Morneau’s mask is off

Fi­nance min­is­ter ex­posed as an elite cater­ing to elites

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - MARK BONOKOSKI

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, bask­ing to­day in rock-star ado­ra­tion in Manila — with scream­ing fans among both on­look­ers and the international me­dia — strolls down the stairs in the House of Com­mons to re­veal a Su­per­man T-shirt un­der his be­spoke threads.

Hi­lar­ity en­sues. It’s Hal­loween, af­ter all.

Who else would Trudeau think his al­ter-ego is, what with his pen­chant for fly­ing around the world like a caped cru­sader for free and fair trade, equal­ity and fem­i­nism?

In Toronto over the week­end, the de-facto or­gan of the Lib­eral Party of Canada, the Toronto Star, pub­lished a puff-piece, megao­pus — some 4,000-plus words — on the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of be­lea­guered Trudeau fi­nance min­is­ter, Bill Morneau.

Sup­pos­edly Morneau’s staff have nick­named him “Bruce Wayne,” af­ter the richer-thanrich in­dus­tri­al­ist who, when dan­ger comes knock­ing, jumps into his Bat­man gear to save Gotham.

This, too, is hi­lar­i­ous, but news to me.

I’ve heard Morneau called a num­ber of things in Ot­tawa, but never Bruce Wayne. And who is Robin to Morneau’s Bat­man?

Joel Light­bound, his par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary?

Now there’s a car­toon comic, if there ever was one, although Light­bound is very quick on his feet and good at pro­tect­ing Morneau’s back dur­ing his ab­sences from Ques­tion Pe­riod.

“Holy nick-of-time, Bat­man!” Robin has said.

Mean­while, back in re­al­ity, a just-re­leased

Nanos sur­vey has 40% of Cana­di­ans think­ing it’s time for Su­per­man to yank on Bat­man’s own cape and send him pack­ing to the back benches.

“Holy bank ac­counts!” Robin once said.

Pre­cisely, Boy Won­der, pre­cisely.

If not for a lack of blind trusts, own­er­ship of a pen­sion com­pany that does sig­nif­i­cant business with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, is­sues with the ethics com­mis­sioner, huge bank ac­counts un­fath­omable to the av­er­age Cana­dian, an undis­closed villa in the south of France, and try­ing to close the same tax loop­holes he used him­self, Bill Morneau would have been just an­other MP in a po­si­tion of trust.

This is not to say, how­ever, that 60% of Cana­di­ans don’t want Morneau ousted from his role of fi­nance min­is­ter, be­cause 31% are un­sure, all of which means only 29% truly want to see him con­tinue.

But it doesn’t get bet­ter. Some 41% be­lieve, for ex­am­ple, that Morneau uses his role as fi­nance min­is­ter to cater to rich peo­ple like him­self, while only 14% are buy­ing into Trudeau’s end­less mantra that he is the white knight of the mid­dle class, and ev­ery­thing Morneau does is done to ben­e­fit hard­work­ing Cana­di­ans.

That jig was ef­fec­tively up when the Trudeau Lib­er­als thought tax­ing small business out of business was the way to go, for­get­ting that up­wards of 90% of the jobs in this coun­try are cre­ated by the very small busi­nesses they were pre­par­ing to sic the tax­man on.

Ditto when word got out about po­ten­tially tax­ing staff dis­counts be­ing of­fered to low-paid re­tail work­ers so they could look half as good as the man­nequins in their stores. Or tax­ing the dis­counts given to food-court work­ers as a break on their lunches.

When you start tax­ing pizza slices and Chi­nese noo­dles, you are pretty well scrap­ing the bot­tom of the un­der­class for nick­els and dimes.

This is not good re­tail pol­i­tics. In fact, it’s the worst.

One of the pictures in the Star’s undy­ingly pos­i­tive pro­file of Morneau is one of him as a boy in his mi­nor hockey uni­form.

He was wear­ing a Mi­das jersey.

Un­til he en­tered pol­i­tics, it could be said that ev­ery­thing Morneau touched did turn to gold — Bruce Wayne-type gold.

Since then, the Mi­das magic has all but left, with more Cana­di­ans want­ing him gone than con­tin­u­ing on.

“KA-POW!’ Et cetera.

POSTMEDIA NET­WORK PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau is no Bat­man work­ing for jus­tice, Bonokoski says, and maybe it’s time for him to turn in his cape and cowl.

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