Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New book exposes Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party in time for fall election

A new book has just been released into the Canadian marketplace, and it's a must-read for all voters before this fall's federal election. The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau is authored by Paul Tuns and looks at the record of the Liberal Party since Trudeau became leader in 2013.

Tuns starts with a brief review of Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, to illustrate defining moments in Pierre’s time as Prime Minister that influenced and shaped a young Justin. We are told of the sharp-witted and intelligent man, but also someone who mocked Canadians and soldiers by riding around town in a German army uniform, flaunting his dodging of the draft. We learn about Pierre’s arrogance and a vague “just society” premise to explain away everything his government did, at any cost. Tuns clearly read many mind-numbing pieces of literature to research his book, such as Justin Trudeau’s biography.

Tuns then turns to the fall of the Liberal Party and the “election” of Justin Trudeau a generation after his father had left office. Liberals have a way of anointing rather than electing their leaders – turning to a saviour to help them turn a new page, often with the result of sowing deep internal divides, which might help explain why so many Liberals have been tolerant of Trudeau’s constant screw ups since being elected as a Liberal MP in 2008 and becoming leader in 2013.

A central point of Tuns' book is that Trudeau is not serious about becoming Prime Minister – that he's using his pedigree for something to do, knowing he can return to lucrative speaking gigs (or maybe teach at Harvard, like disgraced Liberal leaders Dalton McGuinty and Michael Ignatieff). Indeed, Trudeau's history makes this plausible: he was a teacher for a few years but quit to begin an engineering degree, but quit to become a Masters student in the Environmental Geography program, but quit so he could tour the country giving speeches. (Trudeau would make $1.3 million between 2006 and 2009 for giving speeches, including while he was a sitting Member of Parliament.) This is not to say that teachers and motivational speakers should be restricted from pursuing elected office, but it is telling that Trudeau did not seek more significant experience before running for the job of Prime Minister.

Another important point in Tuns' book is that Trudeau can no longer be dismissed as a policy lightweight - as an “unbearably light” one-trick-pony whose only idea is to legalize marijuana. Indeed, Trudeau has made public proclamations on many other policies – it's just that those policies aren't that good, are not well thought through, and Trudeau offers little detail when asked:

  • He laughably promises “open nominations,” despite the fact that at least a dozen Liberal nominations have been called into question for direct interference by Liberal officials or Trudeau himself. That includes an Ottawa nomination where the police were called in to elect Trudeau’s preferred candidate.
  • He claims to want to help the middle class, yet can’t define who the middle class is.
  • He complained that the Conservatives were supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression and invasion, but would not articulate what he would do differently.
  • He complained the Conservatives were not investing enough money in infrastructure, but would not say exactly where the Conservatives’ $33 billion infrastructure budget should have gone.
  • He famously said that “growing the economy” would mean the “budget will balance itself,” but would not offer specifics on how he would grow the economy.
  • He has no policy on oil pipelines, whether they should or should not be used, and where they should go. Trudeau supports projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline, but blames the Conservative government for the American delay in approving or denying the project. He opposes other projects, often finding a way to blame the Conservatives.
  • As a self-proclaimed environmentalist, he railed against “the capitalist machine” but later adopted more moderate rhetoric, admitting he “wouldn’t last two weeks in office” with his far-left beliefs.
  • He makes vague claims that Canada should develop its resources “sustainably” and “responsibly,” but will not say what he would change about the Conservatives’ current approach.
  • He has continually supported a carbon tax, the same proposal that defeated former Liberal leaders Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. He has made it part of the Liberals’ 2015 platform.
  • He has eliminated conscience votes for his current Members of Parliament, telling them and prospective candidates that they all must be in favour of abortion. This drew heavy criticism from Trudeau’s own Catholic church, including a call for Trudeau to be kicked out of the church for going against his faith.
  • He has mocked women with a sexist “Ladies’ Night” that proposed “tough” questions like “what’s your favourite virtue?” and “who are your real-life heroes?” When he was asked a real question (which country besides Canada do you most admire?) by a woman who wasn’t there for Trudeau’s nice hair, Trudeau infamously quipped China, “because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to turn the economy around on a dime.”
  • He says putting criminals in jail is taking “the easy way out,” but would not give a Liberal plan to better rehabilitate criminals. He says he would repeal mandatory minimum sentences and the mandatory victims’ surcharge, which is used to help support victims of crime.
  • He initially voted to keep the long-gun registry, but has since downplayed his support for the failed $2 billion policy, claiming he would not bring it back if given the chance.
  • He initially voted to increase penalties for individuals using drugs, including marijuana, but since becoming leader has championed marijuana legalization as one of his core policies.

After reading Tuns’ book, the complete picture of Justin Trudeau is that this person is not ready to become Canada’s Prime Minister, and is likely unfit to even remain in his current position. Tuns concludes with a powerful statement: “One Trudeau was more than enough. There is no reason to risk another.” Easy to read, eye-opening, and well-researched, this book is a must-read before this fall's federal election.