Just when one thought that the Trudeau Liberals may have gone a week or so without being a major embarrassment to those who voted fo them, the CBC News reports that “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to vow that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion “will be built,” his government’s summer jobs program is funding a position with an activist group working to stop the project … [given that] … A call for applications for an “organizing assistant,” posted online by the non-profit group Dogwood B.C., says the job involves working to help the group’s network “stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.” It notes the position is funded by the federal Canada Summer Jobs Program.“
But it’s not just this government … “according to the organization receiving the funding, this kind of political push-and-pull is nothing new … [and] … Dogwood B.C. said it has received funding for such positions since 2010, under both the Trudeau and Stephen Harper governments. The organization even got the funding when it was fighting the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, which Harper supported.” It just doesn’t make political sense to deny summer job funding to groups that are out trying to “save the environment,” does it?
Well, at least it didn’t until Prime Minister Trudeau decided to impose his own political morality on the process by insisting that those applying for funding had to sign an attestation conforming that they believed as he insists all good Liberals must believe; in the process he drove some organizations which had, in the past, taken no stance on the issues, away because they were unwilling to adopt a formal, public pro-choice positions.
It will not be surprising to see Conservatives, like Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer, using this for political propaganda …
… not surprising, but a little sad given that the programme is one which aims to provide summer work for young people and has been, broadly, popular with and used by the Bloq, Conservatives, Greens, Liberals and the NDP, alike.
It is, I think, a reflection of Justin Trudeau the (immature) man who insists that he is always right, no matter what … even when he is, quite clearly, wrong or even when his notions defy common sense. This is another case of “this is right because I believe it’s right and I’ll take on anyone who disagrees with me …”
… now, it is important to remember that ill-considered statement (reflecting, I suspect, a messy, immature mind) was based on a defensible idea …
… defensible, not, necessarily, correct. But the notion that all citizens must be equal, at and under the law, in very respect, is defensible and given that a native born Canadian cannot be deprived of her or his citizenship for even the most heinous crime, then why is it OK to deprive a naturalized citizen of that status just because (s) he did something wrong? he understood a problem but he, being immature, was unable to reason his way through to a logical, philosophically consistent solution so he resorted to ” my way or the highway.”
That’s what’s happening here: Team Trudeau‘s constant mantra is that Justin Trudeau is never wrong … it’s just that evil Conservatives pick on him and misrepresent what he says … now, it appears that the attestation may not reappear in 2019, at least not in its current form, but, short of an (unlikely) judicial order it will not be changed because to make any change might suggests that Justin Trudeau was wrong and that cannot happen.
This, like the free trip to the Aga Khan’s private island and the trip to India is just another gift that keeps on giving … it is a political self inflicted wound caused by having a leader who is, still, after two years in office, “just not ready.”