In his campaign, Macron was able to strike a progressive pose -- especially with Marine Le Pen as a debating partner. More will be known about his priorities once he assumes presidential office.
On the economic issues of how wealth is produced and distributed, the social democratic left in the U.K., France and Germany have bought into the "globalization is good" agenda promoted by the right.
New Nova Scotia NDP leader Gary Burrill seems like a thoughtful progressive who embraces what he calls "social investment" in the economy.
The new approach to election debates strips off the national component and boutiques the process, bringing us one step closer to the neoliberalization of Canada's electoral process.
Politics as usual are not working in Nova Scotia. We face acute economic, demographic and environmental problems. But solutions must be based in progressive values, not in accelerating neoliberalism.