations to do the same.