I see an interesting story on the Global News website which says that “Nearly half of Canadians would support an election being called if the federal watchdog finds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act again over the WE charity affair, a new poll suggests … [and] … The survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies also suggests the WE controversy has taken a bite out of Trudeau’s popularity, as well as that of the federal Liberal party, putting the Conservatives within striking distance of victory.“
The Global report explains that “The online poll of 1,531 adult Canadians took place July 31 to Aug. 2, in the days following Trudeau’s appearance before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about the deal with WE … [but] … It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered truly random.“
The report goes on to remind us that Prime Minister Trudeau “was previously found to have broken the Conflict of Interest Act for accepting two paid family vacations from the Aga Khan and for improperly pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was then attorney general, to halt the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin … [and while] … The prime minister has apologized for not recusing himself from the WE decision, given the connections that he and his family have to the Toronto-based development organization … [he has] … denied any wrongdoing.“
I have said before that we should believe Prime Minister Trudeau when he says that he believes that he is the innocent victim of errors, often made by others. Justin Trudeau has, former Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said, “an ethical blindspot.” I think that he really doesn’t understand that rules are meant to apply to everyone, even him. I think he really believes that his celebrity status makes him special, above the rest of us, entitled to do as he pleases. I think that he believed that people liked him for something other than his family name when he was thrust into the limelight at his father’s funeral 20 years ago. I think that he believed that his 2008 election victory happened because he was special. I think that he believed that bona fide intellectuals like Stéphane Dion and Michale Ignatieff actually held him in some regard when they appointed him to high-powered <snicker> critic posts like youth and multiculturalism and secondary education and sport. I think that he actually believed that the Aga Khan is an “old family friend” for some reasons other than the high office that his father held and he holds, today. In fact, ethics watchdog Mary Dawson could find no evidence of anything like “friendship,” ~ the Aga Khan was quite simply currying favour with powerful people who had their fingers on the public purse and their hands on the levers of political power. But Justin Trudeau believes that he is special and that he’s entitled to special treatment.
I feel sorry for my Liberal friends ~ and yes, I have some ~ who came out and voted for Justin Trudeau’s team in 2015 because they believed that he would be surrounded by sharp, honest people and he would listen to them … we saw how well he listened to Jane Philpott when she advised home to act in an ethical manner, didn’t we? I’m afraid I have more trouble feeling sorry for those who voted for Team Trudeau in 2019 after two ethical violations and the blackface thing and the Kokanee grope. By 2019 it wasn’t just Conservatives who knew that Justin Trudeau is a morally bankrupt fool who is unfit for high office, but many, many people could not imagine Canada being led by Andrew Scheer because <gasp> he wouldn’t march in gay pride parades.
But maybe things are changing. Global News says that “Forty-nine per cent of survey respondents said that if Trudeau is found to have broken the ethics law a third time, there should be an election to decide if he is fit to continue serving as prime minister. Thirty-five per cent disagreed and 16 per cent said they did not know … [and] … Conservative supporters, unsurprisingly, were most in favour at 78 per cent. So were 67 per cent of those who said they intend to vote for the Bloc Quebecois. Those who identified as NDP supporters were almost evenly split while Liberal voters, at 64 per cent, were most opposed to the idea.” That last number matters ~ 36% of Liberals, that’s more than 1 in 3, either believe that another ethical violation should trigger an election in which the ballot question might be “is Justin Trudeau ethically fit to lead Canada’s government?” or, at least, are not opposed to the idea. Half of left-leaning NDP supporters and over ⅓ of committed Liberals are at least open to the idea of having an “ethics election.” The Trudeau PMO must be shaking in its boots. Their electoral plan is based on the notion that since, so they believe, we Canadian voters stand for nothing then we will fall for anything, including their fairy-tales and lame excuses. It looks like that’s not true and very nearly half of us want an election in which Justin Trudeau’s ethics are the issue.
Canadians are waking up … and that’s a nightmare for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. But, for Canada: It’s time for a real change.