Before making her deputy prime minister and finance minister, did anyone check to see if Chrystia Freeland was really a liberal? She does not often talk like one. She sounds more like one of those blue liberals from Quebec. She is heading down the path of former finance minister and, briefly prime minister, Paul Martin.
Paul Martin betrayed the liberalism of his father. The shipping magnate from Montreal was reputed to have promoted the idea in Canadian politics that you campaign down the middle of the road and, once elected, veer to the right.
When an astute observer of political entrails as Chantal Hébert of the Toronto Star says that Freeland is a party-killer, people might start to listen. What Hébert really said was that Freeland is acting like the free-spending party of the early days of COVID 19 may be over.
This is at a time when what Canada really needs is a finance minister who can look ahead and see where this train is really headed.
Yes, some of the so-called financial experts are calling for a recession next year. It just does not make sense to help make the recession happen. And that is where Freeland is heading.
The problem is that we struggled enough to reach the point we are at with COVID. Nobody declared the pandemic over and done with. We are still battling variants. People are still dying. We are still inoculating people.
On top of that, our hospitals across this country are in desperate shape. They had their COVID along with ours. Freeland and her boss are going to have to come to the table with the provinces to help. The federal treasury needs to be raided to support the provinces. We can hardly let some right-wing provincial governments try to privatize parts of Medicare.
And as a favour, I will tell you where Freeland can get some of the money. Get it from the capitalist bastards who reaped unconscionable profits in the past year. They screwed the Canadian public out of that money and now we need some back. They can also make a contribution to the recovery.
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