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FORSETH – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his own words

Justin Trudeau pauses for a few selfies after a town hall meeting. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

IT’S EASY TO BE BOMBASTIC and overly and sarcastically political; I admit it, I’ve done it myself. That said, today I am presenting some examples of Justin Trudeau’s leadership and style, and doing so using his own words.

As you read them you decide if they are reasonable, and whether they’re sincere.

I’m not going to try and answer this question, I’ll leave it to you to ask; “Does Justin Trudeau have the expertise, experience and fortitude to continue being our leader?”

I’ve gone back to the official government of Canada website, which contains the speeches of our Prime Minister, and captured some of the poignant and more salient comments.  Let’s start with a look at …

Ethics and Accountability

MP Cathy McLeod (Facebook 08/ 22) … the SNC scandal was never about jobs. The Prime Minister was found guilty of breaking Conflict of Interest Act for self serving reasons and to help well connected friends.

July 1, 2017

Let us be known the world over for our integrity, for our compassion, and for our never-ending desire to be better, so we can do better. That’s the Canadian way.

CBC Newswhether Trudeau has lived up to his promises is at least debatable, when it comes to electoral reform, the answer is fairly straightforward … Trudeau vowed that the federal election of that year would be the last conducted under the first-past-the-post system … as prime minister, he decided to walk away from that commitment.

On Engagement and Accountability with First Nations

CBC News … a First Nations NDP MP has written a biting, satirical letter to Justin Trudeau to “thank” him for controversial remarks he made about Indigenous youth, while taking aim at the prime minister’s suggestion that some chiefs are out of touch with the needs of young people living on reserve

Dec. 8, 2015

One of the ways we will advance that agenda for real change is by making sure that the voices of Indigenous Peoples are heard in Ottawa …

National Post … “rather than acknowledge the obvious — that a range of individuals had inappropriately attempted to pressure the former Attorney General in relation to a prosecutorial decision … a decision was made to attack Jody Wilson-Raybould’s credibility and attempt to blame her”

Which of course leads to Jody Wilson-Raybould

Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act … “The prime minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson-Raybould … was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the director of public prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson‑Raybould …”

Dec. 8, 2015

One of the ways we will advance that agenda for real change is by making sure that the voices of Indigenous Peoples are heard in Ottawa …

Jody Wilson-Raybould … “it has become very apparent to me that there can be, and must be, a different way of doing politics that reflects where our country needs to go and does not regress … these challenges require Ottawa to operate more openly and transparently in a spirit on non-partisanship and cooperation.

Dec. 6, 2016

Jody Wilson-Raybould is Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General … she is our government’s loud and clear message to our country that the laws of this land that were, and in many ways still are, used to control and constrain Indigenous Peoples …

BBC Newsearlier this year, Mr. Trudeau was accused of pressuring his former attorney general to cut a deal with a company facing corruption charges … Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Trudeau and his staff spent months trying to convince her that taking the company to trial would cost Canadians jobs, and their party votes. She also said she was subject to “veiled threats”

On Canadian / American relations … apologies in advance as I will be partisan in my comments

Justin Trudeau may naively think his ‘sunny’ ways are the way to win over Donald Trump, however we are indeed the mouse sleeping next to an elephant. Trump understands one thing, and one thing only – a firm and decisive position.  The comments in speeches by our Prime Minister, do not present that, as noted in the comments of Donald Trump, and in news stories:

March 10, 2016

Over $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the border every day – evidence of one of the largest and most mutually beneficial trading relationships in the world. One of our most popular exports to the United States has been another Justin – Justin Bieber. Now, this kid had a great year. And of course, leave it to a Canadian to reach international fame with a song called “Sorry.”

