Is it better to malign others than to stand on how we might do things? Is it better to use silly slogans of derision than to delve into the mysteries of leadership? Is it better to see the mote in another’s eye? Canadians have a problem with conservative leader Pierre Poilievre. It is not just that he is so phony. It is just what would we ever do with a prime minister that only saw the problems of others?
Pierre Poilievre is an ignorant, small-minded person. What point does he make by insulting a man such as former governor general, David Johnston? Johnston hardly chatted with his ‘neighbour’ Justin Trudeau over the back fence when he lived in Rideau Hall as governor general and Justin Trudeau’s family where later installed at Rideau Cottage on the Rideau Hall grounds. Johnston was appointed on the recommendation of Poilievre’s friend Stephen Harper, when Harper and Poilievre sat in the same federal cabinet.
Thankfully, not all Canadians are as ignorant as Pierre Poilievre. Mr. Johnston is a noted Canadian. We also know that Justin Trudeau is an elitist. It was logical that Mr. Trudeau would choose an elite such as David Johnston as rapporteur on this question of Chinese interference in Canadian elections.
I, for one, think Mr. Johnston did the best job possible, under the circumstances. It would hardly benefit Canada if he had torn a strip off the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and exposed it as a bunch of useless paper pushers. Nor are the foolish shenanigans of the past-the-due-date mounted police force appropriate in a modern Canada.
I am not sure what Johnston hopes to achieve with his proposed hearings. It is obvious that there is a breakdown of communications between the political arm of the government and the civil service. And Mr. Justice Paul Rouleau in his Freedom Convoy hearings has already showed us the shallowness of CSIS and the highly politicized nature of the RCMP and Ontario provincial police.
There will always be some outside interference in Canada’s electoral process. It would be a shame though to have someone as ignorant as Pierre Poilievre dealing with it.
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