Our Canadian news media have been slow in comparing former American president Donald Trump and the new leader of Canada’s conservative party. Maybe the media thought it could never happen here. But it has. And that boy, Pierre Poilievre, really thinks he is going to make it all the way.
Maybe there are major differences between Trump and Poilievre but both seem to see themselves as despots. Neither wastes time with truth to back their positions, nor are they populists. They are manipulators. Mr. Trump is a conman. Mr. Poilievre knows the politics. They both use the mantra of the political right to build their own fables. They are self-centred egoists.
In a different era, they would have their own Brown Shirts. Mr. Trump has his deplorables. They sacked the Capital for him. Mr. Poilievre has his truckers convoy people, who occupied Canada’s capital. To make sure of his ascendancy to leader, Poilievre signed up more than 300,000 of them to the conservative party.
Mr. Trump promises to ‘Make America Great Again.’ Mr. Poilievre promises ‘Freedom’ for fools in a country that is already free.
Both Trump and Poilievre decry the supposed elitists in their respective societies, yet they are, in themselves, elites. They both demand absolute loyalty among their followers. Their enemy is the liberal left. Poilievre directs his specious diatribes against the ‘Elitist liberal gatekeepers and corporate oligarchs.’ Mr. Trump builds towers in his name, claims to be a billionaire and denounces the media as the enemy. Their notion of news conferences are one-way events: ‘I talk, you listen.’ No Questions allowed!
Mr. Trump failed Americans when the pandemic started killing. He did next to nothing to help. Mr. Poilievre railed against the liberal government that did its best to help Canadians through the pandemic.
Mr. Trump makes friends of dictators. Mr. Poilievre attacks the Bank of Canada, Elections Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Neither builds on strengths. They use anger instead. The angrier their followers, the easier it is to manipulate them.
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