This is just me thinking, however I personally don’t believe most ‘adult’ Canadians really are concerned about the music, lyrics, or fame of Justin Bieber.  He’s a spoiled brat that’s got himself in multiple scrapes with authorities – not exactly a role model I’d wish our Prime Minister to bring up and associate with our country

Feb. 9, 2018

The fact is that … tenacity and focus are vital job requirements when it comes to working with the U.S. My father coined the expression that to be Canadian, living next to the United States, is like being a mouse, sleeping next to an elephant. Personally, I think of us as less of a mouse and more of a moose – strong, resilient, but still massively outweighed.

CBC News … the Trump administration imposed the tariffs on Canada — and the prime minister had a moment of revelation about the nature of the man he was dealing with … it was the first of many unpleasant wake-up calls for Trudeau in his dealings with the mercurial Trump

May 31, 2018

Today we find ourselves the target of punitive tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel … let me be clear; These tariffs are totally unacceptable … as we have consistently said, we will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.

VOX.com … it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal … “I can’t kill these people, Trump said of the Canadian government.  Trump said that any deal with Canada would be ‘totally on our terms.’

Oct. 1, 2018

… we’d respond as Canadians always have, in uncertain times. … we’d be constructive and reasonable. But we’d also be firm … and promote our values …

The province Trudeau calls home recently passed Bill 21, which would make it illegal for Congresswoman Ilona Omar to wear her hijab at work. The PM has now spoken out more stridently against a tweet by the American president than he has against an actual bigoted and unconstitutional law in his own country.

The Economy, Jobs, and the Middle Class

Nov. 26, 2015

When opportunities are limited, when people don’t think they have a real and fair chance to succeed, fear eats away at hope … middle class growth is much more than an economic imperative—it’s central to our unity as a nation.

Post Millennial … the Liberal government’s decision to drop tariffs on Chinese steel for the construction of two west coast LNG plants is absolutely ludicrous … they should be embarrassed … here’s a country that continues to dump …

Oct. 1, 2018

Our government’s purpose – first, last, and always – is to create the conditions to grow a stronger middle class, and improve opportunities for Canadians.

MP Cathy McLeod (Nov 2017) … “The Economic Statement has confirmed what many Canadians know to be true—the government has a spending problem … 80 per cent of middle-class Canadians are paying more in taxes and this government still is unable to balance the books and continues to take on more and more debt.”

March 9, 2017

… I understood – we understood – that there is no path to prosperity in Canada that does not include a thriving, vibrant energy sector – both traditional, and renewable. We understood that our resource industries provide thousands of well-paying, middle-class jobs …

The National Post (04/ 2019) … the problem is, according to a new report, the middle class is shrinking … faring particularly badly are millennials, who are less likely to reach middle-income levels in their 20s than their baby-boomer parents

Feb. 16, 2017

… the worry that our kids won’t have access to the same jobs and opportunities …  can be addressed only if we ensure that trade is inclusive, and that everyone benefits … we want hardworking folks to make a good living and support their families …

… this bill is an open and transparent attack on Canada’s oil and gas sector. It is an anti-pipeline bill poorly masquerading as an environmental bill. Environmental legislation should be based on science, but Bill C-48 is not. … rather, it is part of Justin Trudeau’s intent to ‘phase out’ Canada’s oil.

Let’s just call this one Hypocrisy

Dec. 4, 2018

And as a former teacher, I know that for kids to learn, classrooms have to be in good shape.

Washington Post (Oct 2015)(Justin Trudeau) decided to become a teacher to have “a positive influence in the world” – after working as a substitute teacher he got a regular teaching job at West Point Grey Academy, an elite private school for Grades 8-12 – his campaign plays down the fact that he taught mostly rich kids.

June 14, 2019

… as parents, we’re at a point where we take our kids to the beach, and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn’t littered with straws, styrofoam, and bottles … I want to be able to give my kids the experience I had growing up … enjoying the great Canadian outdoors.

Georgia Straight (March 2019) … the prime minister jetted off to a Florida island retreat in yet another example of the Trudeau family’s propensity for disappearing to a sun-packed paradise that most Canadians have never heard of … white, sandy beaches, lush greenery, private docks, and manatees frolicking in the water.

