Losing Faith in the Electorate

In both Canada and the U.S., the political scene is utterly dismal. As I survey the ongoing debacle in my own country, it is hard not to lose faith in the mental competence of an electorate that swept a flawed but generally competent Conservative government out of power and replaced it with a corrupt, cynical and hopelessly inept Liberal administration that is busy running the country into the ground. Former Conservative PM Stephen Harper made his share of mistakes, but he was a fundamentally decent leader who left the country in sound economic shape. The argument advanced by many anti-Harperites that bottom-line thinking violates the greater desiderata of compassion—a uniquely Canadian value, apparently—is sanctimonious hogwash. A stable economy is the best antidote to the spread of statist-driven destitution, rising unemployment and government dependency. Harper’s successor, the vapid and emptily speechifying Justin Trudeau, has budgeted the country into a $30 billion debt—which, according to a just released Toronto-Dominion Bank report, will jump by an additional $5 billion this year.

The report goes on to posit: “When the Liberals unveiled the federal budget in March, they projected a $29.4-billion deficit in 2016-17, followed by a $29-billion shortfall the following year and almost $23 billion in 2018-19”—a new, three year debt of $81.4 billion. On the face of it, this should have been a tough sell. “Trudeau’s first budget,” asserts the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, “is an absolute disaster for future generations & thus Canada.” The Halifax Chamber of Commerce concurs: “Running chronic deficits with no plan to balance the budget has proven to be bad news for Canada’s economy.” No matter. According to MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London Karen Vecchio, the Liberals have spent $200,000 on “deliverology” advice, paying a British consultant to advise them on the best way to “deliver” their agenda and to convince taxpayers that debt is good. An infatuated electorate appears to be buying in.

Trudeau didn’t stop there. He has imported thousands of “Syrian” refugees to swell the welfare rolls and ensure future havoc, declared himself a loyal feminist while visiting mosques where the sexes are segregated, and installed a young Muslim cabinet minister, Maryam Monsef, as “Minister of Democratic Institutions” who, as it now turns out, lied about her birthplace and various other items on her citizenship papers. Providing false information makes a person inadmissible to Canada or demands the stripping of citizenship rights, regardless of extenuating circumstances. (Monsef claims that her mother suppressed certain salient details about her birthplace and early residency, which was not Afghanistan but Iran.) Many leftist sites, such as the Canadian Progressive (and others) blame Harper for passing an “unfair law”, but as The Toronto Sun points out, the policy predates the Harper government. Truth never deterred a leftist.

Pro forma, Trudeau has overseen a motley crew of ministerial parasites billing the taxpayer for personal expenses and perquisites. His latest gambit is to impose a pan-Canadian carbon tax to combat “global warming” that will cost the average Canadian in the vicinity of $2,500 over the next few years in excess of the depredations of an already punitive tax structure. But plainly, the fast-expanding debt has to be serviced and the “Syrian” influx paid for. The fact that global warming is non-existent—as anyone who has troubled to do a little serious research would recognize—counts for nothing; the Warmist scam is too lucrative and politically expedient to be abandoned.

The catastrophic farce in which we are now embroiled should have been glaringly predictable to any reasonable person prior to the election. Those who voted Liberal were, for the most part, either among the urban affluent or the collectively oblivious.

The same set of debilitating factors is patently at work in the United States.