Trudeau’s proven to be his own worst enemy
Win or lose this election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enters the campaign as damaged goods compared to the politician Canadians thought they were electing in 2015.
Back then, Trudeau was all shiny and new as the Liberal underdog and third-party leader, his campaign invoking memories of his late father, Pierre Trudeau, and the “Trudeaumania” that accompanied his first election victory in 1968.
In 2015, his son promised Canadians a kinder, gentler politics, where he would “grow the economy from the heart outwards” through “sunny ways.”
In his victory speech on Oct. 19, 2015, having defeated the Stephen Harper Conservatives, Trudeau said: “I want to remind everyone … Conservatives are not our enemies, they’re our neighbours. Leadership is about bringing people of all different perspectives together.”
But that was then and this is now.
Today, the greatest threat to a repeat victory for Trudeau is the political wounds he inflicted on himself, led by his role in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
Already found by federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion to have violated Canada’s conflict-of-interest legislation by pressuring then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to the scandal-plagued Quebec company for political reasons, the controversy blew up again on Wednesday as Trudeau launched his campaign.
This because of a report in The Globe and Mail that the federal government, claiming cabinet confidentiality, is blocking the RCMP from accessing documents and questioning witnesses regarding a possible obstruction of justice investigation.
While the Globe said the RCMP has not officially launched a criminal investigation, these are the same complaints Dion made about a lack of access to relevant documents and witnesses in his report on the scandal.
That was the second time the ethics commissioner’s office — the first time was when it was headed by Mary Dawson — found Trudeau violated conflict of interest legislation by taking a family vacation on the private Bahamas island of the Aga Khan in January, 2017.While Trudeau has promised to run a positive campaign, the Liberals under his leadership have been smearing Conservative leader Andrew Scheer for months as a white-supremacist sympathizing, immigrant-bashing, homophobe, who will ban same-sex marriages and abortions if he wins.
So much for Trudeau’s “sunny ways” and calling Conservative not enemies but neighbours.So much for Trudeau’s promise to unite Canadians, since his energy and climate change policies have divided the nation in half
, with Conservative support concentrated in the west, Liberal support in the east.
The Liberals are clearly nervous about running solely on Trudeau’s economic record, a positive one on employment and poverty reduction, but dismal on deficit and debt reduction, compared to his 2015 election promises.
Because of that, Trudeau is shamelessly trying to bribe Canadians with their own money, the oldest political trick in the book.
David Akin at Global News, who has tracked government spending announcements for years, reported recently that in August alone, the Liberals made 4,545 new spending commitments worth $12.8 billion, compared to the Conservatives’ 604 new commitments worth $1.4 billion a month prior to the 2015 election.
According to the polls, it might work, because despite the Liberals and Conservatives being statistically tied in the popular vote, Liberal strength in the east is more efficient in terms of winning seats than Conservative support in the west.
We’ll know on Oct. 21, but whatever the outcome, Trudeau will never again be viewed as Canada’s knight in shining armour, because after four years in power, there’s too much dirt on it.https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnis ... orst-enemy