"Free the Children" was earnest and urgent. "WE" is vague, self-absorbed verging on self-indulgent, and unthreatening to anything or anyone.
Trudeau had a clear conflict of interest in the WE scandal, but it amounts more to an embarrassment than an outrage.
A little-discussed reason the federal government funds NGOs is to co-opt internationalist minded young people into aligning with Canadian foreign policy.
The government will try to tough it out, and hope a couple of apologies do the trick, even as more revelations about the deep involvement of the prime minister and his family with WE emerge.
The federal government has an opportunity to put more effective principles of community-ownership, youth empowerment, and intergenerational thinking in reshaping the Canada Student Service grant.
David J. Climenhaga
The persistence of the "big society" concept helps explain Justin Trudeau's preposterous claim the WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of running a nationwide program.