Why talk about the present day when settled issues can be fought all over again?
The Trudeau Liberals should be talking about their record in government.
After all, that’s what a party proud of their record would be doing as they seek re-election.
But with multiple promises broken, the economy slowing, corruption allegations swirling, Ethics Law violated, and a vast majority of Canadians saying the Liberals don’t deserve to be re-elected, it appears the Liberals don’t have much of a record to talk about.
So, instead of campaign on their record, the Liberals are campaigning against 2005 Andrew Scheer.
A video of Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage has been ‘unearthed’ by the Liberals. ‘Unearthed’ in this case means publicizing something that was already in the public domain. The video shows Scheer making remarks opposed to same-sex marriage, a position that was shared at the time by many people, including many Liberal politicians, and even then-US Senator Barack Obama.
Scheer and the Conservatives have since made clear that they support the law which provides same-sex couples with the right to marry, and Conservative delegates voted 1,036 to 462 in favour of ending the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
So, this is a settled issue.
Except for the Liberals.
The Liberals are trying to bring the settled issue up once again, in a manipulative effort to link Scheer’s choice not to attend pride parades with him supposedly being against same-sex marriage in 2019.
They’re ignoring the fact that 14 years have passed since Scheer’s remarks, and that 2005 Andrew Scheer is not who they’re actually running against. In reality, the Liberals are running against 2019 Andrew Scheer, who has stated that there will be no change to laws regarding marriage, and who leads a party that is no longer opposed to same-sex marriage.
It must be said that someone can choose not to attend pride parades and still support equality for LGBT people. To say otherwise is simply an attempt at demagoguery and division.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the Liberals are also campaigning against former PM Stephen Harper, pretending that he is somehow still in power rather than taking responsibility for their own record.
This is a time-worn political tactic for a desperate political party: If you can’t defend your record, attack the other guy. And if the other guy isn’t a good enough target, invent a fake version of your opponent and campaign against that.
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