Trudeau's lack of seriousness is behind all these messes

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

September 6, 2018

Not too long ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could rely on his star power to get him through tough political times.

No matter the controversy — when he violated ethics laws, when his budget deficits went billions over budget, when he gave Omar Khadr $10.5 million — Trudeau could trust his pals in the media to change the subject with a puff piece or a torqued article about how Trudeau was doing everything right.

Trudeau particularly used his celebrity to woo liberal journalists south of the border. It was an interview with the New York Times magazine that Trudeau revealed his vision for Canada — as a “post-national state” with “no core identity.” Funny how he’s never repeated that to the Canadian media. But the Times ate it up and spat out a glowing feature about Trudeau’s Canada.

Next, Trudeau headed over to The Rolling Stone for another love-in; this time, he was featured on the front cover. “Why can’t he be our President,” read the snarky headline.

But everything changed for Trudeau earlier this year during his disastrous junket to India.

Nothing seemed to go right for Trudeau; he was ridiculed for his inappropriate costumes and dances, shunned by top Indian officials, caught with a Khalistani extremist in his entourage, and exposed for the crass partisanship of the trip.

To top it all off, Trudeau’s office was caught meddling in the civil service — covering up Trudeau’s cringe-worthy mistakes by blaming it on “rogue Indian agents.”

Writing in the Washington Post, Indian journalist Barkha Dutt summed up the feelings of many disillusioned liberals: “I confess, from afar, I used to be a Trudeau fan-girl. But after this trip, I’ve changed my mind… Suddenly, all that charisma and cuteness seem constructed, manufactured, and, above all, not serious.”

It only took a week for Indians to discover that Trudeau is “not serious.” Canadians have been living with consequences of this lack of seriousness for nearly three years.

The latest casualty of Trudeau’s antics is the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Last week, the U.S. and Mexico announced that they had reached a trade deal — sans Canada.

When Trump was first elected, his ire was directed entirely at Mexico. He said he had “no problem” with Canada. That was, until he got to know Trudeau a little better.

While Mexican officials worked tirelessly to make a deal, the Trudeau Liberals mocked and provoked Trump. Trudeau insisted on including his leftist pet causes in the new NAFTA deal — including feminism and climate change, I kid you not — then failed to take a call from Trump the day the new U.S.-Mexico deal was announced.

Canadian negotiators are now scrambling to make a last-minute deal amidst threats of a 25% tax on Canadian auto imports.

It goes without saying these tariffs would be devastating for Ontario’s economy — about as bad as the three canceled pipelines have been for Western Canada.

Trudeau can still rely on some Canadian news outlets to spin him out of this mess, but the chorus has shifted. Trudeau has lost his lustre, and has been the subject of a number of devastating American articles calling him “underwhelming” and accusing him of “insufferable moral arrogance.”

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