David Mulroney, a former very senior official who was, during a career and included many important posts, Canada’s Ambassador to China said this on social media:
The “this” to which he was referring was the latest scandal to engulf the Liberals, in this case, according to the Globe and Mail, Joyce Murray, the Trudeau minister responsible for digital government’s “WeChat group has been soliciting donations for a lawsuit against a Global News reporter who broke a story about the China government’s overseas efforts to purchase and amass personal protective equipment from Canada and other countries during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.” This comes on the heels of insulting Japan and Australia, the massively stupid trip to India, LavScam, followed by the political assassinations of Dr Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould and then “blackface.”
We, Canadians, have known, since 2013, when he was running for the leadership of his party and Marc Garneau accused him of being devoid of substance, that Justin Trudeau is, in no way, fit for any elected office. The Conservatives were right in 2015: he was “just not ready,” and he’s still not ready.
But we got him because he was not Stephen Harper. We, Canadians, only elected Stephen Harper because, despite having finished the work of cleaning up Pierre Trudeau’s fiscal mess, finishing what Brian Mulroney had started, Jean Chrétien was so venal, so corrupt, that we could not stand the stench any longer. We actually forget who and what got us into a mess in the first place. It was our ‘penis envy,’ our wish to keep up with our rich neighbours to the South, that caused us to elect Pierre Trudeau. He was a minor-league celebrity, a petty, parochial, pseudo-intellectual but he had style. Canada, in 1967, was still fascinated by John F Kennedy and ‘Camelot.’ We were led by boring old men. Diefenbaker and Pearson had fought in the First World War ~ now it was the ‘swinging sixties’ and Canadians wanted something very, very different. We wanted some of that, too, and Pierre Trudeau looked just the part in an era of “free love,” the counter-culture and anti-war sentiment. His rise and his political positions were brilliantly organized by the almost legendary team of Jim Coutts and Keith Davey and many Canadians loved him … love is not too strong a word.
But, in 2013 we were governed by a shy, introspective, cold policy wonk who disliked and mistrusted the media and was equally despised in return. By 2015 the financial crisis of 2008, the Great Recession, was over and the budget was even in balance, again, and it was time for a change … again. And so we elected Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
We’d been earned. Trudeau, himself, had told us that he didn’t know much. And he told us that democracy was not all that important, either. Why are some of us surprised when he shoves Parliament aside so that he can govern like a “basic dictator”? Except, surely we must know by now that it’s not him governing … he’s the mouthpiece, the puppet … someone else is pulling the strings and making the policies.
You and I may speculate about who those faceless puppet-masers might be. I’m not sure I know. What is clear is that none of Justin Trudeau, Katie Telford and Gerald Butts has the intellectual wherewithal to do what Trudeau is doing. Someone is pulling the strings, someone we didn’t elect is managing Canada for their own purposes.
As I watch Parliament being shoved into irrelevance, I think about the sacrifices Canadians have made …
… and I ask my self: “was it worth it?”
I wonder: do the electors in the Montréal riding of Papineau, in Toronto Centre or University—Rosedale, also in downtown Toronto, or in affluent Vancouver Quadra actually consider what the people for whom they vote will do to our country? Did they vote to make Canada into a toady for China? Did they vote to suspend Parliament so that Justin Trudeau can govern without scrutiny?
I wonder: do those electors, do most Canadians, actually understand what Parliament is? Do they know about Magna Carta and Simon de Montfort’s Parliament of 1265 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688? Do they know that the British Parliament sat in Westminster even as German bombs fell on the building itself? Do they care? Or is it all just boring old stuff about dead-white-men and les Anglais and all that? Are we, Canadians, a new, better people who don’t need things like parliaments and principles to guide us?
“The natural impulse of this government, at its highest levels,” Mr Mulroney says, “are dangerously wrong.” Sadly, I’m sure he is right. He was writing with regard to our current policy stands towards China, and on that, I agree with him 100%. But he could have gone much farther: “The natural instincts of this government, at its highest levels,” he might have said “are dangerously wrong” about almost everything, beginning with the very nature of democratic government, itself.
When I walk by the National War Memorial later today, I guess that I will just shake my head in sadness because the voters in Halifax and Charlottetown, Montréal and Ottawa, in Greater Toronto and in Greater Vancouver have decided that 100,000 Canadians died in vain … their sacrifice, the supreme sacrifice, was meaningless because … Justin Trudeau.