Trudeau Liberals get “F” for lack of transparency & contempt of Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Ministers are clearly showing contempt for Canadian voters and the Canadian Parliament. In December, the PM and his family took a trip to a private island owned by billionaire the Aga Khan billing Canadian taxpayers $100,000+ to pay for the trip. Talk about an attitude of entitlement! As a result, the whole matter is being investigated by the Ethics Commissioner.

Then, recently, we heard that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan exaggerated his war record in Afghanistan in a speech he gave in India on April 18, 2017 when he claimed that he was “the” architect of Operation Medusa. In fact, this exaggerated claim was made before in a CBC interview in 2015. (See also this Google search page for videos of that earlier interview.) So, how was it only a mistake this time?

Anyway, you would think that both of them would be more than ready to set the record straight in Question Period. Yes, apologize but pay the consequences as well. In Sajjan’s case, by resigning. In the PM’s case, by paying the travel expenses out of his own pocket.

Yet, when asked questions on those matters this week, both used robotic non-answers that showed nothing but contempt for their questioners and Parliament itself. Sad really, But, as a former professor, if I were grading the Trudeau Liberals, using their own criteria regarding transparency and accountability, I would have to give them an “F” for failure.

And, here are two examples that illustrate that failure, courtesy of a May 12, 2017 CBC column by Robyn Urback. (H/T NewswatchCanada)

(1) Prime Minister Trudeau was asked how many times he has met with the Ethics Commissioner regarding his December 2016 trip to the private island of the Aga Khan.

  • His first reply: “Mr. Speaker, as you know, I am always pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, as I have always said, I am very pleased to meet with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner and work with her to answer any questions she may have on this subject or any other.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have. That is what Canadians expect of the prime minister and that is exactly what I am doing.”

(2) Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was asked why he claimed he was the architect of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan — when he was not.

  • His first reply: “I in no way intended to diminish the great work that our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces have done, and their superiors, and I am truly sorry for it.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”

And, on and on it goes and we are not even half way through the Liberals’ four year mandate. The crux of the matter is that the PM and Sajjin’s responses show contempt, not only for the voters who gave the Liberals a majority government, but for Parliament itself. What Sajjin did was certainly a “mistake” as both he and the PM claimed, but it was more than that as well– especially since it was the second time he made the “mistake.” Meaning, from the get-go, it was a lie. As for the PM’s contempt, billing more than $100,000 to the taxpayers for his family’s deluxe trip showed a complete lack of judgement.

Canadian PM Trudeau’s “sunny ways” really meant entitled “arrogant ways”

Trudeau caucus swearing in at Rideau Hall October 2015. Click for photo credit Ottawa Citizen.

How many Canadians remember the results of the Canadian federal election in 2015? It was a majority Liberal government under Justin Trudeau’s leadership. How did that happen?

It happened because the Liberals and the liberal media convinced voters that the Trudeau Liberals were different from the Adscam Liberals. They were “sunny ways” from beginning to end! Transparent, fair and equitable!

And, most important, of course, unlike the Harper Conservatives, the Liberal Cabinet would not be governing from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). No, no, never!

What hogwash that spin was.

Here we are, only a year and a half  later and we now know that these new Liberals are just as arrogant and entitled as the old ones — perhaps even more so.

A few examples of that attitude:

(1) The Trudeau Liberals continually try to shut down opposition debate and standing orders in the House of Commons by pretending they are trying to “modernize it.” In fact, the Liberals recently tried to change parliamentary rules so that the PM only had to be in Question Period once a week;

(2) Trudeau Cabinet Ministers take no personal responsibility to resign when they have been caught in outright lies. For example, Minister Maryam Monsef and the Liberal Party of Canada lied during the 2015 election campaign about where she was born– Iran as opposed to Afghanistan. Then, this past week, we learned that Defence Minister Harjjit Sajjan claimed to be Operation Medusa architect when he was not. A mistake? For sure. But an untruth nonetheless.

