Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be gearing up for an election. He’d better be, because leaks and hints in the media about what’s to come in the Sept. 23 Throne Speech simply cannot be pushed through without a democratic mandate.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Trudeau was planning “Canada’s sharpest turn left in economic policy in decades.” The article stated that new Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland was tasked with “remaking the country’s socio-economic architecture.”
Freeland herself said during the first press conference in her new role that the COVID-19 lockdowns and resulting recession were a “fabulous opportunity for our country” and pledged a so-called green recovery.
Writing this past week in the National Post, John Ivison reported that senior bureaucrats in Ottawa were told to “come up with ‘bold and ambitious’ ideas to reimagine Canada.” When asked about the spending parameters, they were told “there were none.”
In another column, Ivison quoted one senior government official describing Trudeau’s plan as a “structural change in the way government in this country operates,” and another saying, “it is literally frightening. I am very worried about my kids’ future and their capacity to service that level of debt.”
The CBC, likewise, has reported that the Liberals are planning to spend “money on a scale that we haven’t seen before.”
Canadians should be incredibly wary of these news reports. Trudeau wants to “remake” our economy and “reimagine” our very country. He’s willing to spend any amount of money, to pursue any plans that any bureaucrat or Liberal official can think of.
The truth of the matter is, we already are spending money on a scale we haven’t seen before. At last count, our deficit for this fiscal year (which we’re only halfway through) is 10 times larger than it was last year. Our federal debt has surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in our history, and some are projecting that the 2020 deficit will tack on another half-trillion — the equivalent of the total federal debt just one decade ago.
In 2015, Trudeau ran on a platform of “modest deficits” to finance infrastructure spending and an eventual return to balanced budgets.
Instead of his proposed $25 billion in new debt, Trudeau’s deficits spiralled and he plunged the federal government into the red by more than $80 billion between 2015 and 2019.
Rather than being held accountable for his broken promises, during the 2019 election, Trudeau’s campaign focused on demonizing Conservatives and, with the media on his side, Trudeau squeezed by with a minority government, which he took as a mandate to justify more of the same.
In March of this year, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Trudeau followed other world leaders in shutting down our economy. He pledged to Canadians that his government would help compensate them for losses in their livelihood as a result of his policy of shutting down the economy.
Trudeau pledged to temporarily help Canadians recover lost income from a once-in-a-lifetime health pandemic. This reasonable proposition is now morphing into a socialist coup, where a scandal-plagued prime minister wants to re-engineer the lives of 36 million Canadians through borrowed cash and a utopian disregard for the future.
Trudeau presented himself to Canadians as a friendly and optimistic Liberal who more or less supported free markets and believed in preserving Canadian institutions. What he is proposing now is something totally different.
Canadians elected a Liberal and what we got was a revolutionary socialist. At least in Venezuela, the people knew what they were voting for in Hugo Chavez. If Trudeau wants to take Canada down the dark and ruinous path of socialism, he must directly put it to Canadians for a vote.