Don't think we are immune to the populism that puts Marine Le Pen in first place in the polls or made Brexit a reality. Yes, the previous govenment handled the global recession pretty well and handed Trudeau a situation most Western leaders would envy by comparison. However, Trudeau's top down elitism will eventually wear thin.
It won't be Kellie Leitch as that dike has all the charm of a pet rock with a lisp. Kevin O'Leary is only an economic populist. On issues like immigration and refugee settlement, he is as least as open border as True Dope. If someone were to come along who could articulate concerns about alien cultural influences and excessively generous refugee settlement, they might find a large receptive audience in this country. Particularly, if growth, jobs remain stagnant and taxes and debt jeep rising.
If Canada’s political classes don’t clean up their act, they’ll soon be in for a rude awakening. People are sick and tired of the establishment and aren’t going to take it anymore.
We could have told you this based on the feedback we receive day in and day out from our readers, who are sick of always being asked to cough up more and more cash for a system that looks increasingly like a house of cards.
However, now we have some hard and fast evidence to back this idea up. A survey by Edelman, one of the world’s leading public affairs firms, reveals that Canada is ripe for a populist uprising.
There is growing discontent among ordinary Canadians aimed at government, media and business elites.
It’s unlike anything Edelman’s seen in the 17 years it’s been doing what it calls its trust barometer.
All signs show we’ve got a similar mix of ingredients that lit a fire under the people in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Conclusions such as, “80% of people think the elites who run institutions are out of touch with regular people” and “69% say we need to prioritize Canadian interests over the rest of the world” read like no brainers to us.
But a shockingly large number of establishment grandees in this country go about their daily lives completely oblivious to the concerns of regular people.
The problem gets worse when they do learn about public discontent and simply look down their noses at it.
We know differently. We understand why Canadians get so frustrated at the green schemes, rising taxes, special interest group shenanigans and more that plague our political landscape.
It’s because they were never consulted on this agenda but are always expected to foot the bill for it. They never asked for it, but have to live with the consequences.
People are tired of business as usual and we can’t blame them.
They’re spending their days working their jobs, following the law and paying their bills and taxes. They’re the rocks that underpin this great country.
The establishment should be honoured to serve the interests of regular Canadians instead of patronizing them.
Consider this their wake up call.http://www.edmontonsun.com/2017/02/15/a ... das-elites