Canada needs a smaller and less intrusive government. Expanding the role of the state would mean further erosion of the freedoms of Canadians.
What is Jean Charest offering?
What is his big idea or agenda?
Well, aside from refusing to provide details on how much he was paid by Huawei, the true subtext of Charest’s overall message and theme is that the big government agenda of Justin Trudeau needs only a few tweaks, rather than outright opposition.
Consider that in the most recent debate, Charest talked about addressing inflation by increasing government spending on childcare:
“Charest said he’d fight inflation by spending more public money on childcare
I fully expect all experts to come out and explain that’s not how it works”
Charest said he'd fight inflation by spending more public money on childcare
I fully expect all experts to come out and explain that's not how it works
— Bryan Breguet (@2closetocall) May 26, 2022
Charest also again demonized the Freedom Convoy, and called for more government power:
“The crowd at the French Conservative Leadership Debate boos Jean Charest when he calls the Freedom Convoy an “illegal blockade.””
The crowd at the French Conservative Leadership Debate boos Jean Charest when he calls the Freedom Convoy an “illegal blockade.” pic.twitter.com/mkDrtZH8kn
— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) May 26, 2022
As we know, Charest also supports the Trudeau Carbon Tax.
And, when Charest brags about things like balanced budgets and lower taxes in Quebec, he neglects to mention that he was only able to do that because Quebec received so much money from provinces like Alberta.
Considering all of this, we can see that Charest’s agenda is quite similar to Justin Trudeau’s agenda.
Similar agenda, similar tone
With similar agendas based upon expanding government power at the expense of individual freedom and closer ties to China, it’s no surprise that Jean Charest has used Trudeau-style rhetoric to attack CPC front-runner Pierre Poilievre.
Charest and Trudeau speak about the convoy in very similar ways as well, with Charest ignoring the legitimate grievances of millions of Canadians.
Both Trudeau and Charest represent the same failed big government policies that have put Canada in such a perilous situation. And on top of that, they both have the same arrogant, elitist attitude that looks down on Canadians.
They both believe the government should become bigger and more powerful, and they demonize anyone who favours limited government.
Without advocating for a smaller government, what is the point of the CPC?
Canada has four big government, statist parties in Parliament. The Liberal-NDP coalition favours more and more spending and state control. The Greens favour more and more spending and state control. The Bloc favours more and more taxpayer money being sent to Quebec, and supports top-down statist policies on language and other issues.
If the CPC goes the direction Charest wants, then it will be nothing more than another statist party that advocates for bigger and more powerful government.
And that would raise the following question:
What would be the point of the CPC if that happens?
In a country where millions of people want a smaller government, and want more individual freedom rather than state control, what sense would it make for the CPC to sign on to the Liberal-NDP-Green agenda?
With all the problems facing Canada, what sense would it make if the CPC decides that all the country needs is a few tweaks to what Trudeau is doing?
The fact is, what Jean Charest is ‘offering’ is nothing more than an extension of the Trudeau era under a different name.
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