When Adolph Hitler sent his Brown Shirts to the Bundestag in the Weimar Republic elections in the 1920s and 30s, their purpose was not to govern but to obstruct. It is with some concern that we hear that conservative leader Pierre Poilievre thinks he can threaten the Canadian parliament with the same tactics.
What the conservative leader really wants is a ‘do or die’ election. His constant barbs at the new democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, are part of forcing that election sooner than 2026. Poilievre’s outrageous attacks on former governor general David Johnston are also part of that strategy. His primary purpose is to defame the prime minister and his government and take his lies and vitriol into a general election—that he thinks he can win.
Whether he can win is another matter. The Canadian public might not be pleased with him deliberately obstructing parliament with hundreds of specious queries and late-night filibusters. He promises what he calls ‘Freedom’ to Canadians but what this freedom holds seems questionable. It appears to enable blockading borders, allowing malcontents to occupy our cities, denying vaccinations, firing the governor of the Bank of Canada, promoting cryptocurrencies and constraining any and all government spending on our country’s future.
What is even more concerning about this mean little man is not that he denies climate change but he gives it so little importance. He promises to put an end to carbon taxes. He will build more oil pipelines. And he will have to build more prisons if his plan for ‘Jail, Not Bail’ ever saw the light of day. It would be a serious breach of Canadians’ rights and freedoms.
If there was anything amusing in this terrible farce, it is Pierre Poilievre continuing to saw the branches of his strategy off beneath his feet. Every day, his desperation grows as he loses more and more support for his libertarian promises. He has turned off voters in Quebec and he is losing ground there to the Bloc. If he is forced to wait much longer for a federal election, he will never make it to being prime minister.
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