Legault attacks the liberals
Five people took the stage during Thursday’s final leadership debate. But six were actually there.
There should have been another podium for former Prime Minister Stephen Harper considering how many times Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mentioned his name or alluded to Harper’s alleged and imagined failures, as if it was somehow relevant for the 2021 elections.
Harper is like an itch that Trudeau cannot scratch after six years and two terms (one cut short by this snap election call) as leader of Canada.
He’s also a scapegoat to blame. Canadians are tired of hearing it.
The failure of the Liberal government to hit a single emissions target? Harper’s fault!
To sum up Trudeau’s defense on the abysmal path he led to Canada, the broken promises, the ethical violations, the destruction of the Alberta economy, the out of control debt, the carbon tax, suing the law-abiding gun owners while ignoring guns in the hands of criminals, creating division, condemning all Canadians as racist, secretive and outrageous COVID-19 spending – it all has to be somehow the fault of Harper.
The recent Léger poll where 30% of Canadians said Trudeau is the federal leader most out of touch with ordinary Canadians must certainly be you-know-who’s fault.
Trudeau was combative, evasive and proved weak during the debate with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet and Green Party leader Annamie Paul.
He piled more promises to make Canada a utopia on heaps of past promises he never kept.
He was attacked for his mismanagement of sexual harassment in the military, leaving countless Canadians and Afghan interpreters stranded in Afghanistan when it fell to the Taliban, his negligence in solving problems in long-term care homes. duration, the call of snap elections during a pandemic, and not bring home the Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig imprisoned in his beloved China since December 2018.
Moderator Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute, interrupted far too much and showed a bias in favor of Trudeau and Blanchet with leading questions. And Canadians did not tune in to listen to his little speeches.
Paul, who is at odds with her own party but hummed a silly “do we all get along” tune, had a brilliant moment when she challenged Trudeau who prides himself on being a feminist.
“A feminist does not continue to chase strong women out of her party when they are simply seeking to serve,” she said, specifically citing former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, former health minister Jane Philpott and MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
Trudeau put this little woman in her place by saying he wasn’t about to take caucus lessons from her.
Blanchet cares about Quebec and ensures the flow of the money he bleeds from the rest of Canada. Period. He admitted he was not interested in leading Canada. It is Canada’s luck that it never will.
Just about anything Singh was peddling should worry Canadians. The NDP advocates the destruction of the natural resource energy sector. His promises of crazy spending would be disastrous for the country. Other than his promise of “tax billionaires”, he gave no idea how Canada could afford its empty promises. He doesn’t have enough experience to run this country.
Party leaders have all pounced on Trudeau’s failures, but none have been as polite as O’Toole who has emerged like most prime ministers.
“He has great ambition, that’s part of the reason we’re in an election in a pandemic – that’s his ambition. He has no success. He never achieves his goals, ”said O’Toole.
Trudeau made weak attempts to defend his decision to call an election as the Taliban conquered Afghanistan.
“You called an election, sir. You put your own political interest ahead of the well-being of thousands of people. Leadership is about putting others first, not yourself, ”said O’Toole.
Of the whole gang, O’Toole is the only one to have promoted spending restraints.
And O’Toole is the only one who said he was “proud of his country and that he loved it”. That says a lot.
No wonder the polls declared him the winner of the debate.
A distressed Trudeau will likely find a way to blame Harper.
Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard