Or have the Liberals, suddenly, gone tone deaf?
First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “did the right thing” by not rushing off to Fort McMurray to “see” the fires and, thereby, actually hamper the work of the brave fire chief and his team … BUT Rona Ambrose stole his thunder by going to Edmonton and helping out in the serving line, feeding the “refugees” while he stayed home with Sophie and the nannies …
Next, Prime Minister Trudeau introduced quite unnecessary electoral reform legislation but has decided that a lopsided (based on the results of First Past The Post distribution) commons committee will recommend (decide) a new system rather than going to a national referendum. This has got most of the media very upset …
- The Globe and Mail;
- The Ottawa Citizen; and
- CBC News, just for examples ~ all the other media comment I saw was equally negative.
Why, even Jeffrey Simpson, who is, ordinarily, something of a cheerleader for Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberals weighed in … against his plan.
The PM sent his undistinguished but telegenic Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef out to defend the indefensible. The simple fact, and I assert it is a fact, is that a brilliant campaign promise, one that I believe contributed to shifting many NDP votes to the Liberals and, also, bringing many young Canadians out to vote for the Liberals cannot be implemented, as promised, before the next election, except by using partisan, political, hardball tactics and forcing something down Canadians’ throats that really ought to be decided only after a referendum. But this is the Kathleen Wynne (read Butts and Telford) style, isn’t it?
And despite the faces we see on the government’s front bench, and there are some very good, very competent faces there I think we must all agree that the government, per se, is a very small, very closed shop based on just a very, very few big ideas.
Prime Minister Trudeau is on the wrong side of this issue and I suspect (just hope?) it is a “loser” and will, somehow, need to be tossed aside.
Then, as if his
government campaign team hadn’t done enough by being outmanoeuvred by Ms Ambrose and been found guilty of seriously underestimating an important issue, we got the “Sophie eruption …”
… that has produced a veritable firestorm of protest on social media and considerable scorn in the mainstream media, too …
… a CTV Ottawa Poll of over 5,00 people asked “Do you agree that Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau needs more support to fulfill her duties?” 88% (over 4,800 respondents) said “No!“
We are six months into the Trudeau regime’s term in office. It (the PMO and the cabinet) deserved the benefit of the doubt while it was learning the ropes, but I’m beginning to sense that Canadians can see that there is a huge difference between the “change” for which millions of Canadians really hoped …
… and the cynical, entitled, backroom manipulation politics that is all too familiar: