So, a few years ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at New York University, talked about tribes and tribalism and the perils of both. It wasn’t a bad speech … the points about belonging versus exclusivity and exclusion are still good. But the prime minister may have ignored the tribe to which he belongs … the privileged, über-entitled, powerful Laurentian Elites.
And do you know who’s in that tribe with him and his lovely wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau? Well, the Laurentian Elites are not exactly an exclusive club; it is full of politicians, media people, academics, business leaders and many of “the great and the good” in Canada, including these two fellows:
They are Marc (left) and Craig Kielburger, founders of the WE Charity which has been in the news recently. The two brothers became famous in the mid-1990s when Craig Kielburger gained national and international attention by being outraged at child labour in South Asia. He travelled to Asia in 1995, aged 13, to “see for himself” and, while there, he secured a meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and … wait a minute: you can see that this is no ordinary 13 years old, can’t you? The two brothers came from a high achieving family of school teachers who were also very successful real-estate developers who were also social activists and, above all politically and media savvy. Their WE Charity is incredibly well connected, boasting, inter alia, many mainstream media “partners.” The brothers, themselves, are smart and hardworking and self-describe as being “social entrepreneurs.”
Maybe their media partnerships help explain why there seems to be so little media outrage (beyond the Sun chain of newspapers) at the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just handed the Kielburgers nearly a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money with which to administer a student volunteer programme … despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of well-paid, well-qualified, bilingual civil servants are sitting around looking for something to do.
Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife Sophie both have longstanding personal and political connections with the Kielburgers and the WE Charity … there is, at the very least, the appearance of cronyism and conflict of interest. Beyond that, it defies belief that the prime minister would say that only the WE Charity and not his own public service can manage this programme … he is either incredibly stupid or he is lying ~ no other explanation is possible. Does anyone in Canada, other than Rosemary Barton, actually believe him?
What has happened is quite clear and simple. The Laurentian Elites, in the persons of the Trudeaus and the Kielburgers …
… have decided that they needn’t hide anymore. They can come right out in public and take the money that working-class Canadians paid in tax and that Justin Trudeau has borrowed, with no plan to ever pay it back, and simply use it for their own, private purposes.
Is “take” the right word? Or could, should we say that Justin Trudeau and the Kielburgers are stealing from Canadians?
We are divided into tribes. The Trudeaus and the Kielburgers belong to one tribe. Most of us, those who work and pay taxes, those whose children and grandchildren will have to pay off the potential Trillion-Dollar Deficit that Justin Trudeau is running up, belong to another. Let there be no doubt, not anymore, that the Trudeau-Kielburger tribe, the Laurentian Elites, are on top and we, my Canadian friends and readers, are not. We are carrying the weight; they are getting the free ride …
… is that right? Is that the Canada we want in 2020?
It is time for Canadians to recognize that the Laurential Elites and their apologists, accomplices and fellow-travellers in too much of the media are a small, weak and worthless tribe and that working-class and middle-class Canadians are a larger, more powerful tribe and that it is time for the latter to replace the former.
The Trudeau-Kielburger deal reeks of corruption. It is time for a change.