Unbelievable. Scheer was terrible but a bar of Ivory soap would’ve been better. In the words of the great NEw York Nayor Ed Koch, “the People have spoken … and they must be punished.”
Justin Trudeau has disgraced Canada, practically from the day he took office. As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed back ISIS terrorists, while betraying Canadian war veterans. Justin Trudeau has routinely embarrassed Canada on the world stage, and has run massive budget deficits. In addition, Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to be found guilty of violating federal ethics laws. Trudeau has been a total disaster by any standard.
However, Justin Trudeau is a Leftist. As such, Trudeau was guaranteed favorable coverage from most of Canada’s media outlets. Canada’s Conservative Party needed to nominate a version of Donald Trump, to take on Justin Trudeau and his allies in the Canadian media. Instead, they nominated a version of Mitt Romney.
Like Mitt Romney, Andrew Scheer has no charisma. Like Mitt Romney, Andrew Scheer did not perform well in the nationally televised debate. Like Mitt Romney, Andrew Scheer did not aggressively attack Justin Trudeau for his many shortcomings. Like Mitt Romney, Andrew Scheer lost.
Canada is in serious trouble. Canadians will pay a huge price for foolishly re-electing Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau survives challenge to gain second term
The prime minister demonstrated surprising strength at the polls.
By Politico, October 1, 2019:
MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will serve another term as Canada’s prime minister after Liberals won a plurality of seats in Parliament. But the incumbent emerged from Monday’s election weakened as his party lost seats and Trudeau will lead a minority government.
The quick declaration of Trudeau’s victory came as a surprise after he was deadlocked in the polls with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during the six-week campaign. Still, with a minority government, Trudeau will need to forge alliances with other parties to advance his priorities.
The crowd had barely begun gathering at Liberal headquarters in Montreal when the unexpectedly early victory call arrived. Dozens of people in a mostly empty convention hall began chanting, “Four more years.”
To win, Trudeau survived numerous controversies, including revelations by Time Magazine in September that he wore blackface to a costume party in 2001 while he taught at a private school. That prompted the prime minister to admit to another instance, while a third was quickly publicized. The SNC-Lavalin scandal has also dogged Trudeau this year, particularly after the country’s ethics commissioner determined his office tried to shield the engineering company from criminal prosecution.
Trudeau apologized for donning black- and brownface, but in the SNC-Lavalin case he said he was defending Canadian jobs.
His supporters’ exuberance at the surprisingly clear mandate glossed over the reality that the Liberals will have a harder time governing with a parliamentary minority — and minority governments tend to last only about two years, not four.
During the campaign, Trudeau told voters they had a choice between a progressive agenda on climate change and social services or a Scheer-led government that would end the carbon tax while having no targets for emission reductions. But Trudeau risked losing support from Canadians demanding climate action after approving the purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
The Parliament should have easily enough votes to ratify President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as Liberals and Conservatives have both said they’ll vote for it and hold an overwhelming majority of seats.
The prime minister has said his first action will be tax cuts for the middle class, or those earning less than $147,000 a year, by raising levels of tax-free income.
One potential wildcard is whether the other opposition parties will pull Trudeau aggressively to the left in exchange for their support on bills. Those other opposition parties, the New Democratic Party and Bloc Québécois, have criticized the USMCA and also support aggressive action on climate change.
In Regina, Sask., where Scheer and his supporters gathered, the already-subdued election night event went silent as the CBC News broadcast called a Liberal-led government. Party organizers quickly changed the channel to another news network, but soon others began calling the election for the Liberals.
The International Trade Centre auditorium, filled with hundreds of Conservative supporters, would erupt in applause and cheers whenever the results for Scheer’s riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle crossed the projection screen showing multiple newscasts. Only when results were aired for Regina-Wascana, where Conservative candidate Michael Kram unseated longtime Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, would the crowd react with more exuberance. They also cheered when People’s Party of Canada Leader — and former Conservative — Maxime Bernier was declared unseated by the Conservative candidate in the Quebec riding of Beauce.
Bernier, a former foreign minister who hoped to lead a populist movement, lost his own seat in an embarrassing and emphatic setback for Canada’s would-be Donald Trump.
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