Justin Trudeau – The Peter Pan of Canadian Politics
“All children, except one, grow up. . .Oh, the cleverness of me!”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
A new star has burst on the horizon, a star that has emerged from Never Never Land to lead us all to a magic place where all our dreams will come true and none of us will ever grow old. His name is Justin Trudeau and he is the Peter Pan of Canadian politics.
Ah, if only he could fly.
Mr. Trudeau, who is 42, has declared that nobody over the age of 40 will be allowed to be part of his team. Considering that approximately 63% of the electorate is actually over 40, it would appear that Mr. Trudeau’s vision for a united Canada does not include a majority of Canadians.
But not to worry, he has a wonderful view of the world that remains unobscured by the pixie dust sprinkled about by Tinkerbelle or even simple reality.
Last spring, when Immigration Minister Jason Kenney unveiled a new handbook on Canadian values for immigrants, Justin Trudeau, objected to the government’s use of the word barbaric to describe honour killings.
After back peddling himself into a brick wall, Mr. Trudeau conceded that honour killings are indeed morally reprehensible and apologized for his comments.”
– Supriya Dwivedi – Huffington Post
Mr. Trudeau, who believes himself to be a strong supporter of women’s rights, felt that the word barbaric was too pejorative and sent
the wrong message to newcomers to Canada. Always culturally sensitive, Mr. Trudeau was concerned that using such language to describe what most Canadians consider to be – well – barbaric, might hurt the feelings of the potential murderers of women whose only crime was that they had offended the somewhat perverse sense of honour of some of the men in their lives.
I don’t mean to be critical because if nothing else, Mr. Trudeau is consistent and brings that same fairy tale understanding to most issues he comments on these days.
In an interview, in French in Quebec, Mr. Trudeau stated his somewhat ambiguous position of the possible separation of Quebec from Canada. He is opposed to it unless, of course…..
“I’ve always said that if the time comes when I believe that Canada becomes truly the Canada of Stephen Harper – we turn against abortion, against gay marriage, and return to the past in a myriad of other different ways – perhaps I would muse about wanting to make Quebec a country.”
This son of a Canadian Prime Minister who, love him or hate him, was violently opposed to special status to Quebec let alone the separation of it from Canada, actually set out conditions in which he might consider supporting Quebec breaking away from Canada.
In his subsequent apology and clarification, Mr. Trudeau batted those now famous, dreamy eyes and stated that the remarks had been taken out of context. He blamed his remarks on Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s anti-Canadian values. Mr. Trudeau is convinced that Canada’s Prime Minister is Captain Hook incarnate and is determined to save us from his sound management of the Canadian economy and pragmatic approach to governing.
“Freedom from fear, freedom from crime, freedom to love who you want and to not be judged for it [i.e., same-sex marriage], freedom to do what you want with your body [i.e., abortion]. These freedoms are the very things that Stephen Harper and his government are trying to take away!”
Sometimes I wonder if politicians like Mr. Trudeau actually pay attention to what is happening around them or if they just form an opinion and then drool over it for the rest of their lives because they are too busy to notice what is actually happening in the real world.
Unlike previous Liberal governments, this Conservative government has taken a tough-on-crime stance to punish criminals and protect potential victims. It has moved to do away with some of the absurd slap-on-the-wrist policies of former Liberal administrations and committed to a more consistent application of criminal law across the country. Justin Trudeau, fixated on his belief in Never-Never Land, opposed most of what was proposed along with his fellow Liberals who seemed less concerned with reducing crime, and the fear it brings to a society, than they were with opposing the government.
It was this same Conservative government that, far from being a threat to same-sex marriage, actually fixed the convoluted and broken law the Liberals legislated so that same-sex couples both from Canada and abroad, could more easily marry and divorce. Mr. Trudeau considers that a denial of the freedom to love who you want.
Perhaps, if Mr. Trudeau had spent less time flitting about in Never Never Land and more time in the real world, he might have been aware that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has emphatically stated that he will not open the abortion debate and he has kept his word. Far from being Captain Hook, the Prime Minister has actually managed to make Canada the envy of the world for its prudent economic policies and stable governance.
