What happened to Trudeau’s promise to ensure MPs represented their constituents instead of being shackled to the party-line?
Justin Trudeau’s authoritarian instincts emerged once again, as he punished Liberal MP Scott Simms for voting his conscience.
Simms – the MP for Coast of Bays — Central — Notre Dame – voted in favour of a Conservative motion that opposed Trudeau’s Canada Summer Jobs ‘values test.’
The widely-opposed policy forced Canadian faith organizations to sign a statement going against their most deeply held beliefs, or have their funding taken away.
After Simms voted his conscience, Trudeau removed him from his position as chair of the Commons Fisheries Committee.
As noted by the CP, “He said he was told it would be a whipped vote — meaning Liberal MPs were to toe the party line — but that he stood in favour of the motion anyway, because he believed the Conservatives had crafted it in a straightforward way and that the Liberals had gone too far. “This to me was a personal issue,” he said. “I just felt that it was an insensitive thing to do and we should have stepped back and worded it differently.”‘
Simms deserves credit for standing up for what he believes in, especially in the face of pressure from his party to do the opposite.
The fact that he was punished shows just how much Trudeau was lying when he said he wanted MPs to represent their own beliefs and the beliefs of their constituents – instead of just following centralized dictates from the PMO.
Trudeau heavily criticized Harper for centralized control, and while it’s true that Harper was often too controlling, Justin has taken things to a new extreme.
Harper regularly made sure that MPs could vote their conscience on contentious measures, whereas Trudeau imposes his own view on everybody, while punishing those who dare stand against him.
When it comes to dissent and disagreement, Trudeau is increasingly governing like an authoritarian (not a surprise from an admirer of China’s basic dictatorship), and his attitude poses a serious threat to democracy in Canada.
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