If only the Prime Minister followed his own advice.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
Speaking at the New York University graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked a big game about political leadership. He told students to reject identity politics, tribalism and ideology, and to embrace people with differing views and opinions.
Trudeau, the inspirational speaker, should meet Trudeau, Canada’s embroiled Prime Minister.
In real life, Trudeau stokes fear and division at every opportunity. He assumes the worst of his political opponents, especially if they’re conservative, and inserts identity politics into every decision made by his government.
That’s not an exaggeration. The 2018 budget explained how the feds now require a “gender-based analysis” through the lens of “intersectionality” – the academic word for identity politics – in reviewing every single government policy.
Trudeau’s own government was created on the basis of identity politics. He used a quota to ensure that 50% of his cabinet positions were held by women, promoting several ministers beyond their competency and leaving them to fail in positions they were never qualified for in the first place.
Why would he govern our country this way? “Because it’s 2015,” he said with a smirk.
Trudeau’s use of identity politics has been appalling, but that wasn’t even the worst contradiction of his ‘sunny ways’ address.
Trudeau’s government is facing a constitutional crisis – a crisis of unity, the rule of law and of Canada’s very purpose as an economic union. And yet, our prime minister has prioritized yet another international junket, this time to speak to privileged American students at one of the world’s most expensive schools. Forget leadership, it’s always about headlines and selfies for Trudeau.
Meanwhile, back on planet earth, Trudeau’s finance minister was left to announce a desperate scheme to restore confidence in the Trans Mountain pipeline. After months of inaction and a refusal to stop illegal blockages of the pipeline, the Trudeau government is now resorting to bribing Kinder Morgan with taxpayer dollars.
But Kinder Morgan doesn’t want a handout, it wants Canadian laws to be upheld so it can move ahead with its project – the one the Trudeau government already approved.
Under Trudeau’s watch, radical ideologues and foreign-funded protesters have set the agenda and derailed the system. They’ve cancelled two pipelines already, and have their eye set on a third.
A taxpayer handout isn’t going to stop the B.C. government’s threats to ban tanker ships carrying Alberta bitumen. It isn’t going to stop the illegal blockages or foreign-funded zealots who intimidate and threaten pipeline workers.
This is a crisis – and one that Trudeau has no idea how to address.
And rather than standing up for Canadians, especially the hard-working folks who work in the natural resources sector – the backbone of our economy – Trudeau prioritizes his own international junkets and speaking gigs. Everyday Canadians are ignored, taken for granted, and often even mocked and demonized by this government.
In his NYU speech, Trudeau compared so-called “climate deniers” (a slur equating skeptics of his carbon taxes to Holocaust deniers) to those who practice female genital mutilation – a cruel and barbaric practice that Trudeau, ironically, has failed to address.
Trudeau’s environment minister said she has “no time for folks” who disagree with her on carbon taxes, and his finance minister called these same people “Neanderthals.”
How can Trudeau boast about his leadership when he doesn’t have the faintest clue how to lead Canada’s energy policy through this crisis?
That’s the thing about giving inspirational speeches to impressionable young liberals – you don’t have to follow your own advice.