With the worst of the epidemic and the potential economic disaster of Brexit ahead, Britons can only hope that PM Johnson can trade his populist mentality for something approaching constructive statesmanship.
The implications of the current crisis are unknowable, but there is a school of thought this upheaval will lead to a re-examination of this mentality, with an eye to rebuilding more generous social structures.
There's speculation over how the U.S. election will be handled in the age of the pandemic. The prevailing view is that the president would not be able legally to postpone the vote, although, with Trump, who knows?
How all this will play out as this current crisis unfolds is, of course, unknowable. But what is clear is that one day some months from now, we will wake up to a world marked by huge changes.
The economic and social repercussions of this historic struggle will likely be felt for years. But in Canada, as elsewhere, the legacy of leaders at all levels will be shaped by their ability to rise to this event.
The contest is already shaping up as the ugliest, most surreal, and out-of-bounds campaign in modern times.
Barring a miraculous containment of COVID-19, it looks like it will take more than a round of rate cuts by central banks to significantly mitigate the onrushing economic crunch.
While MacKay’s and O’Toole’s tough talk may rev up the Conservative base, it’s not likely to build the wider support the party needs among Canadians.