Let’s make it clear from the beginning, as a liberal, I feel betrayed by prime minister Justin Trudeau. From the first time I met the newly-minted member of parliament in 2010, there has been the nagging impression that he is but an actor. He is his mother’s son, not his father’s. He is glib with a practiced speech or a teleprompter. He likes to hide behind grease paint and costume.
But, in the beginning, I welcomed him as a liberal. With the problems Canada’s liberals had after the Chrétien years, the party needed stable leadership. With Justin, I was never sure if we were getting leadership or selfies but the party took the chance.
And I liked what he said about stronger riding associations and hands off on candidate selection. We were so trusting!
The 2015 election was a foregone conclusion. Harper had shown his true self during his one majority government. The liberals danced to Rideau Hall in the sun’s rays for the swearing in.
But all was not right. Trudeau the Younger did not want the grey beards of the senate in his caucus. Yet he welcomed all who wanted to be a liberal without making any commitment or charge. Until they found out there was no party left, just constant pleas for funding.
Trudeau is a traveler. He revels in the world spotlight. Yet the world has realized that he is a light-weight who makes hollow promises.
He tells us he is a feminist and yet fails to try to understand women.
He tells us he is concerned for the environment and yet wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars on the Trans Mountain pipeline. He thinks he can ship the product of the tar sands exploiters to other countries and blame them for the destruction of our planet.
He might use his father’s name but he betrays him. He will not stand up to the politicians in Quebec who deny religious symbols. Pierre Trudeau was a real liberal. He would have labelled Quebec’s Law-21 as bigotry and fought it.
Copyright 2021 © Peter Lowry
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