Two sides to ev­ery ar­gu­ment

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

Re: Trudeau and Trump will sur­vive 2019 -- barely (Jan. 9)

In his col­umn, An­drew Co­hen sinks his right-wing bash­ing to new low, char­ac­terzi­ing two prom­i­nent Con­ser­va­tive lead­ers as buf­foon­ish and dull,

His claim that Justin Trudeau has “ac­com­plish­ments” is ar­guable.

Let’s see:

• Le­gal­ized cannabis — the jury is still out on that one, with the Lib­er­als rush­ing through leg­is­la­tion and push­ing costs to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, while scoop­ing the lion’s share of taxes.

• Mid­dle-class tax re­lief — the Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­duced the sec­ond-low­est per­sonal in­come tax rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent. How­ever, at the same time, tax cred­its for chil­dren’s fit­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, text­books and pub­lic were elim­i­nated. As a re­sult, many Cana­di­ans are pay­ing higher taxes.

• Trudeau spent bil­lions on in­fra­struc­ture — the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has lit­tle to show for what has been spent on in­fra­struc­ture projects. ac­cord­ing to its own fig­ures. The par­lia­men­tary bud­get of­fi­cer re­ported that an in­fra­struc­ture plan “does not ex­ist.”

• Opened a di­a­logue with Indige­nous Peo­ples — Well, Trudeau has but, to date, there has been no mean­ing­ful ac­tion.

• Saved NAFTA — For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land Free­land made con­ces­sions to the U.S. and still has not re­solved the crip­pling alu­minum and steel tar­iffs.

• Un­em­ploy­ment is the low­est in a gen­er­a­tion — by in­creas­ing pub­lic ser­vice em­ploy­ees. Does that re­ally help?

If Mr. Co­hen re­ally be­lieves these are ac­com­plish­ments, please let him de­fend some of Trudeau’s other dis­as­ters: the en­ergy file with failed pipe­lines; pri­vacy breaches; ethics in­dict­ment; Phoenix Pay sys­tem fail­ure, il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, huge deficits and dam­aged in­ter­na­tional af­fairs with his em­bar­rass­ing In­dia trip.

I could go on but ac­knowl­edg­ing there are two sides to ev­ery ar­gu­ment is a valid point. Garry Goold Brant­ford

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