In all the fuss over the woes in the U.S., did we forget something?
The U.S. government shutdown has dominated the news cycle for much of the last week - prompting many of us in Canada to feel a little smug over our health care benefits and our elected representation...but should we be?
In his opening essay, Jian says we shouldn't be so quick to judge our friends to the south on their government shutdown.
"Maybe our government is not cataclysmically closed like the US government --our federal employees continue to receive their paycheques -- but let's not forget, that for the past few weeks, that our parliament has been prorogued. That is to say, the 308 lawmakers we elected to do their jobs haven't been around."
Parliamentarians are off the job until October 16
. For more context, check out this analysis piece by our colleague at CBC News Greg Weston: Prorogation starts countdown to the next election: Greg Weston
Have a listen and tell us what you think. Have you heard any Canadians speaking smugly about the ongoing impasse in the U.S.?