We’ve devoted a lot of time to stupid things Justin Trudeau says. We thought we would do something different this time and have a look at the many, many stupid things that were said this summer, not by the Prime Minister himself, but by the caucus that he leads. So here are the highlights of this summer’s Liberal “bozo eruptions,” all in one place for your enjoyment.
1. Seamus O’Regan
“Immigrants are better at creating new businesses and new jobs than Canadian-born people. Simple,” stated the minister, matter-of-factly. O’Regan provided a link to a CBC news story with a misleading headline: “At creating new businesses, immigrants outpace Canadian-born people, StatCan finds.”
The Statistics Canada study actually showed that only a small percentage of immigrant-owned businesses had any employees, “resulting in a lower per capita job-creation rate”.
The authors found that Canadian-born business owners employ more people – on average nearly double compared to foreign-born business owners. In other words, the study found the exact opposite of what O’Regan and the CBC headline claim – Canadian-born business owners create more jobs, both per capita and in total numbers.
Leaving all that aside, however, why is a member of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet disparaging three-quarters of Canadians and pitting them against immigrants? Maybe for the same reason that our Prime Minister claimed that Canada “belongs” to immigrants more than to other Canadians.
2. Iqra Khalid
Iqra Khalid, Liberal MP for Mississauga-Erin Mills, rose to prominence in 2017 by introducing Motion 103. Motion 103, or M-103, as it is more commonly known, called on the government to condemn “Islamophobia” - a term popularized in the 1990s by a Muslim Brotherhood front group that promotes Sharia Law.
Khalid has been back in the news summer, however, after giving an award to a notorious anti-Semite. Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief of Palestine House, is a virulent anti-Israel activist with a history of making hate-filled, anti-Semitic statements such as “Israel and Hitler are the same”.
Khalid chose to honour this hatemonger with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of Justin Trudeau for his volunteer work during a barbecue in her riding - twice. Khalid did this in spite of having been previously warned of El-Maoued’s anti-Semitism, as many pointed out following Khalid’s apology.
Khalid also came under fire in April for introducing Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna at an event in Mississauga. Hanna has made statements in support of Bashar al-Assad, a brutal dictator who has gassed his own people.
3. Ahmed Hussen
Remember when a Conservative tried to define Canadian values and Liberals lost their minds? Liberal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen seems to have forgotten. When the voters of Ontario gave the Ontario Conservatives a mandate to respect their tax dollars, Premier Doug Ford and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod showed the temerity to ask Justin Trudeau’s to foot the bill for the illegal immigration crisis that he caused. Hussen responded by having some kind of breakdown during a press conference in which he castigated MacLeod, calling her “irresponsible,” “divisive,” “fear-mongering,” and “not Canadian”.
More recently, Hussen had another opportunity to pull out his insult thesaurus when he was asked about a Québécois woman who interrupted a speech Prime Minister Trudeau was giving in Quebec on August 16 to ask when the federal government would repay the Government of Quebec for the $146 million that Quebec says it has cost to handle an influx of illegal immigrants. Hussen let loose on the heckler, whom he characterized as “intolerant” and “racist,” even though he, notably, had no answer when he was asked directly what specifically the woman had said that was racist.
4. Catherine McKenna
Liberal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, last spotted in the news for stating that she had “no time” for Canadians who didn’t share her political views on environmentalism, has gone on an anti-plastic straw crusade this summer. McKenna has embarked on a nationwide tour to promote the need to reduce plastic waste.
Such is the fervour of McKenna’s anti-plastic advocacy that it has even led her to make statements that are not, strictly speaking, true. McKenna twice posted earlier this month that two different restaurants in her Ottawa Centre riding had completely banned plastic straws.Both restaurants were forced to clarify on Twitter after the Minister’s statements that straws were available upon request in their respective establishments.
5. Adam Vaughan
It would be an understatement to say that Spadina-Fort York MP Adam Vaughan was upset by the news that the Ford government had reduced the size of Toronto’s city council. Vaughan, whose riding is located in Toronto, published a bizarre series of tweets on August 16 in which he seemingly called for Toronto to secede from Canada.
“Toronto shouldnt [sic] be governed by Victorian concepts. A mindset that denied women votes & citizenship for Indigenous people,” Vaughan wrote. “It’s not about building a wall. It’s about building a city with bridges to the world that cannot be pulled up from outside.”
Vaughan’s tweets drew mockery even from his fellow Liberals. Vaughan was presumably responding to a proposal by Toronto mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat that Toronto secede from Ontario and become Canada’s eleventh province. Keesmaat subsequently abandoned her quixotic proposal.