Canadians showed their generous spirit this week, while politicians showed the opposite

By: Candice Malcolm

It’s been a tough week for Canadians, but we got through it together. Following last Friday’s devastating news that the Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a transport truck on its way to playoff game in rural Saskatchewan, our country remains in mourning. As the heartbreaking details emerged, Canadians united together, offering love, support and tributes to the Humboldt community and all effected by this tragedy.

We left our hockey sticks on the porch, wore our jerseys to work on Thursday, and donated to a GoFundMe campaign for the victims and families – raising over $10 million in less than one week. Sadly, another member of the team – trainer Dayna Brons, 25 – succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the bus crash, bringing the total loss of life to 16. 

As Canadians untied together over our love of hockey and the country tried to make sense of this heartbreaking accident, our political leaders continued to play cynical games that threaten our national unity. Kinder Morgan announced it would cease additional funding towards the Trans Mountain pipeline, in response to the BC NDP government’s alliance with radical environmentalists holding the project hostage.

Trudeau’s response was all talk and no action. After his government held an “emergency meeting” to come up with a plan, Trudeau took a personal day on Wednesday, and on Thursday he hopped on a plane for another 10-day international junket. Hope and hard work?

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, meanwhile, tried to flip the page away from her failed approach to pipelines by bringing on a divisive abortion debate in the Alberta legislature. She then accused United Conservative leader Jason Kenney of “mansplaining” – a social justice warrior term that tries to silence men and delegitimize their views. Identity politics at its finest!

Canadians showed their generous spirit and love of country this week. Meanwhile, our politicians showed the opposite, and let us all down.

Our hearts go out to the members of the Humboldt Broncos organization, both those recovering in hospital, and those already playing hockey in heaven – may they rest in eternal peace.

Captain Logan Schatz, 20

Adam Herold, 16

Evan Thomas, 18

Logan Hunter, 18

Parker Tobin, 18

Jacob Leicht, 19

Jaxon Joseph, 20

Logan Boulet, 21

Stephen Wack, 21

Connor Lukan, 21

Brody Hinz, 18

Dayne Brons, 25

Mark Cross, 27

Tyler Bieber, 29

Glen Doerksen, 59

Coach Darcy Haugan, 42