Trudeau Is Losing The Media
Canada's belovedly moronic Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has had the privilege of having most of Canada's journalists and media figures eating out of the palm of his hand. However, following endless weeks of embarrassing and indefensible acts of absurdity and corruption, the tides appear to finally be turning against the dainty half-wit. Well, maybe not at the CBC, but most Canadians have stopped giving those raving lunatics at the state broadcaster their ears and eyes—so no one gives a damn about them.
Here are the most magnificent, hand-selected Canadian headlines that have been dogging Gerald Butts and his sidekick over the previous few weeks.
After showing a steady lead in public opinion surveys for more than two years after his surprise October 2015 election victory, Trudeau appears to be politically vulnerable. And that’s despite a buoyant economy, what’s seen as a steady hand in NAFTA trade talks with President Trump, and a weak political opposition.
“All of a sudden, we saw this drop,” said David Coletto, chief executive of Abacus Data, an Ottawa polling firm, referring to his company’s latest poll, completed in early March. “It’s the first time since Trudeau became prime minister that we have results showing the Conservatives slightly ahead.”
CBC’s Poll Tracker, which aggregates and weights the results of a dozen opinion surveys, reported in late March that the opposition Conservative Party is now in the lead, at 37.7 percent of voting intentions, compared with Trudeau’s Liberals, at 33.7 percent. The left-of-center New Democratic Party was third at 18.5 percent.
Amid a clear meltdown in Liberal government poll support, new moves on gender and tolerance issues were met by a head-shaking, eye-rolling, derision-snorting reaction from a public fed up with the excess of it all.
The government’s proud plan to road-trip consultations on racism, with an eye to infusing every policy with anti-discrimination measures, was quickly put on ice. Quebec MPs in the Liberal caucus sounded the alarm about the perils of cross-Canada hearings whipping up Islamophobia or worse.
And that bizarre Service Canada decree to ban gender specific terms like ‘father’ or ‘mother’, ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ from all telephone communications had the government doing backflips to insist the policy had been refined.
The message seems to be finally getting through: Justin Trudeau has become so identified with kumbaya peoplekind priorities that he’s lost the appearance of leading a serious government.
What does seem to be true, however — at least anecdotally, in my experience — is that Trudeau is experiencing a slump in his reputation even among die-hard Liberals. Some say they’re expressing their displeasure by withholding donations or their volunteer work; others say they’re going to skip next month’s convention.
I asked the Liberal party this week how registrations were going for Halifax, and spokesperson Braeden Caley said interest is brisk, possibly surpassing attendance numbers for Winnipeg two years ago.
Even if that does turn out to be true, I suspect the mood may be much different this year. I think there may even be Liberals who are going to Halifax to lay some concerns on the table — nervousness about the ways in which Trudeau has been looking out of touch, not just with average Canadians, but with his own party.
A majority of Canadians say Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to India was not a success, a new poll shows, as the Opposition Conservatives call on the Prime Minister to apologize for the diplomatic debacle in the House of Commons.
A new Nanos/Globe and Mail survey found that more than three-quarters of Canadians view Mr. Trudeau’s trip to India last month as not a success or somewhat not a success, with only 12 per cent of respondents saying it was a success or somewhat a success.
This government’s insistence on viewing the world through an “equity lens” is pervasive and exhausting, not to mention distorting.
Whether the PM is hectoring rich guys about the joys of hiring women at the World Economic Forum in Davos as he did in January (to a crowd, as Rachel Giese wrote in Chatelaine, that would be described by the less genteel as a “sausage-fest”) or bragging that Canada’s new peacekeeping effort as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali will include plenty of women in uniform because of Canada’s unabashedly feminist foreign policy, he’s relentless and wearing, as are his ministers.
Mostly, it’s also unnecessary. If there are women in the aviation task force and support troops being sent to Mali, then of course they should go. If there aren’t, then so be it.
But of course for this government, that’s never enough.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Research Bureau awarded a $100,000 contract in 2016 to Christopher Wylie, the whistle-blower at the centre of a global controversy over the misuse of data from tens of millions of Facebook users.
The contract for a short-lived pilot project was no one-off: It was among many interactions between Mr. Wylie, the data-driven political entrepreneur, and the federal Liberal Party stretching back nearly a decade.
The revelation on Wednesday about the contract with Mr. Wylie’s company, Eunoia Technologies, brought to Parliament a controversy over allegations that global consultants wrongly obtained and data-mined volumes of personal information from the social media giant to motivate or manipulate voters.
Party insiders say that, starting in 2008, Mr. Wylie was a Liberal volunteer and researcher who played a role in introducing and shaping the party’s drive toward data-driven techniques.
We’re going in. After two-and-a-half years of political hand-wringing, the Trudeau government has finally announced that Canada will send at least six helicopters and as many as 250 troops to Mali.
This was never a good idea, and it still isn’t. It originates not in sound military planning or wise foreign policy, but in the spin room of a Liberal Party that promised during the 2015 election campaign to “renew Canada’s commitment to peacekeeping operations.”
For the record, that promise has still not been kept, because this is not a traditional United Nations peacekeeping operation of the kind evoked by the Liberal campaign.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have lost his almost magical hold on the public imagination of Canadians. Polling results and the early stages of the Ontario election campaign show something like an anti-Justin wave rolling through the country. This doesn’t yet mean the Conservatives have already won the next federal election, but the national political game has unmistakably changed.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives appeared to be going out on a frail limb a week ago when they chose combative cost-cutter Doug Ford as their leader for the imminent provincial election. For the Ontario voters who helped put Mr. Trudeau and his sunny-ways, deficits-are-OK Liberals in power 2½ years ago, Mr. Ford would represent a dramatic change of heart.
If that’s the test, the Liberals have flunked, big time. After three years in power, openness has given way to opacity. Just this week, it took a grilling by the opposition to get the prime minister to admit that he received an overnight bag from the Aga Khan as a gift during his now-infamous vacation on Bell Island. Trudeau hadn’t disclosed the gift because it was deemed “unacceptable” by the Ethics Commissioner, and thus did not have to be publicly disclosed due to the wording of the Conflict of Interest Act, which only requires the disclosure of “acceptable” gifts over the amount of $200, other than those from a relative or friend. Trudeau still refuses to reveal the value of the gift or what happened to it, and while it might appear petty to insist on knowing whether the bag was Walmart or Vuitton, that’s what you get when you win power over promises to “do things differently” from your secretive predecessors.
The bigger issue, however, remains the government’s continued stonewalling on the Atwal affair, which has already engendered one filibuster and threatens to spawn another. In this case, the Liberals are refusing to allow national security adviser Daniel Jean to explain to MPs remarks he made during a media briefing, that forces within the Indian government sought to embarrass Trudeau by inviting Jaspal Atwal, a former Sikh extremist and convicted attempted murderer, to state functions on the prime minister’s recent tour of India.