I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected in large part because of the charismatic words he spoke, and his acting performance.  The words and acting have continued over the past four years – but the words he has spoken do not match his actions.

The Guardian (08 / 2019) … “Brand Trudeau was squeaky clean and fresh and new and a different kind of politics” and it’s turned out that Brand Trudeau is, ‘Welcome to the new politics, just like the old politics.’

FOOTNOTE:

In the National Post yesterday (Sept. 2), commentator Kelly McParland stated … “Liberals go for maximum hypocrisy on Scheer’s abortion views.  The Liberals insist that Justin Trudeau can be a good Catholic while supporting abortion rights, but Scheer can’t be allowed to let his own faith go unquestioned.

HYPOCRISY INDEED one would have to believe.  Let’s take a look back to a story in CBC News from Nov. 3, 2011 … and the words of Justin Trudeau:

For someone to start questioning my own faith and accusing me of being a bad Catholic, is something that I really take issue with. My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with” … He notes that he is personally very opposed to abortion, but still believes nobody can tell a woman what she should do with her body.

I believe that Justin Trudeau is right to ‘take issue’ with those who would question his faith. Further, it’s not even a matter between him and the Catholic church, instead, it’s one between him and God.

Exactly why then, does he attack Andrew Scheer for holding the same belief?

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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7 Comments on FORSETH – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his own words

  1. Pierre … there seems to be an appearance that your concerns are not being taken seriously, so sure, I’ll offer a suggestion. Request a meeting with the head of the detachment, and try once again to presented t your document concerns to the local detachment — and specifically request what action can and will be taken, and in what time period.

    If nothing happens, then conat5ct the AG’s Ministry with the same material (Including time and date of meeting and who you met with), requesting action be taken — I’d also copy this to the RCMP British Columbia Headquarters (Diversion E) located at:
    14200 Green Timbers Way
    Surrey BC V3T 6P3

    • Well, thank you…very kind of you to get back to me. I am awaiting for a response from a constable who I sent information to regarding two incidents which happened yesterday for driving while distracted. I will give him a few days and if I don’t hear back mid-next week I will ask for a meeting with the superintendent. The scrooge of driving while distracted needs to stop. I want safety for myself, friends and family while using the public roads networks.

  2. He has apologized to just about every group you can find for the past so called ills of governments. He has not apologised to Canadians for his own failures since he has been in power, He has deflected avoided or just plain refused to take ownership and his cabinet has outright lied, or at the very least used partisan politics to the extreme such as the disgusting excuse for democratic justice committee hearings. A fine example of politics working for you and the power it carries. I will be very curious to see how Mr Lake can justify his support for someone that displays all or most of the leadership qualities that he did not care for.

  3. The job of the prime minister is an overwhelming one and if one really, really wants can always find a reason to be unhappy with certain undertakings…You need to focus on the positives Allan and remember one very important thing, Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals are still a better choice overall for the country. Because considering the “headwinds” we still are a better country than…the rest of the world.

  4. Lucky to have contributors who have not acquired the public disease of memory loss, at least in this article, Mel.

    • Thanks for your comment Pierre .,..

      I agree we can be not just unhappy, but we can also be disappointed. I just want to remind you that the quotes from our Prime Minister, which I used in this piece, span the full 4 years of his term in office, and show that he is not unwilling to do the exact opposite of what he says.

      • The truth being told I am disappointed too. I also know it is impossible to make everyone happy despite my best intentions and knowing I have done all the right things even when no one was watching…and I only deal with one small group of people! And another truism…while I may be disappointed with JT I know, without a shadow of a doubt, the alternatives will make me even more disappointed. I can only take so much disappointment!

        I also want some personal advice from you, since you are wise and outspoken. I have this household on my street where mother, daughters and boyfriends keep on driving back and forth while glued to their personal communication devices. I have forwarded plate numbers, dates and time of the day to the cops but the dangerous driving continues. What should I do? Or better, what would you do? Would Mel have any idea?

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