So, for the last 18 months or so I’ve been wondering if it’s just me who sees Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an über-entitled, vacuous, self indulgent twerp. It appears that Parliament’s Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson and many editorialists have arrived at similar conclusions. I do not believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is corrupt but he might well be violation §121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code which prohibits any government official from taking benefits from someone who has business dealings with the government. The Ethics Commissioner said that “In my view there was clear evidence that there was official business between the Government of Canada and the Aga Khan when the invitation … was accepted …” and so on. The prime minister may not be corrupt, but he looks corrupt and that may be as bad.
I think that Justin Trudeau honestly (I guess that’s the right word) believed that he, as prime minister, as a rich kid, as a Trudeau, is above the petty rules that are supposed to guide the rest of us along the straight and narrow. After all, some of the rules he broke ~ like accepting a ride on the Aga Khan’s helicopter rather than hiring one on the government’s dime ~ should have been very clear to anyone and everyone in his entourage. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that Team Trudeau simply doesn’t care about the “rules.” Now, in fairness to the prime minister, I have no doubt that the Aga Khan is, indeed, an old family friend … although some accounts suggest that he and the prime minister were not in regular contact until after Justin Trudeau became leader of the Liberal Party and, therefore, might be in a position to be useful to the Aga Khan. But this is easy for the media and the opposition to “spin” into a scandal and that is what both like to do … remember Bev Oda’s $16.00 glass of orange juice in Paris? Both the media and the opposition will be in full “howl” over this, and, in part they should be because it does seems, as Andrew Scheer says, to be part of a pattern … a pattern that suggests that the Trudeau Liberals don’t need to follow the rules that guide mere mortals.I asked, early on in this government’s term, if the Trudeaus are a bit “tone deaf.” There is, it seems to me, a sort of imperiousness in Liberal Ottawa and I think that is a political mistake which may cost the prime minister dearly in 2019. It was, if you’ll recall, the suggestion (the facts only came later) of Liberal corruption that sealed Paul Martin’s fate in 2004/05, well before the 20016 election … it wasn’t just about Jean Chrétien, Chuck Guité and Jacques Corriveau who were blamed … the whole Liberal brand was dirtied for a decade.
The upshot, of course, was that Paul Martin, who called the Gomery Inquiry, was punished for exposing Liberal corruption.
Many conservatives believe, almost as an article of faith, that the mainstream media is biased in favour of the Liberals or, at least, against the Conservatives. I don’t agree. Some, even much of the media, thing, for example of the Sun chain of papers and the National Post and some independent, non-traditional but popular media commentators are solidly anti-Trudeau.
Politically this has come during a more or less traditional “break” in the news cycle ~ it’s Christmas and the House is in recess and so on. But an astute Conservative “machine” can keep this alive and can add it to e.g. Bill Morneau, Kent Hehr and the enormous, bloated “delegations” that jet around the world with Catherine McKenna and dine in five star restaurants on the taxpayers’ dime. There is more than just “sizzle” here, there is real meat for the opposition and the media. This is a “values” issue and it can work for the Conservatives because I’m pretty sure, now, that it’s not just me who thinks that Justin Trudeau needs to go, for the good of Canada and for the good of the Liberal Party of Canada.