As we go through life, it's important to have a cause or causes that we really believe in. We define ourselves in what we fight for and what we fight against.
While there are many crusaders in this country that fight for noble causes, I've narrowed the subject matter in this blog to only politicians.
Two that are closest to my heart are Paul Martin's fight against Canada's deficit during the 1990s and Elijah Harper's fight against the Meech Lake Accord in the late 1980s.
Martin also fought against the Americanization of Canada's banks during the 90s and this helped us to weather the 2008 financial crisis better than other nations.
Canada's native people got a huge shot in the arm after Elijah Harper's stand against Meech Lake.
Some may say, that the greatest crusader of all time was Tommy Douglas who created Medicare in Saskatchewan which lead to Universal Medicare in Canada. He was voted the top Canadian of the 20th century in a CBC poll.
Despite having a minority government, PM Lester Pearson fought for and won a distinctive flag for Canada.
In 1964, I remember him campaigning for the Canada Pension Plan in our high school, Barrie North Collegiate. The CPP went on to become one of the stablest pension plans in the world.
The next Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, fought against Quebec separation and helped create a Canadian constitution that included multiculturalism within its text.
In the 1980s, PM Brian Mulroney obtained a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, that started the ball rolling towards a more liberalized trade atmosphere in the world.
There are many threats to prosperity and well-being in the world.
In Ontario, this is the deficit and Metrolinx's Big Move which I've discussed in many blog entries.
Hopefully, an Ontario party leader will come forward with a master plan to deal with the issues that trouble us now and in the future.