Trudeau’s Arrogance Puts Canada’s National Unity At Risk

Trudeau could learn something from Stephen Harper’s approach to Canadian national unity

Not many people are happy with the news that Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard wants to re-open discussions around the constitution in order to have Quebec possibly sign on.

The political establishment in particular isn’t pleased, because they never want to see any changes to anything.

And yet, despite the unhappiness, there is a good way and a bad way to handle it.

Justin Trudeau is choosing the bad way.

Trudeau’s only real response to Couillard’s constitution musings has been to say “We are not opening the Constituion,” over and over again.

Trudeau made those remarks immediately after word was given that Couillard wanted to discuss the issue, with reports that Trudeau may not have even read anything Couillard proposed before his immediate rejection.

Trudeau’s dismissive attitude has consequences.

Already, Trudeau is now being attacked as “dictatorial” and “disrespectful.” Separatists are using Trudeau’s instantly dismissive response as a way to recruit people to their cause.

After all, some will now argue that if Trudeau so quickly dismisses Couillard – an extremely pro-Canada Quebec Premier – who else could expect to be listened to by the federal government?

Arrogance

It’s not just that Trudeau dismissed Couillard. Very few at the federal level want to see constitutional talks. But it’s the arrogance of Trudeau’s dismissal.

Look at the language he used when talking about it:

“You know my opinion on the Constitution. We’re not reopening the Constitution.”

Trudeau is arrogantly stating that his opinion equals the opinion of the entire country. It’s the same way he handled electoral reform. He saw that his preferred preferential ballot system wasn’t going to replace first past the post, so he shut the whole thing down.

As I’ve said before, Trudeau thinks and acts like a King, not a democratic leader.

And as history has shown, arrogant autocrats lead to rebellions.

Harper’s approach

Stephen Harper’s approach to Quebec was far superior to Trudeau’s. It’s no coincidence that support for Quebec separation collapsed during Harper’s time in office. Even when he wasn’t personally popular in the province, support for separatism remained low.

That’s because Harper respected provincial jurisdiction, and refused to concentrate power in the federal government. When decisions are pushed down to a more local level, people feel less resentment to the federal government, and as a result, support for decoupling from that government declines.

On Canada’s national unity, Harper had it right, and Trudeau has it wrong.

Trudeau puts our national unity at risk

There are seemingly endless reasons Trudeau must be soundly defeated in 2019. We can add protecting the unity of our nation to that list. As long as Trudeau remains in power and arrogantly concentrates power in his hands, our nation will become more and more divided.

To secure the unity of Canada, Trudeau must be defeated.

Spencer Fernando

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