Yes indeed, dear readers, the moment hasn’t quite arrived yet. But all the political signs after “Elbowgate” point to coming buyer’s remorse among Canadian voters who punched (pardon the pun) the Liberal ticket in the last election.
And what could be the trigger points for such a voter uprising?
Opposition leader Rona Ambrose led off the post-Elbowgate Question Period by claiming that the Prime Minister’s temper had gotten the better of him, and that it was just an extension of the undemocratic way in which he's been treating opposition parties in the House of Commons.
After all, even the Liberal Party house organ, the Toronto Star called Trudeau’s conduct “bizarre” and a “disturbing failure of judgement.” And why not?
Footage from the Commons television feed showed an impulsive adolescent-like PM forcefully trying to pull Conservative whip Gord Brown through a group of New Democrat MPs, in an effort to speed up the vote on doctor-assisted dying. And while doing this, he collided with Quebec MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who reacted with visible discomfort as Justin forcefully pushed past her.
Moreover, according to Macleans', MP Tracey Ramsey insisted that Trudeau uttered a profanity as he approached her caucus colleagues. Juvenile behavior from a former camp counsellor now aspiring to be Canada’s Mike Tyson?
Since assuming power seven months ago, the Canadian Liberal Party – under Trudeau’s leadership – has been on a cynical crusade to fundamentally transform our country.
For example, by arbitrarily pulling Canada out of the US-led military coalition against Isis – a few days after becoming Prime Minister – Trudeau reiterated that there was only one role for Canada’s armed forces -- “peacekeepers.” (Or should we say, Canada’s unarmed “Boy Scouts”?)
Witness Justin’s first federal budget, gutting the military by slashing its funding by $400 million – down to 0.9% of Canada’s GDP. To quote a Huffington Post Canada report on this initiative, “The Trudeau government's new fiscal plan shoves $3.7 billion in planned defence purchases — ships, planes and vehicles — off into the future…”
Let's move on to more familiar and often-questioned Liberal policies on managing Canada’s economy, and a growing budget deficit. After all, why did voters elect Justin Trudeau (aside from his surname)? It was because he promised expensive “loot bags” to voters in traditional Liberal constituencies: Tax benefits for teachers, and $150 million in new annual funding for the CBC.
At the same time, he was still promising the unpromiseable -- to generate "a modest short-term deficit" of less than $10 billion for each of his first three years, and then a balanced budget by the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
And what happened to those economic promises? When Stephen Harper was voted out, the budget was balanced, with no deficit, and new economic policies had been implemented to ensure a budget surplus in future years. Recently, however, the Liberals’ first budget projected $113 billion more debt for Canada, with no budget surplus in sight.
But enough with the economic blunders. What about Justin’s much-promoted 21st-century “new democratic era” for Canada? The current reality is anything but.
For example, the Liberals have undemocratically used “time allocation” — the ability of a majority government to force an end to debate on proposed bills — during debates on the budget implementation bill, and the proposed assisted-dying bill. Of course, using time allocation is one of the Parliamentary abuses which Liberals criticized Stephen Harper of practicing.
But it’s different now, it seems -- likely because the Liberals currently have the Parliamentary majority. Opposition parties in the House have now complained about these undemocratic abuses. For example, NDP members recently protested when the Trudeau Liberals loaded numerous measures into a single bill, to protect each proposed legislative initiative from individualized scrutiny.
And what about the Liberals’ unique legislation establishing transgender washroom rights and protection from "hate speech"? Under this legislation, violators could face up to two years in prison!
Dare I ask what happened to the tradition of free speech in Canada, based on Britain’s Magna Carta? Specifically, what has happened to Canadians’ traditional constitutional protection from unjust persecution -- by the state -- for freely expressing their beliefs or thoughts?
But now let’s look at some other key ways in which Justin Trudeau’s government has implemented what I call the “assassination” of democratic freedom in Canada. How about the actions of Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, who was asked to come up with a plan to revamp Canada’s traditional “first-past-the-post” electoral system? She rejected Opposition suggestions that a question be included in a nation-wide referendum, so that all Canadians could express their view.
But all of the above pales in comparison to Motion 6, proposed after opposition parties embarrassed the government by coming within one vote of defeating unwelcome government legislation. Among other autocratic rules, Motion 6 would have reduced the number of days available to the opposition to introduce motions, as well as impose stricter time limits on those motions.
And that’s about it. Well, actually not quite it.
Because I just received a Facebook alert from the folks at Heat Street, whoever they are. And they let me know that, “As the Liberals gather for their annual convention in Winnipeg this week, a cookie cutter of (Justin) Trudeau’s face is reportedly the in-demand convention swag.”
To quote Heat Street, “As human rights lawyer Shefman put it, who could rightfully pass up an invitation to bite into Justin Trudeau’s head? (...) Shefman also suggested, in an interview with the CBC, that if Justin Trudeau was a cookie, that he’d be oatmeal-chocolate chip, because ‘they are fun and popular but also good for us.’”
Talk about a new cult of personality, to help sustain the morale of partly stalwarts whose political futures will soon be doomed by multiple broken election promises – including a promise of lower taxes for the middle class. What is their only hope? Justin Trudeau, the “cute” photogenic juvenile who does one-hand pushups, and punches out hand-picked losers in charity boxing matches?
Say hello to the new supreme leader of the “Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea North,”,er, Canada! Need I say more about what fate could await our nation, in the future?