About a week ago I asked: “How low can they go?” I was referring to the Trudeau Liberal’s attempt to paper over the anti-Semitic remarks of one of their star candidates and, in fact, “to get [some] leaders of the Jewish community [to stand] behind him …[and then] … pull the rug out from under the feet of the Conservatives.” It was crude and cynical in the extreme. I didn’t think that sort of dirty politics had survived the 1950s.
I was wrong.
Gagan Sikand is the Liberal member of parliament for Mississauga—Streetsville, a constituency in the West of Toronto. He is amongst the most back-bench of all back-bench MPs. His own party seems to not trust him with much in the way of responsibility, he is a member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and is co-chair of Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.
But he was prompted to post this on social media:
This was, no doubt, prompted by Mr Scheer’s oft-repeated story of growing up in a row-house in middle-class Ottawa, but it’s a low blow and his assurances that …
… ring hollow, because mocking a struggling family is exactly what he did.
To quote from a Broadway and West End hit musical from the 1960s: “it’s no shame to be poor. But it’s no great honour, either.” Mr Scheer has been trying to convince Canadians that he, unlike Justin Trudeau, actually understands the middle-class because he was part of it. No doubt Mr Sikand was, too. At salaries ranging from $170,000± (for a “basic” back-bencher like Mr Sikand to $250,000± for Mr Scheer, I suspect that Canadians whose combined family incomes are less than $100,000 per year, might disagree because Statistics Canada says that the average income of an individual Canadians was only $46.700 in 2017 and the median income (half make more, half make less) was $35,000.
But, statistics aside, the latest Liberal low blow is likely to fail because it just gives Andrew Scheer more ammunition to use against Justin Trudeau and his minions. Worse, as Andrew Scheer says, it’s another thinly-veiled sneer at poor and middle-class Canadians by an elitist prime minister and his campaign team. Remember when Justin Trudeau shrugged off a plea for clean drinking water from an indigenous person, made at a Liberal fundraiser, by saying “thanks for your donation“? Sure, he apologized, a couple of days later, but the damage was done and Canadians could see, for themselves that Justin Trudeau and his team are smug, self-satisfied, elitists who neither know much nor care at all for working-class people.
Is this latest insult as low as they can go?
I doubt it. Now that the campaign is on, officially, I expect even worse, probably daily. The Trudeau Liberals have no shame … maybe that’s why they are still having trouble recruiting candidates.