Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a rough time. The charm of his hair, silly socks and boyish grin has diminished. He’s been heckled, drowned out by a megaphone, shunned by visitors in the House of Commons and had the core of his character shredded by a respected First Nations leader.
VIDEO: [RISE CANADA] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is drowned out by hecklers during a major housing announcement in Toronto. [Apr. 5, 2019]
Then Conservative Party opposition leader Andrew Scheer laughed at him. When Trudeau threatened to sue him for doing what opposition leaders are elected to do, he just said ‘bring it on.’
Every fire Trudeau starts, becomes an inferno when he tries to douse it with more gas.
Heaven forbid we should relish another person’s wretchedness.
Yet, after Trudeau’s arrogant posturing to Canadians, the compassion-bank is on ‘low.’ Trudeau’s unwavering lack of compassion or comprehension for ordinary Canadians has just been too hard to take.
Example: At a town hall meeting last year, severely disabled retired 1 PPCLI Cpl. Brock Blaszczyk, who lost a leg serving in Afghanistan, asked Trudeau why he’s not making good on a campaign promise to veterans that they’d never have to fight the government for benefits. Instead, Ottawa had launched a multi-million-dollar legal battle against them. ‘Why?’ he asked, standing proudly on what was left of his remaining leg.
Apparently unmoved, Trudeau remained perched on his stool and flippantly said: “They’re asking for more than we are able to give right now.”
If that seems disrespectful, it’s because it was.
Then in February, a convoy of United We Roll truckers set out from Red Deer for Ottawa to tell the prime minister how carbon taxes were threatening their livelihoods, and ask him to get pipelines going. Trudeau’s response to Canadians worried about losing their homes and feeding their children?
He ignored them.
Having dissed veterans and energy workers, it was the turn of the Indigenous people he affects to favour.
There at a swish gathering of Liberal big donors, were some folks from an aboriginal community.
One shouted: “People in Grassy Narrows are suffering from mercury poisoning. You committed to addressing this crisis.”
Trudeau’s stunningly smug reaction: “Thank you for being here. Thank you very much for your donation tonight. I really appreciate the donation to the Liberal Party of Canada.”
Equally disturbing? His remarks were met with laughter and applause from fellow Liberals at the $1,500-a-ticket event.
Sadly for Trudeau, ignoring and insulting Canadians doesn’t make them go way.
Neither does trying to destroy political careers. No matter what tactic he uses, it fuels controversy over a political interference scandal.
In January, Trudeau booted Jody Wilson-Raybould from her Attorney General of Canada post and shifted her to Minister of Veterans Affairs.
She resigned from the latter position in February. Wilson-Raybould had refused to buckle to pressure to prevent the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Quebec-based construction giant faces prosecution over allegations that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain government business in Libya from 2001-2011.
In March, Treasury Board President Jane Philpott resigned from cabinet citing the need to abide by her “core values, ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations.”
Finally, Trudeau kicked both of them out of Liberal caucus. Virtue its own reward? How about integrity its own downfall?
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip nailed it. As president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, he swiftly reacted to the expulsion of Wilson-Raybould from caucus.
“He’s toast, absolutely toast. Once again Mr. Trudeau has demonstrated his arrogance and did absolutely the worst thing he could possibly do. There’s going to be an enormous backlash across the country in terms of Indigenous people.”
Phillip had already called Trudeau a “liar” guilty of “gross hypocrisy,” in February. Now he slammed the “coordinated effort” of anonymous comments that attacked Wilson-Raybould’s character as problematic and untrustworthy.
Phillip said the negative whisper campaign on the heels of her damning revelations only succeeded in making Trudeau’s camp look racist and sexist.
So it was no surprise that last week, about 50 members of the Daughters of the Vote delegation turned their backs on Trudeau, as he addressed them in the House of Commons.
Trudeau carried on speaking about “multiple voices we have to listen to” and diversity only working if there is “trust” and the importance of being part of a “team” and “moving forward” when trust is broken. Some Daughters walked out.
I suppose there wasn’t much else to be done.
Then a few days ago, he found he couldn’t even get love, giving away $1.3 billion.
Trying to make an affordable-housing announcement, he was heckled by yellow-vest protesters with a megaphone, shouting “communist” and “traitor,” and accusing him of pandering to minorities and the United Nations.
All a bit like what they said to his father years ago, actually. Anyway, the message was lost.
And now, opposition leader Scheer’s casual dismissal of his threat to sue…
Certainly, Scheer accused Trudeau of political interference and corrupt conduct over the SNC-Lavalin affair, which is the kind of thing opposition critics say.
But, this could backfire. How Scheer would love to have Trudeau proceed, so that his defence could call for evidence and have Trudeau and friends testify about the SNC-Lavalin affair under oath in court.
Said Scheer: “If Mr. Trudeau believes he has a case against me, I urge him to follow through on his threat immediately.”
(Meanwhile the party fundraisers, never ones to miss a trick, are urging party faithful to contribute to the Andrew Scheer Defence Fund…)
None of this will end well for Trudeau.
On April 9 Philpott rose in the House of Commons to state Trudeau broke the law and violated the rights of both her and Wilson-Raybould when he turfed them from caucus. Philpott cited the Reform Act, which calls for a vote to expel members.
Liberal caucus members who rallied behind Trudeau to dump their former colleagues, didn’t vote.
Looking beyond Trudeau’s accomplishments – the anti-Islamophobia motion that stifles free speech; the Cannabis Act Bill C-45 that isn’t delivering the promised Utopia; a national energy plan that propelled Alberta into crisis – there’s one area he really needs to work on.
That would be his inability to properly respond to Canadians. Trudeau rode in on a wave in 2015 and was freely handed trust and respect. Both are severely eroded.
During the campaign, former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ads warned: “He’s just not ready.”
Almost four years later, Trudeau is still not ready.
Harper came close. But it was never about being ready. It was always about character. It’s just that then it wasn’t obvious. Now, you can’t miss it.