Many of the causes championed by “progressive” politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne are based on myths.
The myth that police are inherently racist, that income distribution is unfair, that the rich don’t pay their share of taxes, that a “green” energy future free of fossil fuels is just a wand-wave away, that higher taxes and deficit spending will grow the economy, that radical Islam is not a threat, that governments spend less on First Nations than on other Canadians, and so on, are all mostly wrong.
Like many myths, though, they are very powerful, especially in the age of social media where trendy ideas go viral almost instantly.
The problem with myths, though, is that if governments devise public policy based on them, they will never solve real problems. They will simply waste time and billions of tax dollars on social programs that will have little or no effect.