Trudeau’s ego-driven for­eign aid ex­posed by cav­a­lier $50M tweet

Edmonton Sun - - COMMENT - Mark BONOKOSKI mark­[email protected] @Mark­bonokoski

One sus­pects thou­sands, if not mil­lions, in Canada and around the world who are Twit­ter ad­dicts spewed their cof­fees half­way across the room when Justin Trudeau, as prime min­is­ter, blasely sent out his tweet to co­me­dian Trevor Noah pledg­ing $50 mil­lion of our money to­ward his char­i­ta­ble cause.

It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what Noah’s char­ity was, although it was a rather good one. What mat­ters is that Trevor Noah is a big-time celebrity and Justin Trudeau needed a boost to his self-es­teem via a shot of dopamine, and what bet­ter a fix than one of the world’s top co­me­di­ans with a huge tele­vi­sion fan base giv­ing you a pub­lic high­five and shout-out?

It would be rocket fuel for Trudeau’s ego.

For us tax­pay­ers, how­ever, it meant an­other $50 mil­lion IOU on top of a huge stack of oth­ers from a gov­ern­ment that just can’t stop giv­ing aid money, even to regimes with badass dic­ta­tors like China, North Korea and Iran.

This is money, of course, that will not go into univer­sal health care, tax breaks for the work­ing class or the elim­i­na­tion of one puff of green­house gas be­ing added to the “cli­mate emer­gency” that is scar­ing the wits out of young peo­ple who see dooms­day as less than 12 years away.

What Trudeau was do­ing with that pledge to Noah was putting that sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion onto our credit card to pay for his adren­a­line shot.

“Hey (Trevor Noah),” Trudeau tweeted. “Thanks for ev­ery­thing you’re do­ing to cel­e­brate Nel­son Man­dela’s legacy at the (Global Cit­i­zen) fes­ti­val. Sorry I can’t be with you — but how about Canada pledges $50 (mil­lion) to (Ed­u­ca­tion Can­not Wait) to sup­port ed­u­ca­tion for women and girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it.”

Noah then flashed Trudeau’s tweet on a big screen to his world­wide au­di­ence, and Trudeau’s per­sonal mis­sion was ac­com­plished. He was again centre stage. The Lib­er­als claimed, of course, that the do­na­tion had been three weeks in the mak­ing. But so what if it was?

“This is amaz­ing,” Noah shouted out to the con­cert crowd and then, on cue, Trudeau’s $50-mil­lion tweet was up­loaded for view­ers.

This would be like what to Trudeau, a drug rush?

What Con­ser­va­tive Leader Andrew Scheer is propos­ing is to cut Canada’s $6-bil­lion for­eign aid by 25% and fo­cus only on the need­i­est.

This, of course, makes per­fect sense to ev­ery­one ex­cept those who make their bucks off the poverty in­dus­try.

What got short shrift, how­ever, was Scheer’s prom­ise not to take a sin­gle penny from for­eign aid des­tined to or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port­ing abor­tion — not one cent.

As soon as the elec­tion mud re­ally be­gan to fly, the Trudeau Lib­er­als have been try­ing to de­mo­nize Scheer as if it’s a sure thing he will re­open the abor­tion de­bate the mo­ment he’s PM, as well as same-sex mar­riage.

The re­sult was an­other pile-on against Scheer in Wed­nes­day’s French-only lead­ers’ de­bate hosted by fran­co­phone me­dia gi­ant Que­becor.

De­spite be­com­ing blue in the face re­peat­ing that those is­sues were long ago set­tled by Cana­di­ans, and that he has per­son­ally deep-sixed them too, the Trudeau Lib­er­als keep churn­ing it out as if Scheer is some wild-eyed evan­ge­lis­tic con­spir­a­tor with a se­cret agenda.

If so, Scheer must be the great­est ac­tor ever seen, per­haps even a bet­ter than the drama queen him­self.

But that’s prob­a­bly ask­ing too much of the Lib­er­als.

They’ve been pro­grammed into be­liev­ing the sun rises and sets on their leader, de­spite more than am­ple ev­i­dence now that he’s “not as ad­ver­tised.”

It’s a dilemma that comes with wor­ship­ping false gods.

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