But now we are on the cusp of an election campaign … many would say that we are deeply into it, already, and Prime Minister Trudeau and many of his ministers are travelling the country, on the taxpayer’s dime, to campaign … oh, I’m sure there is just enough official business (does 15 minutes in 72 hours suffice?) to assure the toothless ethics commissioner that the trip is “official government business,” but it must be plain to see that the Trudeau Liberals are campaigning at public expense even as the new rules that they introduced restrict campaign spending by political parties limit what the other parties can do in the pre-writ period. The Liberal Party can live, happily, with these rules because, as we call all see, day after day, a sitting government can circumvent them easily.
We know that prior to the last election millions and millions of foreign dollars were channelled through some Canadian anti-Conservative groups and as many as 25 Conservatives were defeated in the 29 ridings that one organization, using US money, targetted. Is it happening again?
More recently we have Liberal strategist Rob Silver, the husband of Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, retweeting a post that had already been shown to be absolutely false and that aimed to discredit Andrew Scheer. Mr Silver removed the fake news post … but only after it had done its work.
Then I sew, on CBC News, that “Newly released documents show senior government officials were advised to “bring the focus back to the majority” — instead of on diversity values — in public communications to counter the threat of populism in Canada.” The civil service, in other words, is being conscripted into the Liberal campaign.
And, most recently, the Hill Times reports that Team Trudeau is doing an end-run around the Liberals Party’s own rules to allow them to nominate 100 candidates without the fuss and bother of a nomination and a democratic debate process and without the input of the local riding executive and the Liberal voters. Even the Liberal Party cannot trust the Trudeau Liberals. This stinks of a combination of cronyism and desperation.
All-in-all, it adds up to an attempt by the Liberal Party of Canada to subvert democracy in Canada … because they cannot win the 2019 election on either Justin Trudeau’s record of abysmal failure, or his reputation, which is in tatters because of serious ethical lapses and a bungled term in office. They have no choice but to try to buy and steal the election … and now, at least, I am outraged.