(3) PM Trudeau said in January, 2017, that the Liberals were going to end the cash-for-access Liberal fundraising. Well, he did something but it wasn’t to end them. We learned this week, he simply tweaked the policy around the edges. All they are going to change is to claim that all Liberal fundraising events are open to the public. Yea, sure. What non-Liberal is going to pay big bucks to attend such a partisan event?

(4) PM Trudeau billed Canadians taxpayers $127,000 for a Christmas vacation on a billionaires private island. That certainly takes a certain moxie of entitlement doesn’t it? So much for helping the middle class taxpayer.

(5) Then, of course, there is the issue of the role of staff in the PMO. Remember how the Liberals and liberal media berated the Harper PMO as too controlling. Well, guess what? The PMO under Trudeau is even more controlling. In fact, there are jokes that the PM’s senior adviser Gerald Butts is the man behind the curtain — meaning the real PM. Remember too that each Minister was given their marching orders after being sworn in.

(6) Today I learned that political correctness and identity politics is now running the country’s university human resource departments. Specifically, Chris Hannay of the Globe and Mail writes about the “targets” universities have to meet in terms of diversity of hiring — if they don’t want to lose their federal research chair funds. Pathetic to say the least.

Of course, I could go on and on (e.g., I didn’t even get into their outdated and unrealistic climate policies) but I believe my point is clear. Liberal progressive ideology is destroying the very fabric of Canada. The crux of the matter is that 2019 can’t come soon enough for Canadian voters to show the Trudeau gang the door.

Trudeau Liberals & CPC leadership candidates misread Trump win at their peril

trump-wins-the-us-electionI found it interesting that Canada’s current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, our selfie and sunny ways PM, thinks he will get along with U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, no problem.

Talk about naivety and arrogance!

In fact, just visualizing the two of them together makes me smile — a mature accomplished billionaire versus a trust-fund middle aged man who got to be our PM because of his last name and through the same type of media manipulation that the U.S. media used for Barack Obama — but failed to do for Hillary Clinton.

However, most of the Canadian media doesn’t seem to have learned anything from the Trump vote result. For example, I watched Rosie Barton (who I like) and her Power Panel on CBC’s Power and Politics last night just to see what they took from the Trump election result.

Well, her liberal and progressive partisan guest panelists (Ian Capstick and Amanda Alvaro) seemed to be absolutely gob smacked. Tim Powers, the token conservative on the panel, did well however, explaining what the Trump could mean for Canadians. But Capstick seemed to have an overblown emotional breakdown right there on live TV. In fact, Rosie herself seemed positively stunned and seemed to tear up when she watched a few seconds of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

Good grief! The sky in North America is not falling!

Interestingly, I can still remember that some of those same panelists constantly suggested, even after they got a majority in May of 2011, that the Harper Conservatives were illegitimate because they only had 39.6% of the popular vote.

Yet, somehow the Liberals under Justin Trudeau received a “mandate” to do whatever they want — including completely changing the way we vote —  with 39.5% of the popular vote — a point less than the Conservatives got.

It’s called bias and intolerance because liberals and progressives truly believe they are right about everything. So, anyone who holds a different vision to theirs is unjust, racist, misogynist, bigoted, narrow minded and hateful.

Meaning, that when anyone holds a different view, they are supposedly guilty of spewing hate speech. For example, Vox writes that the Globe and Mail actually wrote a “Dear America” piece asking Americans not to vote for Donald Trump. And, I have heard that some university students in California had to skip classes they were so upset.

Good grief! As a former academic all I can do is scratch my head. Do their professors not teach them how to debate any more? Obviously not.

True, Trump has made lewd comments. But all the complaints against him regarding sexual misconduct are allegations and nothing more — complaints alleged to have been instigated by the Democratic National Committee.

Regardless, in spite of those questionable complaints, millions of American women voted for Trump because of his message of hope for jobs, as well as his rejection of elites and insiders. Frankly, I also think the women who voted for Trump looked at his children and figured the way they turned out was more of a true measure of the man than off hand comments he made years ago.

