It must be so easy to be a conservative. The ideology saves you from the danger of too much thinking. You have to believe that people such as Donald Trump in the United States must have a marvelous filing system to keep track of his lists of lies. Liz Truss—one of a long line of incompetent conservative leaders in the UK—advocates tax cuts for the wealthy, in a period of hyper inflation. And as Pierre Poilievre can tell you: When in doubt about it; lie about it.
Last week that nasty little man turned his vindictive heat on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. That is a bad area for drug overdoses in the city but it is also an area getting a lot of attention from the city and local volunteer groups. Instead of recognizing the efforts of the province, the city and the citizens, Mr. Nasty condemns the provincial government, the citizens efforts and calls the area a “hell on earth.”
But where Poilievre gets off at condemning the British Columbia efforts is just displaying his ignorance for all to see. And to suggest that B.C. should follow the Alberta example is ludicrous. The drug problem is flourishing on a per capita comparison in Alberta that is almost as fast as in B.C. The conservative leader stayed true to his usual stance, he, somehow, found a way to also blame the prime minister.
And despite his lack of solutions for the opioid problem, he tells us that a conservative government would cancel the provincial test program to decriminalize small amounts of drugs and use the Alberta non-solution.
But what would you expect from Poilievre when his enthusiasm for Bitcoin has been tempered by its struggle to get back into more positive territory. No doubt, he is eager to see the Bank of Canada fail to keep a leash on inflation that is being fueled by war on the Eurasian Steppe, oil prices, shortages of food and world-wide supply chain failures. The one thing, we know for sure is that Poilievre is no economist.
What also annoys me about the conservatives is their climate stance. Like most conservatives, Poilievre ignores climate change and its causes. He panders to Alberta and its tar sands exploiters.
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