There is a wonderful button on my television remote. It is a pause button. I think it would be the perfect button to use when I see clips of conservative leader Pierre Poilievre. Every time I see him, I want to ask him some very simple questions about his simple statements.
For example, when I hear him say ‘Canada is broken.” I want to ask him: In what way? This is a serious statement and I would like to know what is behind it? Is it just rhetoric? Or does it have a deeper meaning?
Is it like complaining about inflation. (We all seem to be concerned about that.) It might not be as simple as he paints it. He has that funny little way of blaming it on the prime minister by calling it Just-In—flation. Actually, that is quite a compliment. For the prime minister to create world-wide inflation just with Canada’s economy is quite surprising. Sad to say, Mr. Poilievre did not help in the need to contain Canada’s inflation by complaining about and threatening to fire the governor of the Bank of Canada for his efforts to stall inflation. And suggesting fighting inflation with cryptocurrency simply proves that Mr. Poilievre is no economist.
Sometimes, Mr. Poilievre reminds me of Donald Trump. I always assumed that not all of American presidents took office knowing what they were doing. I think the common thought was that Mr. Trump did not care. His objective was to become president of the country and he did. The only problem was that once he was there, he was at loose ends.
Obviously, Mr. Poilievre would not be at loose ends. He has a mission. He wants to be prime minister. He tells his convoy trucker friends that he is going to make Canada the freest country in the world. He has a budgeting idea that he can buy a couple dollars worth of ice cream as long as he cuts a couple dollars from something else, he was supposed to buy.
We already know that Mr. Poilievre’s idea of freedom is that his trucker friends can park their trucks anywhere they want and eat their ice cream at their leisure. It would be of concern though that in buying the ice cream for their friends and themselves, they might use the money for their truck’s fuel. If you spend your fuel money, you are not much of a trucker. And, we already know that Mr. Poilievre is not much of an economist.
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