Monday, December 15, 2014

Harper Derangement Syndrome, Bullying, and Inconvenient Facts

In his book Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America, Ben Shapiro does a masterful job of dissecting the left’s mindset in debating political issues. It’s amazing how many believe in free speech – a supposedly liberal concept – until someone says something they don’t agree with. Then the gloves are off. Name calling, slander, and shouting nonsense at the opponent becomes fair game.
Shapiro trained under Andrew Breitbart, an American conservative who helped found The Huffington Post along with others like Arianna Huffington. Breitbart thought this was an important multi-partisan experiment for two reasons: 1) having articles from columnists of all political stripes would result in a clash of ideas, and the readership would thus be able to decide which ‘side’ was correct; and 2) the comments sections appearing under each columnists’ article would publicly expose the hyper-partisan, left-wing vitriol that is constantly flung at conservatives who dare express their opinions.
After this weekend’s antics, it’s apparent that Canada’s left is learning a lot from their American friends – bringing was they purportedly decry as “American-style” politics into Canadian political debates.
On Friday I published a piece in the Prince Arthur Herald and the Huffington Post. It appropriately called Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to task for his dictatorial treatment of the Liberal Party as his little playpen. All I did was reiterate already well-known and published facts:
- Trudeau admitted that he admires China’s dictatorship
- Trudeau called in the police to silence dissent and to “acclaim” Andrew Leslie as the candidate for Orleans. It was just the latest in a series of suspicious "elections" to take place with direct interference from the leader's office.
- Trudeau unilaterally declared that all Liberal candidates would be required to vote pro-choice
- Trudeau unilaterally expelled the Senate Liberals (but not really)
That's it. Those four points have been universally reported upon by left-leaning, centrist, and right-leaning news organizations. No big deal, right?
I concluded by asking whether a Prime Minister Trudeau would behave in the same manner as he has with his Liberal Party. At the time of this writing, about 80 hours since the first piece was published, the article has been liked over 10,000 times and shared, tweeted about, and commented on thousands more. Great. It shows that Canadians agree with the message that Trudeau has taken over the Liberal Party and made it his own fiefdom, his own palace where he can do and say whatever he wants.
However, a small but verbal group of Liberals didn’t like that their leader was being mentioned in the same breath as a Chinese dictatorship – even though it was Trudeau who mentioned his admiration for them in the first place.
What ensued would have made even the bullies in Shapiro’s book blush at how well they learned from their American friends. They attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They deflected. They name-called. They attacked the Prince Arthur Herald and the Huffington Post for daring to publish an article that stated facts. They cited laughable conspiracy theories. They brought up statistics about irrelevant topics. They attacked Prime Minister Harper some more. They attacked me some more. Everything-and-the-kitchen sink was thrown about in the most transparent attempt to change the channel. All of these are bully tactics used to bash, belittle, and silence opponents rather than engage in legitimate debate.
The Big Shift documents a “seismic” shift in Canada’s culture, governance, business, and future for a multitude of reasons. Many of the changes, according to Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, have happened under Conservative governments, whose grassroots policy development and understanding of Canadians’ values have helped them win elections while the Liberals sit in the corner shaking their heads. Those Liberals – “The Laurentian Consensus,” as Bricker and Ibbitson call them - can only shake their heads and belittle their opponents as they arrogantly await their return to power under a new Messiah.
The Liberals, as the arrogantly-once-assumed-to-be-natural-governing-party-of-Canada, are still new to actually having to create policies and ideas that appeal to people. They’re used to putting all their faith in one leader and trusting that he’ll bring them to power. It’s much easier to slander those who disagree with the Messiah than actually question whether he’s really the chosen one and whether he's doing the right thing.
At first, I thought this weekend’s bully tactics demonstrated how little the Liberal Party had changed since Trudeau was anointed leader. But now I realize: this isn’t his father’s Liberal Party.
Daniel Dickin is the author of Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record, available in e-book and print through the publisher and Amazon.ca.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Justin Trudeau runs his party like a dictatorship - why would he run Canada any differently?

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald and Huffington Post


It's becoming clearer as the days of Trudeau's Liberals wear on: if elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau would turn Canada into a dictatorship.
This is the man who admitted he "admires China's basic dictatorship." It wasn't just a sarcastic comment - he seriously said that he admires the dictatorship because they can get things done quickly.
And it's becoming clearer that Trudeau not only admires the dictatorship -- he runs the Liberal Party like one too.
How else can one explain the police-enforced acclamation of Andrew Leslie as the Liberal candidate for Orleans? Even with hundreds of Liberals attending the meeting to show their support for another candidate (and former Trudeau leadership rival), it was clear from the beginning that Leslie was Trudeau's hand-picked favourite, and certainly wouldn't be stopped by pesky processes like "democracy."
Just the imagery of Trudeau's chosen candidate being selected with police intervention is scary. It shows that Trudeau doesn't just admire China's dictatorship -- he would practice one if he had the chance.
The nomination in Orleans is only the latest rigged "open nomination." Despite Trudeau's promises to actually, you know, practice democracy, at least a half dozenLiberal nominations have been rigged or tampered with through the direct intervention of Trudeau's office: mysteriously disqualifying candidates, changing nomination dates, paperwork going "missing," and using dirty "back-room" politics to ensure the leader's candidate is chosen at any cost.
But those are only Liberal candidates; surely Trudeau would loosen his grip on his caucus colleagues once they've been elected, wouldn't he? Unfortunately, no. The Liberal caucus randomly learned one morning early last year that their leader had come up with a new diktat: that all Liberals would be expected, no, requiredto vote pro-choice. When Trudeau's pathetic attempted defence (that they were "the party of the Charter," obviously missing those small sections about freedom of conscience and religion) agitated more than a few Liberal MPs, he attempted to invent some weird "grandfathering" rule. But then he went back on that too.
The result is that Liberal MPs who dare question the diktat of Trudeau are being punished. Those who dare disagree have already been punished, resigned, or indicated that they won't seek another term in office -- at least not under the iron fist of Trudeau.
Or we can look to the expulsion of those kinda-sorta-maybe "Senate Liberals," who were unilaterally expelled (but not really) by Trudeau without the slightest consultation with the Senate Liberal leadership.
The Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau has become a dictatorship. The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him.
Now that we know that Trudeau runs his party like a dictatorship, we must ask ourselves: is there any indication he wouldn't do the same as the leader of Canada?
Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision?
Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.