The sad truth, which has often escaped Justin Trudeau, is that it was previous Liberal governments that over-regulated Canadians and which undermined our economies and our safety and security; not the current Conservative government.
Nonetheless, Mr. Trudeau remains steadfastly committed to his values and his view of Canada as evidenced by his inability to refrain from calling Environment Minister Peter Kent “a piece of shit” in the House of Commons; definitely un-Peter Pan-like language if you ask me.
Cue another Trudeau apology and another attempt to blame the Conservatives for the words that came forth from his mouth without benefit of having traveled through his brain first.
Mr. Trudeau reminds me of a teenager who acknowledges that he might have done something inappropriate but always has an excuse that usually passes some, if not all, of the blame along to someone or something else. Typically, even though the words were his own, he usually blames them on being taken out of context or having been forced upon him by the actions of others. Tnankfully, he is becoming quite adept at almost apologizing.
And that brought us to last week, when comments Mr. Trudeau made in a 2010 radio interview, emerged.
“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work.”
Actually, Pete –I mean Justin – it works quite well. Most of Canada is doing just fine thank you. Ontario and Quebeca are not doing so well because of the corrupt mismanagement by successive Liberal governments. Not content with blaming Alberta for the economic and political mess in central Canada, particularly in Quebec, Mr. Trudeau went on to state:
“Why do millions of Quebeckers not see themselves in this government? […] Because they do not like – they do not see – the Canada that we build over decades reflected – not in the policies of this government – but in the values that this government is putting forward.”
Apparently those same Quebecers didn’t see themselves in the values of Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals either. They were highly offended by the actual lack of values that led to Adscam which the Liberals conducted in their province. Apparently the good people of Quebec don’t share quite the same morality as the Liberal Party of Canada.
But then, not many of us do, regardless of political affiliation.
They overwhelmingly rejected Liberal candidates in the last federal election, choosing New Democrats instead. Mr. Trudeau confused ‘buying’ support in Quebec with taxpayer money for sharing the same values.
The irony of his statement in light of the Liberal collapse in the province appears to be lost on Mr. Trudeau who seems to believe that he and Tinkerbelle can save Canada from Captain Hook and the pirates if we all just believe in him and the yet to be defined Liberal values.
What seems to be a little hazy, to be honest, is just exactly what is it that Justin Trudeau wants everyone to believe.
I don’t believe it is the Conservative government that is out of touch with Canadian values, I believe Mr. Trudeau is out of touch with reality. His view of what is happening in Canada is based on shallow and superficial analysis that only someone who lacks real experience or anything even beginning to approach critical thought can bring to an issue.
His understanding of the economic mess in Quebec and Ontario doesn’t even measure up to being superficial. Blaming Alberta or even the federal government for the failed policies of successive provincial Liberal Governments is like blaming your doctor for the cold you caught because you didn’t dress properly for the winter weather.
The simple reality is that if politicians like Justin Trudeau would stop flying about and getting in the way, Alberta’s energy sector would drive prosperity across Canada, creating more than 900,000 new jobs in the process, many of which will be in central Canada.
But as most of us know from having read the book, reality was never Peter Pan’s strongest suit.
Justin Trudeau’s vision of unity for the country only works well if you’re under forty, don’t live in Alberta and believe you can fly if you just hold Peter’s hand and close your eyes. There is little room for diversity in the Trudeau vision of this country and apparently not much room for experience, maturity or by being governed by anyone who isn’t from Quebec either.
Like Peter Pan (and Justin Bieber) Justin Trudeau has an engaging smile, lots of superficial charisma and absolutely divine hair. Apparently that is pretty much all the Liberal Party is looking for in a leader these days but as desperate as they are to reclaim power, it is still somewhat of a surprise that they would put so much hope on Peter Pan.
But, it is what it is and because so many still prefer to cling to fairy tales rather than deal with reality, many will rush to join the personality cult and I suspect we’ll soon be changing the name of the country from Canada to Never Never Land which means that. . . coming soon to a Parliament near you. . .
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