Christmas might come early this year. Prime minister Justin Trudeau is so obviously weighing the pros and cons of just when to call the election. Summer elections are rather unpredictable. My guess, for what it is worth, is that he will pick a date sometime between the end of September and the end of October. In the meantime, he has lots of toys to announce for all the older girls and boys.
The liberals are already locked in by the commitment of $500 to each senior over 75 by mid August. The wife has already figured out how to spend her and my bribe (about five-times over.) And you certainly cannot let a good bribe linger too long or the bribed parties will just want more.
The silliest bribe was the ridiculous ‘high-frequency’ passenger rail service for the Toronto to Quebec City corridor. It was really a VIA rail suggestion that they will run the lines, if the taxpayers pay for it. Personally, I would not want those brain-dead freight haulers anywhere near a real passenger service. And I still have not figured out how the service can be run 90 per cent with electricity. I hardly think there are discounts for only electrifying 90 per cent of the line. On this one, Justin Trudeau can either go high-speed or get stuffed.
On his visit to the west coast last week, Justin was more practical. He got that nice premier Horgan to accept the offer of more money for extending Vancouver’s Sky Train service. The B.C. premier was also inveigled into acknowledging a deal for $10 per day daycare. The problem B.C. voters should note is that this only happens if the liberals win a few more seats in B.C.
It might have been even more wishful thinking by Trudeau that he stopped in Calgary on his way west. He offered Calgarians $1.5 billion for their Green Line transit system. I always think of this type of offer as a tree falling in a forest. You are not sure that anyone is listening.
But I know how Trudeau could get favourable attention. All he has to do is show how he is going to save billions of dollars for Canadians. All he has to do is cancel the abominable twinning of his TransMountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burrard Inlet.
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