Fall off high horse

PM needs to look in the mir­ror

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - LORRIE GOLD­STEIN lgo­ld­stein@post­media.com @sun­lor­rie

For some­one who re­peat­edly claims it’s the Con­ser­va­tives who will fight dirty in next year’s fed­eral elec­tion, while he’s go­ing to take the high road, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau should look in the mir­ror. Be­cause th­ese days, he’s sound­ing more and more like a sanc­ti­mo­nious twit. To be clear, all politi­cians “play pol­i­tics”. It’s a con­tact sport. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties ac­cuse their op­po­nents of “dirty pol­i­tics” ev­ery day, then prac­tice the same “dirty pol­i­tics” they just con­demned. But what’s dif­fer­ent about Trudeau is what ap­pears to be his per­ma­nent state of high mo­ral dud­geon and painful self-righ­teous­ness, on vir­tu­ally ev­ery is­sue. Ques­tion him on prac­ti­cally any de­ci­sion and you’re not just wrong, you’re evil. Chal­lenge his gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to trans­fer Terri-lynne Mcclin­tic, the vi­cious mur­derer of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, from a prison to an indige­nous heal­ing lodge, as the Con­ser­va­tives, and in par­tic­u­lar Lisa Raitt did on be­half of Tori’s out­raged fa­ther, and, ac­cord­ing to Trudeau, it’s be­cause they’re “am­bu­lance-chas­ing politi­cians”.

That was a day af­ter Trudeau crit­i­cized “the pol­i­tics of per­sonal at­tacks” — say­ing he would take the high road in the next elec­tion.

That was his theme up to the mo­ment his gov­ern­ment re­versed course and trans­ferred Tori’s mur­derer back to prison, by Trudeau’s bizarre logic mak­ing the Lib­er­als “am­bu­lance chasers”.

Ditto when Global TV broke the story that Statis­tics Canada was af­ter the bank­ing in­for­ma­tion of 500,000 Cana­di­ans, when Trudeau dis­missed op­po­si­tion con­cerns about po­ten­tial vi­o­la­tions of con­fi­den­tial­ity by go­ing off on an ir­rel­e­vant rant that Stephen Harper can­celled the long-form cen­sus.

That con­tin­ued right up to the mo­ment when the Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­versed course again, af­ter the pri­vacy com­mis­sioner said he hadn’t been in­formed by Statis­tics Canada of the scope of what it in­tended to do.

Now the project’s on hold pend­ing re­view.

Ques­tion Trudeau’s car­bon tax and ei­ther the prime min­is­ter or En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter Cather­ine Mckenna will ac­cuse you of not car­ing about sav­ing the planet for your chil­dren.

Ques­tion his gov­ern­ment’s “anti-is­lam­o­pho­bia” mo­tion, and you’re a bigot.

Ques­tion fed­eral pol­icy on ir­reg­u­lar/il­le­gal bor­der crossers and you’re a racist.

Trudeau doesn’t even have to be chal­lenged on some­thing be­fore telling us about how morally su­pe­rior he is.

For ex­am­ple when, out of the blue, he said im­mi­grants who come to Canada care more about it than peo­ple who were born here, be­cause nat­u­ral-born Cana­di­ans take Canada for granted.

No one would have ob­jected if Trudeau had said we’re all equal as Cana­di­ans no mat­ter where we were born, or when we ar­rived in this coun­try.

But that wasn’t his mes­sage.

It was an­other ex­am­ple of Trudeau’s con­stant need to preen, to por­tray him­self as morally su­pe­rior not only to the op­po­si­tion par­ties, but to Cana­di­ans who don’t share his views on po­lit­i­cal is­sues.

Cover pol­i­tics long enough and you re­al­ize that re­gard­less of which party they’re in, politi­cians are pretty much all the same.

Some are there for the right rea­sons and work hard. Some aren’t and don’t.

But they all con­demn in other par­ties, what they ex­cuse in their own.

Cor­rup­tion isn’t a func­tion of ide­ol­ogy, but of time spent in power.

It’s not that Trudeau and the Lib­er­als are morally worse than An­drew Scheer and the Con­ser­va­tives, or Jag­meet

Singh and the NDP.

It’s that they’re the same. Trudeau should get off his high horse, al­though in fair­ness he’s so high on him­self th­ese days he’d risk break­ing both legs in the fall.




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