When it comes to certain issues like war, money or climate change, Liberals use language in ways that makes me wonder if they speak English anymore.
Trudeau’s Liberals won’t speak in ways that make their meaning plain instead resorting to distortions and invented words, designed to simply change the conversation.
For example, in a Bloomberg interview about government spending Finance Minister Bill Morneau denied that he’s spending by saying, “We don’t call it spending”.
Except, they do, or at least his department does. So does his budget on page 48 where it talks about “government spending”. The word “spending” shows up 36 times in his plan. There’s “new spending”, “accelerating spending”, “infrastructure spending” — the kindest thing I can say in response to this denial is, he’s full of crap.
He knows government is spending a lot more and faster than it used to. Calling spending an “investment” is an attempt to make us forget he’s spending money we don’t have, adding to the debt and leaving future generations to pay the bills.
Is it too much to ask for an honest conversation here? It must be.
Prime Minister Trudeau has also been having strange conversations, distorting the meaning of words to deny Canada is at war with ISIS, quibbling over whether ISIS is a state.
They may not receive international recognition as such but in every other way up to and including having a flag, it appears they are. His next act of denial is to say let’s not pretend they can win a war.
Well, until the coalition entered the scene they were winning the war, coming within striking distance of Baghdad, taking Mosul, Palymyra and Ramadi.
The only one pretending is Justin Trudeau, pretending that we aren’t in a war with ISIS.
Language matters, words matter. Words have meaning, not whatever you decide that day.
Too bad the media will mostly let it slide.