Outlook 2024: The Culture Wars Will Go On
What does 2024 hold for Canadians? There is the economy. For most of us, that means, "Do I have a
job?" and "Does it pay enough?". Seniors on fixed incomes struggle with rising
There is tax. We pay a lot of it. We despair as we know our government does not
wisely and fairly manage our tax dollars.
There will be no tax cuts in 2024.
Young people at the stage of leaving home
don't imagine owning a home or having a family, as did their parents'
generation, because we have entered the new economy of 2024 and things don't
seem to point that way anymore.
Economically, the New Year means
understanding new, emerging financial trends. Since the Bank of Canada's interest rate acts
like a thermostat for how hot the economy and inflation run, the current 5%
central rate is going to stay around for quite a while to moderate the
consequences of the Liberal’s bad spending habits. Many Canadians will be required to renew their
mortgages in 2024 at higher interest rates, forcing them to cut back on
expenses elsewhere. Some will be forced
to sell. There will be payment shock for
Meanwhile, average Canadians will continue
to bear the cost while the government repeats the tired old political
shibboleth, "We have your back." Socially, our society seems to be at war with
itself. It's almost a contest to
denounce one another for the latest invented social misdemeanor. Everyone else must be politically correct,
while those who shout the loudest and call down others have little
We hear “diversity is our strength”, a
slippery phrase indeed that is used to open the door of permission for every
excess imaginable. The tried and true,
“unity is our strength to face adversity,” has been replaced like unfashionable
clothes, dumped in the bin.
And there's modern technology. The Internet and social media have great
benefits, hope, and promise. We all now carry a cell phone which is our
personal computer, connecting us to the world of both opportunity and
degradation. But social media has
unleashed the dark side of human nature, where every sin imaginable is
advertised, where conspiracies are invented each week, and so-called news is
distrusted and discounted as propaganda.
And here's the bad news: As the Canadian
culture war continues, nothing will change in 2024. Alas, humanity has been here before. We recall the “society of lies” that was the
daily existence in the old Soviet Union. No one dared speak the truth for fear of
social and economic consequences. We are
aware of the layered social discourse within a dictatorship, where everyone
lies and special information is its currency, to be traded and manipulated for
Pravda (Truth) in the USSR was the most
pervasive lying newspaper in history. But in Canada during the year to come, we will
see a continuation in that downward direction, where traditional news media
organizations increasingly rely on government financial largesse and become
even less trusted by citizens.
The cacophony of the newsy independents
will mix truth with speculation and expand their private followers
(subscribers) who regurgitate their bias, excluding most non-conforming
opinions. People will pay to hear what
they want to hear.
Canada in 2024 will also struggle with
national unity. The deluge of
information or social noise will cause some to withdraw and cocoon to a more
comfortable social zone that seems comprehensible. It could be observed as the modern style of
tribalism, where an identifiable group becomes somewhat isolated and
autonomous, where outsiders have little awareness of their neighbour’s social
Politicians will seek out every obscure
group to establish an apparent special connection. There will be more 'special days,'
'commemorative weeks,' and 'theme months' proclaimed by the political class, to
the degree that few will pay any attention. This 'divide-then-claim' will increase in
At the international level, the World
Economic Forum will continue to promote “The Great Reset Agenda” where the
self-righteous will deride Canadian governance.
Additionally, COP (Conference of the
Parties) is an international political climate meeting held each year by the
United Nations, designed to cajole nations to prevent supposed human-caused
interference with the climate. COP29
climate talks in 2024 will be in a city where one of the world’s first oil
fields developed 1,200 years ago: Baku, Azerbaijan. The focus is to eliminate fossil fuels. Protests and civil engagement will take center
stage, in a nation with restrictions on free speech, and Canada will have to
deal with the infuriation of this spectacle.
And so, 2024 will be a year of choice for
Canadians. Our personal hopes as well as
our national character will be challenged. In 2024, democracy will be under attack. The system of government that allows people to
choose their leaders and hold them accountable is facing pressures around the
world. Many countries are having
elections, with four that could have a global impact.
The most watched will be the presidential
race in the United States. Another key
election will be in India, the world's largest democracy. The impact of these elections on geopolitics,
and global business will be enormous, shaping the priorities of some of the
world's largest and most influential economies.
Taiwan will continue to be a flashpoint for
US-China relations with the its election challenging China. The election in Indonesia, the world's largest
Muslim-majority country and a rising economic power will be a test of its
democratic resilience and its role in Southeast Asia. The impact of these elections on geopolitics
and society will be enormous.
The slowdown in China, the world’s
second-largest economy and the largest trading partner of many countries and
regions will be a 2024 concern. China is
facing multiple problems such as an aging population, high unemployment among
younger workers, declining productivity, and environmental and real estate
In 2024, democracy will be under stress, as
authoritarian leanings will seek to make a mark in upcoming elections in
response to poor governance. Populist
movements will challenge the malaise of established institutions. The global economy will face multiple
“Peace, order and good government” is our
national guidepost. It is our historical
definition of how Canadians see ourselves, both personally and for our nation. It is the Canadian counterpart to the American
“life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and the French “liberty, equality,
In 2024, we will likely have the
opportunity to choose “good government” to replace the present dismal failure
at the national level. We must learn the
good governance of self, while we choose our national destiny. We must put our personal lives in order, to
better face life’s adversity, as we demand order rather than hypocrisy from our
Peace in 2024 may seem elusive. Some seek personal peace and satisfaction
through self-indulgence or substance abuse. We also observe those who have little inner
peace, are the ones who disturb the public peace. With wars and rumours of war, the world needs
peace. Blessed are the peacemakers. We understand real peace is more than the
absence of conflict or cultural noise. It is a presence deep within.
Writing to his youthful follower Timothy
nearly 2,000 years ago, the great Apostle Paul said, "For God has not
given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and
self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
So, we must put our personal lives in order
and choose wisely, so that we may engage the challenges of 2024.