A recent article in the Globe and Mail says that “Ethics is a key pain point for Mr. Trudeau. The Nanos data suggest that only about 17 per cent of Canadians believe Mr. Trudeau would be best at leading an ethical government, trailing both Elizabeth May (23 per cent) and Andrew Scheer (20 per cent). For Mr. Scheer, the Conservative campaign has been dogged by questions about abortion and social issues and the views of some Conservative candidates.” I find it mildly interesting that Jagmeet Singh isn’t even mentioned as a leadership choice, I had great hope for him when he burst on the scene. But oh, how the once-mighty NDP has fallen since 2015 when, in the early going, many pundits thought that Thomas Mulcair might even lead the party that Jack Layton built to power. I find it equally curious that anyone takes what Ms May says with any degree of seriousness. Her platform may, as John Ibbitson, writing in the Good Grey Globe says, be “breathtaking in its ambition” but that’s only because journalists, bored with a tied CPC-LPC race and even more bored with Justin Trudeau’s lack of ethics and phoney questions about Andrew Scheer and abortion and gay rights, refuse to ask her about the sheer folly of most of her proposals. The only thing “breathtaking” about Ms May’s plan is its (alcohol-induced?) stupidity … I expect she’ll get 10+% of the popular vote; I will not be shocked if she displaces the NDP as the third party in the house.
The real election, the one in which Maxime Bernier, Yves-François Blanchet, Elizabeth May and Jagmet Singh are irrelevant, is all about trust.
The question, right now, is: who do we trust less …
… Andrew Scheer or Justin Trudeau?
The fact is that Mr Scheer is a social conservative. Deep in his heart, he most likely does not believe that abortion should be available “on-demand” nor, possibly, that gays should be allowed to marry ~ however that is defined ~ or adopt children. There are a lot of social conservatives in Canada, including in the Liberal Party of Canada, too. But, the Conservative Party, like the Liberals Party, decided, in a policy convention, to support both abortion rights and gay rights … but the Liberals have run a very astute campaign to make Canadians fear that Mr Scheer will overturn his party’s platform. (Yes, that’s Maxime Bernier celebrating the CPC’s policy decision to not oppose same-sex marriage with young Tory activist Natalie Pon and Michelle Rempel.) It’s unlikely he could ever hope to survive the cabinet and caucus revolt that would ensue should he ever try to oppose a woman’s right to choose or gay marriage, but he does support social conservative candidates and causes … that’s just a fact.
The problems with M Trudeau are more serious. He has broken the conflict of interest rules, more than once, and he is the only Canadian prime minister to have ever done so while in office. He has, just a couple of days ago, been exposed in blackface as a hypocrite and worse.
People might worry about what Mr Scheer might want to do if he’s elected to head the government. But they already know that what Justin Trudeau will do if he’s re-elected: he will break any rule, even break the law if it is convenient for him to do so at the moment and he will not understand that he has done wrong because his moral compass is broken, if it exists at all.