Five Reasons Trudeau Could Resign
It’s pretty clear by now that all the 2015 warnings that Conservatives were issuing about Justin Trudeau being “In Over His Head” and “Just Not Ready” have come to pass. It’s taken two and half years for Canadians to finally see what was clear to conservatives years ago. Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister has been a colossal mistake. 2018 marks the transition of Justin’s hijinks moving from delightful to embarrassing. The tipping point for Trudeau’s brand has now happened and the applause he got for every goofy thing he did in the past is now a liability. Combine this with the incompetence and corruption of the Liberal Party and a massive looming recession in the works and the recipe is set for a political trainwreck.
Will Trudeau be happy leading a dysfunctional party in a hostile environment through a massive recession? Is this what he signed up for? His whole shtick as leader was basically a goodwill gimmick in which he expected people to love him and applaud every weird little thing he did. He was bringing sunny ways to Canada and expected to virtue signal his way through a progressive mandate based on legal pot and social justice warrioring. Will he really want to watch his brand be mocked and degraded while his goofy band of post-modern, neo-Marxists attempt to solve a massive recession with woke posturing?
Justin Trudeau isn’t a Prime Minister... he’s a mascot. Is it worth it for a trust-fund baby to put up with the heat and the grind for the sake of being a mascot? As he begins to sink in the polls and it looks like defeat is on the horizon, I suspect Justin Trudeau will pull a Brian Mulroney and declare “Mission Accomplished!” and decide to step down to “spend more time with his family”.
#1. Trudeau is self-inflicting Alinsky's 5th Rule, “Ridicule is man's most potent weapon”
When the Conservatives realized they were up against Trudeau back in 2013, they attempted to smear him as “In Over His Head”. The main attack ad featured Justin taking his shirt off at a charity fundraiser and it cited some of his ridiculous comments from the past. Later they went all in on the “Just Not Ready” ads once they realized people liked him despite his foolishness.
It wasn’t enough and voters fell for the sunny ways hype.
After ten long years of a Nixonian-styled Harper, Justin’s hijinks seemed delightful to the reams of low-info voters looking for change. Being a delightful clown was acceptable before he held the office of Prime Minister, but as time has passed, his hijinks have become embarrassing enough and grating enough, that even regular low-info voters are noticing.
His only recourse is to become boring, but even then he is required to act as Prime Minister and his natural tendencies will reveal themselves. Besides, his base doesn’t want boring, so he’s stuck with either being who he is and revealing his clownishness to those that decreasingly love it, or pretending to be boring in hopes of defensively making it through another election.
Either way, he’s in trouble.
#2. This brand of Liberals will not handle the upcoming recession very well
We are long overdue for a real recession and multiple issues are building toward one in Canada. Jeff Hodgson wrote a Poletical article about this back in August called, Get Ready For The Next Recession. When it hits... it won’t be pretty and our federal government is being lead by people who don’t have a clue. When the 2008/09 recession hit, Harper and his team were caught flat-footed, but they quickly regrouped and weathered the storm better than most other countries around the world did.
This group of SJW Liberals are not going to be half as effective when faced with reality. If their track record from the past two years is any indication, a recession is going to leave them scrabbling for a safe-space and trembling at the unfair state of western civilization.
#3. Trudeau hates being criticized
Anyone running for Prime Minister has to have an extremely thick skin. No matter what you do or don’t do, loads of people will hate you for it. It’s a mean, irrational and degrading situation. Usually the Prime Ministers that succeed in Canada are extremely tough. In fact, roughly half of all Prime Ministers have served one term or less! Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper were tough. Justin doesn’t come across as tough except when in the boxing ring.
When he’s criticized, Justin gets petulant and dramatic and sour. He can take it from regular folks in town halls because I suspect he feels he’s vastly superior to those regular folk critics, but when the pile-on arrives from media or opposition, he despises it... and it shows.
When the Trudeau cheerleading ends and he starts getting treated in a more Stephane Dion manner, he’s likely to begin thinking, ”Why am I putting up with this?” Since he has money and the options that go with it, he’ll check out and move on to whatever tickles his fancy.
#4. He can use his position to live the life he truly desires
Justin Trudeau is like a grown up version of a rich kid in a John Hughes movie... popped collar and all. He’s treated the Prime Minister’s office as a launching pad for his high-status lifestyle of the rich and famous. His mascot-shtick has worn thin, but that’s what he does and it’s all he knows. Why not just forgo the partisan attacks and the boring responsibility of doing Prime Minister stuff and launch a post-politics career as a speaker and a beloved Canadian figure. It’s easier to be liked when you leave politics than when you’re in the thick of it. This would leave plenty of time for vacations and relaxation and house parties and driving your Dad’s convertible around town.
When and if that every gets boring he could get a show on CBC. Maybe one in which he travels around the world to exotic locations to investigate the effects of climate change. (“I’m here with Leonardo Dicaprio in the Marshall Islands! Let’s go look at that shoreline!” Cut to: Shots of yachting with bikini clad girls through the tropics.)
Or maybe some kind of United Nations nonsense that gives him a title and an aim like, “Ending poverty by 2030” or something. This way he could just show up for speeches and whatnot.
You get the idea.
#5. Why go out a loser?
Justin has a good political track record. He won a tough seat in Montreal and served a couple of terms as an MP. He won the Liberal leadership race against a slew of remarkable contenders. Then he went on to revitalize the Liberal Party and win a majority mandate on his first election attempt. It was a stellar rise and these accomplishments alone are worthy of praise.
But he has peaked.
All the reservations about his weaknesses are now on display and unlike his father, he doesn’t have a second act to follow his meteoric rise. The polls have already turned sour and it’s unlikely to correct course. If it looks like Justin isn’t going to get a second act, he’ll likely decide to quit instead of getting fired. This will allow him the stature to chase point #4 with more status and capital in his pocket.
Justin Trudeau was a mania while he lasted. In this day and age things change faster than during his father’s era. People learn quicker and trends change more radically. The world has already moved on from Obama-style politics. We’re now in a rough and tumble era of great men with nationalistic ambitions. Trump, Putin, Jinping, Duterte... these are the first names to begin this phase of leadership. Canada needs an equivalent in order to assert our interests and security. Canada being Canada... we’ll probably get someone who fits the bill ten years from now when everyone else around the world moves onto the next zeitgeist that steals the moment, but as of right now, Trudeau is yesterday’s man already and he may as well move on before he embarrasses himself further.
The next big question on the horizon?
Who will be the next Liberal leader?