It's been said that New Democrats were Liberals in a hurry. Then, Trudeau’s Liberals campaigned to the left of the NDP and now the LEAP manifesto has echoes of Trudeau advisor Gerald Butts in it which has me wondering, is it the other way around now?
During the election, Trudeau promised deficit spending, higher taxes and a very left wing agenda. I didn't realize how left until I thought about the LEAP manifesto a bit more.
Here’s what the radicals behind the LEAP manifesto write about energy policy:
"There is no longer an excuse for building new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future."
Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like Gerry Butts, top advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called for a zero carbon economy?
Butts made that statement when he was head of the World Wildlife Fund. He also signed onto a document calling for an end to infrastructure that would support the "Tar Sands." Joining him as a signatory on that document was Marlo Raynolds, then head of the Pembina Institute, now Chief of Staff to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
So is the LEAP manifesto just not that radical now? Or is it that the Liberals are now that radical?
The answer is easy: The Liberals have become radicals.
Watch as I make connections to some of Trudeau's radical ministers that demonstrate their radical views and tie it all to the LEAP manifesto.
Trudeau and company have departed from decades of Liberals who are centrists and become Liberals pushing harder for socialism than the NDP.
And the scary part for Canada is that the Liberals are in charge for four more years.