There is only one target that interests conservative leader Pierre Poilievre. It is the prime minister’s job. It is the job the conservative wants and it is one he has worked towards all of his adult life. We can all wonder how he will react, if and when he discovers he will never reach his goal.
Poilievre’s problem is what the conservative communications people discovered too late, after he had been chosen leader. The conservative leader is not likeable. He is a mean and unfeeling little man and that is becoming better known all the time. Instead of hurting Trudeau with all his barbs against the liberal leader, Poilievre is pushing some of that audience to Trudeau’s side of the fence.
The most telling thing about Poilievre’s very expensive advertising campaign running over the past year is it is failing in its purpose. Take the ads with the children to start with; they clearly show that this man is uncomfortable with children. Look at the one with the little girl. That puzzle they are supposed to be working on together is way beyond her age group. She isn’t interested in it, other than maybe to see if any of the too small pieces taste good. Poilievre was not as interested in her as he is to look like he can put a couple pieces together.
What bothers me most in Poilievre’s attacks on Trudeau is that there is more than enough with which to criticize him, without sounding stupid. The only person, for example, I have seen criticize the Canadian prime minister for causing world-wide inflation is the conservative leader. He should let that complaint go.
He could weave a far more interesting story about Trudeau in regards to the strained relations with India rather than the silly remarks he has been making. And Poilievre should have been paying attention when the declared feminist, Trudeau, fired his justice minister. Poilievre is also not making friends with his complaints about the Trudeau government spending its way through most of the pandemic.
And one of the facts of governing of the Bank of Canada is that the prime minister does not tell the bank’s governors what to do. Nor does the leader of the opposition. Maybe Mr. Poilievre should do his present job in opposition a lot better, before aspiring to establish his extreme right-wing form of government in Ottawa.
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