A timely warning for Prime Minister Trudeau

Over time I have wondered if the Liberals were a bit “tone deaf” when it came to understanding that they are not “entitled to their entitlements,” but I could not be outraged by wasting parliament’s time nor could I join in the fake outrage over the Trudeau government’s handling of the murder of two Canadians by Abu Sayyaf, and I’m no more outraged over Health Minister Jane Philpott’s limo (or, maybe not a real limo, depending on who is trying to spin which story) than I was by Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice. But they all point to one troubling problem that I did address back in April when I said that he, but I was referring to both John F Kennedy and Justin Trudeau, “surrounded himself, à la a Sun King, with courtiers, reflections of himself, rather than with seasoned people, people with “bottom,”

Monte Solberg, a pretty seasoned political professional and a fair man, too, offers Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers some excellent advice: “stay grounded” he says, in a ‘field note’ on NewsHub Nation.

The public notices “excess” and it disapproves. Joe and Jane Voter would love to have a $16 FL559F2the-double-decker-bus-in-the-point-of-departure-on-peel-photo_1504607-fit468x296glass of freshly squeezed orange juice when they travel, but the Econolodge doesn’t offer that; ditto for a limo ride, but they settle for a tour bus when they go somewhere new. They don’t expect ministers, on business, to use the subway or to stay at a budget motel, but they do, as Mr Solberg says, want RESPECT for their hard earned dollars and the prime minister’s household staff and Ms Philpott’s limo rides, like Ms Oda’s OJ, show a lack of respect.

Aaron Wherry, in CBC News, offers a similar warning:

Small failures in the pursuit of big things

“Small things,” he writes, “can add up to a big thing. And perhaps the worst possibility is that the small things comes to seem indicative of something inherent to the government: arrogance or carelessness or mismanagement..

This is a government committed to spending and doing big things. So it might not want to reinforce the idea that it can’t be trusted to spend and act responsibly.

And presumably some number of mistakes will be made in the process of doing the big things.

“We know that you do not expect us to be perfect,” Trudeau wrote last fall, neatly preparing the country for inevitable disappointment, “but you expect us to work tirelessly, and to be honest, open, and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

But the impossibility of perfection does not quite excuse all missteps. And stalking this government are its own ambitious promises and its commitment to doing things differently. 

Promises might not be kept, actions might go awry, the new House leader might have to use time allocation. What then?

Big things go in the history books, but small failures can grind away.

It is unlikely to be foreign or defence policy, not legalizing pot (or not), and not eliminating First Past The Post voting that will make Canadians want to “throw the rascals out” ~ which is what we, Canadians, do, in elections, far more often that voting for someone or something ~ it is failing to show proper respect.

Be warned, Prime Minister Trudeau, little things matter, too.

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