So, I see, in a report by Sean Kirkpatrick of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, and confirmed by others …
… that “The Liberal government announced late Monday that it has agreed to change draft legislation that proposed to grant itself wide-reaching new powers to tax and spend without parliamentary approval until Dec. 31, 2021, through an emergency spending bill.“
“Thirty-two MPs, divided proportionally based on party standing, will be in Ottawa to debate the bill being tabled on Tuesday,” Mr Kirkpatrick explains, and “It includes sections aimed at adopting some of the fiscal measures announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau … [but] … a draft version of the bill goes well beyond those measures and includes provisions that would give the minority government the power to act unilaterally for 21 months … [and] … Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued a statement late Monday announcing the Official Opposition will not support a bill that gives the government unlimited powers to raise taxes without a parliamentary vote,” saying that ““In a crisis, broad, all-party agreement is essential, especially when the government has a minority in the House of Commons,” he said. “We will authorize whatever spending measures are justified to respond to the situation, but we will not sign a blank cheque.”“
Mr Scheer’s reaction was entirely correct but did not go far enough. Andrew Scheer should have recalled ALL Conservative MPs to defeat the government or, alternatively, he should have walked out and shut down parliament, crippling the government ~ even in a time of crisis ~ and forcing the government to resign.
But, Sean Kirkpatrick writes, “Just after 11 p.m. Eastern, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez announced that changes would be made to the bill.“
Good, but the truth is now out: the Trudeau Liberals are a mob of anti-democratic opportunists who want to rule like French kings in the 17th and 18th centuries, by something akin to divine right despite the fact that, in 2019, Canadians reduced them to minority status because it was clear that they could not be trusted. It seems that someone in Team Trudeau came to their senses … I doubt it was Justin Trudeau, himself.
Now the onus is on the Liberal Party to do what is right: replace Justin Trudeau!
This ill-considered power grab exposes the Trudeau Liberals for what they are: cheats, liars, and inept politicians with weak strategic, political vision. It’s not a Party problem, it’s a leader problem. A faction of the party selected Justi. Trudeau, in April 2013, for absolutely nothing more than his name … even the estimable Marc Garneau said, (February 2013) that Prime Minister Trudeau was “an untested candidate who is hiding behind a carefully crafted public relations campaign.” Not much has changed: he still has a formidable public relations team that works miracles, making silk purses out of sow’s ears, but now he has been tested and he’s pretty clearly a sub-standard person and politician with no discernable leadership ability at all. The litany of Justin Trudeau’s failures goes on and on: Blackface, breaking Parliament’s Conflict of Interest rules, over and over again, bungling foreign relations ~ think about the India fiasco ~ the whole SNC-Lavalin/Obstruction of Justice affair culminating in the firing of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. He’s not a leader, he’s not a politician in whom Canadians can have confidence at any time, least of all in a time of crisis.
In it not customary for Canadian caucuses to throw out their leaders, but there is nothing in the Westminster parliamentary conventions that say it cannot be done ~ in fact, Australia does it regularly. There is no good reason why Canada cannot and should not do the same.
I have said, several times, that I want the Liberal Party to survive and prosper as, once again, a liberal party. It cannot, I believe, ever be that as long as Justin Trudeau is around. I think this power grab should be the last straw for millions of decent, honest, loyally Canadian Liberals. They need to tell their elected MPs that they, and all thinking Canadians, want to see the end of the Trudeau interregnum and a return to responsible, liberal and Liberal values. The Liberal Pary needs a long and robust leadership campaign during which it can debate its future. In the interim, it has a tested leader, pictured above, in Marc Garneau … he’s not flashy, but I think most Canadians respect and trust him. That, trust, is what Canada needs, now, in a crisis. I think it’s clear, by the reaction to this attempted coup, that Canadians don’t trust Justin Trudeau. It’s time for him to do what’s right and step aside. Assuming, as I do, that he will not do that, then it is time for the Liberal Party of Canada to do what’s right and throw the bum out!