Anyway, the metaphor that comes to mind regarding that kind of liberal peripheral blindness is a group of horses with blinkers on hauling a large group of people in a wagon. Since the horses can only look straight ahead and don’t see what is actually going on around them or what is happening to the people in the wagon, they push ahead regardless.

Which brings me to the current lackadaisical Conservative leadership race. Apart from Kellie Leitch, who is thankfully ignoring a trashing by the Canadian media for her stance on Canadian values, most candidates seem oblivious to the reality that what conservative leaning Canadian voters want —  a leader that is VERY different from Trudeau. Yet, read this Brampton Guardian piece and it seems that what bothers most of the CPC candidates is not what the Liberals are doing but fear of offending anyone.

The crux of the matter is that I am sick and tired of liberals crying shame whenever a woman openly supports Trump. I am also sick and tired of PM Trudeau and his caucus claiming they have a mandate to do whatever they want and the Canadian liberal loving media usually agreeing with them.

Millions of Canadian conservatives are watching and waiting. Whether it be the First Passed the Post voting system (FPTP) or some other Canadian system, 2019 can’t come soon enough! I can only hope that the CPC leader elected in 2017 is ready to do and say what is necessary to win.

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Endnote: Welcome Jacksnewswatch and NewsWatchCanada readers. Want to read a liberal media hatched job on President Elect Trump? Read Andrew Coyne’s column in today’s National Post.  I used to like Coyne’s columns but unfortunately he has become a liberal shrill.

Media discovering Trudeau & his PMO not different from Harper’s

Trudeau in Saskatoon 1030Many in the Canadian mainstream media have been waxing lyrical over Liberal PM Justin Trudeau since he was elected last fall. In fact, sometimes the fawning has been embarrassing and Kardashian.

For example, I can’t remember where I saw it this week, but I read a column by a female reporter in a UK online paper that referred to our PM as Mr. Hotpants. Now, if that is not Kardashian, I don’t know what is.

Which brings me to the main point of this post. The PM is popular with the media, that we know. So, who are pulling his strings? How different is his PMO and former PM Stephen Harper’s?

Remember, Mr. Harper was always described as secretive and a control freak and that his staff went out of their way to keep he and his Cabinet away from Canadian reporters — at least from those in the national media.

Hmmm. So, let’s look at some of what we know about how Mr. Trudeau spent this week.

First there was the Cabinet retreat. As Mark Bonokoski wrote in the Sun earlier this week, when the Cabinet and the PM arrived in Alberta’s Kananaskis for a Cabinet retreat, only a “family” photo op was allowed.

No questions were permitted and certainly no details — although some facts about the agenda did leak out over the two days of the retreat, like a presentation on deliverology.

Then, yesterday, according to journalist David Akin, Mr. Trudeau made an historic visit to Shoal Lake 40, a Native reserve on the border between Ontario and Manitoba.

That reserve has been asking for federal government financial and expert help to deal with their drinking water problem for years and have been under a water advisory for 17 of those years!  So, the fact that the PM was visiting was newsworthy.

Good on Mr. Trudeau for visiting. The problem, however, is that Canadians, who paid the bill for the PM’s travel, are not going to find out the reason for the visit until a U.S. media outlet is ready to share their documentary.

Specifically, Akin says that Kate Purchase, the Director of Communications in the Trudeau PMO, advised all the Canadian media, including APTN, that they could not record the visit in any format because VICE Media, a New York based operation, was using the visit to prepare a documentary.

Meaning, Mr. Trudeau was more concerned about his media image and message control than he was about either the Shoal Lake drinking water problem or communicating to Canadians in real time.

The crux of the matter is that the Canadian media, the same media that constantly decried former PM Harper’s message control, is now seeing that the more these things change, the more they stay the same.

So much for sunny ways. So much for transparency. So much for doing things differently.

One hopes that the lack of media access at these two events at least removes the glossy shine on Mr. Trudeau’s halo.