Have you heard of the World Economic Forum? It’s not a government, it’s more of a club, where politicians and celebrities and businesspeople and wannabes go for an annual party each January in Davos, Switzerland.
Trudeau first went there in January, 2016. And if you believe the CBC, he (and his socks) made a splash!
Justin Trudeau's youthful, pro-diversity pitch goes global in Davos PM's prowess on social media earned him fans around the world before arriving at World Economic Forum
Trudeau's first speeches at Davos were like the rambling, cliched speeches he used to give at teachers conventions for twenty grand a pop. He talked about how "fighting climate change” creates growth and jobs and wealth.
But two years later, well into the Trump era, and with so much more experience as PM under his belt, Trudeau still gave the same speeches:
I’m talking about hiring, promoting, and retaining more women. And not just because it’s the right thing to do, or the nice thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do.
So really, the same as in 2016 — just super-cool feminist virtue-signalling. Nothing on tax cuts. Nothing on business.
Which bring us to the news of today. That same group, the World Economic Forum, in addition to having big parties, does some economic studies, including a massive, comprehensive, deeply researched publication each year on global competitiveness. They rank the countries of the world by dozens of different criteria.
And back on top, for the first time in a dozen years, is the United States of America. Then Singapore, then Germany, then Switzerland, then Japan. Sounds about right to me, doesn’t it?
And Canada — well, we’ve dropped, two slots in the past year. We’re number 12.
Finland is now ahead of us. Finland? Are you serious?
TONIGHT I'll show you the detailed information that went into our country rankings. There are dozens of factors, each of which is measured as carefully as can be done. We may be ranked 12th overall, but some of our rankings — on GDP growth, budget transparency, government regulation, payroll taxes, attitudes toward entrepreneurial risk — are abysmal.
We were told, time and again, that Trudeau’s social justice obsessions — feminism, global warming, diversity, peoplekind, whatever — would all pay off — big time; lots of money, apparently, to be made in business when a carbon tax is put on you.
Nope. We’re running at just half the GDP growth of America.
I guess the only question is: is that good enough for Canadians?
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