They had Pierre Poilievre on horseback for the Calgary Stampede the other day. He was home. And he is promising Canada a dark era to come of a polarization of politics in this country. If you think Donald Trump issued in a dark era for the United States, you haven’t seen nothing yet.
The difference between Trump and Poilievre is that the Canadian knows politics. He knows where the levers of power exist in this country. All his adult life has been spent involved in politics. And if he ever gets into power, he will change this country forever.
What Stephen Harper started when he won a majority government in 2011, Poilievre wants to carry forward. He is not only a logical extension of a right-wing Stephen Harper but Calgary is his home base.
Poilievre is deep into what we kids used to call disestablishmentarianism. Yes, it is a real word and goes back a couple centuries in the United Kingdom to when different groups were attempting to put an end to state support for the Anglican Church. We used to apply the word to any shibboleth of society that we felt was outmoded and unnecessary. There can be little doubt that the MP from Carleton electoral district wants to disestablish the Bank of Canada and his support for Bitcoin can only be referred to as disestablishmentarianism.
The thought of Canada’s chartered banks being turned loose, to figuratively rape and pillage, at will, across Canada, is also somewhat disquieting.
But as much as the disquieting thought of the Bank of Canada being disestablished is concerning, Mr. Poilievre’s good friends in the February convoy to Ottawa are of greater concern. These are some of the people he has moved into signing up as temporary conservatives. He is counting on them to vote for him when they get their ballots for the leadership.
And if Justin Trudeau doesn’t smarten up and start winning friends in Canada and influencing voters, we could have a bigger disaster than Trump here in Canada.
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