By purposely damaging the economy in regions where the Liberals are unpopular, Justin Trudeau fails the test of leadership and destroys our national unity.
Unsurprisingly, whenever Stephen Harper speaks about Canadian politics and/or the economy, people like Gerald Butts tend to go a bit crazy.
After all, the Liberals – and Justin Trudeau in particular – still like to blame Harper for everything that goes wrong, even as the Liberals have been in power for six years.
The Liberals have tried blaming Harper for Canada losing out on the UN security council seat, pandemic unpreparedness, budget deficits, the payment to Omar Khadr, the Afghanistan situation, and more.
Since Canada has become increasingly divided by Justin Trudeau who is targeting the Canadian energy sector in the West, Liberals are now having a ‘strong’ reaction to Stephen Harper who points out the damage Trudeau’s policies are doing:
“His divisive climate nonsense will get headlines, but it’s Harper’s willingness to talk down his own country to foreign investors that’s really shocking behaviour for a former PM — especially but not exclusively because he’s wrong on the facts.”
His divisive climate nonsense will get headlines, but it’s Harper’s willingness to talk down his own country to foreign investors that’s really shocking behaviour for a former PM — especially but not exclusively because he’s wrong on the facts. https://t.co/LQCEFlrAm3
— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) November 10, 2021
Funny how Butts talks about how ‘shocking’ Harper’s remarks were, and claims the ‘facts’ are wrong.
Yet, when you look at what Harper actually said, it turns out the former Prime Minister’s comments were quite accurate:
“If I were today handling the climate-change issue, I wouldn’t be saying to myself, ‘You know, I have had three national elections, three governments [and] never won a seat in Montreal,’ ” he told the Canada West Foundation (CWF) event.
“ ‘And one of the biggest growth of global emissions is the aerospace industry,’ ” he continued. “ ‘Therefore, I am going to shut down Montreal’s aerospace industry because I don’t need to care about it because I don’t have any political interests there.’ ”
Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal Party, which won 35 seats in Quebec in the September, 2021, federal election, only secured two in Alberta and was shut out of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Harper said that in his opinion, the federal government under his tenure treated all regions fairly “whether they voted for us or not.”
He said that is not happening today under Ottawa’s climate-change policy.
“Obviously, the way some things are being handled today – where certain parts of the country are singled out in ways that others aren’t – I think is really inexcusable.”
The former prime minister said he believes this approach to climate-change mitigation is unusual. “Frankly, I don’t see that happening in other parts of the world.”
Where are the ‘wrong facts,’ in that?
What Harper said is 100% true. During his time in office, the federal government generally championed industries across the country, refusing to play favourites.
Now, under Justin Trudeau, it’s an entirely different picture.
We’ve already seen separatist sentiment rising in the West.
Alberta recently voted to end the equalization system, as that province has contributed far more than they received, even as provinces that take Alberta’s money dictate to Alberta on pipelines.
Now, after Trudeau sold out the energy sector at the COP26 conference, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is calling for Saskatchewan to become a nation within a nation:
“Saskatchewan needs to be a nation within a nation.
When the federal government implements policies that are detrimental to our province, our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan people.”
Saskatchewan needs to be a nation within a nation.
When the federal government implements policies that are detrimental to our province, our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan people. pic.twitter.com/zysN0oOe5w
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) November 9, 2021
This is where we must look at the trends.
What was the national unity trend under Stephen Harper?
Well, it got better and better.
Separatist sentiment in the West was virtually non-existent.
Separatist sentiment in Quebec declined dramatically, with both the Bloc Quebecois and Parti Quebecois losing much of their support.
What is the national unity trend under Justin Trudeau?
Worse and worse.
Separatist sentiment in the West has surged.
And, while separatist sentiment in Quebec remains relatively muted, the Bloc Quebecois has regained much of their lost support, in large part due to Justin Trudeau’s centralizing ideology.
In short, over the Trudeau era Canada has become more and more divided.
Arrogance & Ignorance
Since much of the establishment press is concentrated in a few major cities in the East, there is a tendency to completely dismiss the rising level of anger in the West.
The rising division in Canada doesn’t get the coverage it should because of this, with much of the media apparently assuming that since it’s not happening in their backyard, they don’t need to cover it. Also, much of the establishment press is now financially beholden to the federal government, making them even less likely to talk about Canada’s crumbling unity.
On Twitter, Dr. Jordan Peterson slammed the arrogance of the ‘elitist centralist’s:
“This is not bizarre, you elitist centralist snobs. This is exactly what is going to happen given Trudeau’s antipathy toward the economic engines of the west. It’s absolutely inevitable. Wake up, Toronto. Wake up, Toronto.”
This is not bizarre, you elitist centralist snobs. This is exactly what is going to happen given Trudeau's antipathy toward the economic engines of the west. It's absolutely inevitable. Wake up, Toronto. Wake up, Toronto. https://t.co/gpr4LmB9YC
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) November 10, 2021
Decentralization or breakup
On the current path Canada finds itself on by Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, and other power-obsessed centralizing politicians, Canada faces two possibilities:
One, either provinces and limited government conservatives will successfully fight for decentralization; or two, the country will continue to break apart.
Of course, there should be a third option, which would be what Canada had under the Harper government, a government that – while certainly far from perfect – managed to avoid enraging any specific region. But, Justin Trudeau has so poisoned relations between the federal government and the West, and much of the political class is so beholden to climate crisis virtue-signalling that only a real reduction in the power of the central government can counter the damage Trudeau has done.
The irony is that decentralization is not only the best – and really last – hope for keeping Canada together, but it will also benefit our country.
In a world where information and wealth can move faster and faster than ever before, countries that feature heavily decentralized regions, low federal taxes, sound money, and an openness to creativity and innovation are the countries that will prosper the most.
Canada has the potential to be such a country, if politicians like Justin Trudeau are defeated, and if Conservatives actually stand up for individual freedom and limited government in order for all regions of our country to grow and succeed at the highest level.