There should be a special place reserved in Hell for a political poseur such as Pierre Poilievre. I was reading a column by Jaime Watt of Navigator in the Toronto Star recently and he was bragging of the skill of the conservative leader in the House of Commons in using social media on the Internet. Watt seemed particularly impressed with a recent release from Poilievre that he referred to as “Housing Hell.” I took a look at that effort the other day and found it amateurish, misleading, full of factual errors and a series of repeated slurs on the prime minister.
I do hope Mr. Watt’s public relations company had nothing to do with such a scurrilous piece of garbage. This is not fair political comment. It is malicious and mean and deliberately inaccurate. We all know that the conservative leader wants Mr. Trudeau’s job and spends far more time maligning him than proposing solutions to Canada’s problems.
Despite Mr. Poilievre’s opinion, Mr. Trudeau is not responsible for world-wide inflation. He was hardly the cause of the escalating costs of homes across Canada. You sometimes wonder if Mr. Poilievre has any knowledge of what is going on in the real world. Canada is still trying to shake off the vestiges of the pandemic. World routes for trade are still stabilizing.
And does Mr. Poilievre have a clue about the impact of the war in Ukraine and the concerns of the sizeable Ukrainian diaspora in Canada? And is he aware that Canadians have concerns for both sides of the conflict in Gaza? Canada took in twice the numbers of immigrants last year because of the pressures in many parts of the world and Mr. Poilievre blames it on Mr. Trudeau.
Poilievre is a mean and selfish little man who takes his lead from Donald Trump in the United States. I am surprised that he has not made his slogan “Make Canada Great Again.” Instead, he uses a vague slogan that says “Bring it home.” It implies a selfishness that most Canadians reject. In it, he seems to reject our responsibilities to help the people of Ukraine or the concern we all feel for the unfortunate non-combatants in Gaza and Israel.
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