CANADA is the strangest place I have ever lived in. The scenery looks like it has been painted by angels, but the country is in Hell under the stewardship of Justin Trudeau.
As I wrote last year, Canada is not without its problems – punitive taxes, exorbitant cost of living, homelessness, drug abuse and job insecurity – yet Trudeau seems oblivious to all of this. Emboldened by his second electoral victory last year, he is proving a disastrous and divisive leader.
Despite presenting himself as the ultimate SJW (Social Justice Warrior) prime minister, he still managed to insult an entire sub-continent by parading with his family in lavish Indian costumes during an official trip to India in 2018.
Trudeau is the world’s most woke leader, and his fellow Canadians are paying the price for this. Shortly after his 2016 re-election, he declared that Canada has ‘no core identity’.
It was an odd statement, given the pride most Canadians have in their country – a drive around the suburbs of metro Vancouver reveals Canadian flags flown from most homes. Even more so since its core identity and history is exactly what he seems set on erasing in the name of progressiveness and, arguably, as a cruel form of mass gaslighting.
If Trudeau’s bid is to create a globalised Canada with no sense of patriotism, then it isn’t working out too well. His problem is that he epitomises all that is contradictory in mentality of the modern Left’s intersectional politics.
His embrace of LGBTQ identity politics, especially transgender rights, is incongruent with his placating of Islamism. Four years ago, he declared that sharia law is compatible with democracy. Last year, his government formally apologised to the Islamic fundamentalist and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr for ‘violating his constitutional rights’ and gave him £6million.
Under Trudeau’s leadership, several cities in Canada broadcast the Ramadan call to prayer during the Covid-19 lockdown.
His stance on feminism and transgenderism is likewise contradictory. Though claiming to be a feminist, Trudeau has passed misogynist laws in a capitulation to transgender dogma. Provincial legislation known as Bill 10 gave students the right to use whichever bathrooms and changing rooms they thought suited their gender identity, and in Alberta it led conservatives to protest in the streets. Since then, the movement for separatism has heated up.
For a man who breathes inclusivity he is singularly divisive, no more so than when it comes to Canada’s provinces. Though protests against the federal government are nothing new in Alberta – where the separatist movement began after Trudeau’s father, Pierre, implemented federal control of the province’s rich oil resources during his reign as Prime Minister in the 1980s – the current Trudeau’s shoddy treatment of Alberta has revitalised the movement.
Alberta contributes 17 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, but has little influence in parliament. Trudeau’s insistence that Canada sticks to the financially crippling and UN-run Paris climate agreement has exacerbated the difficult relationship between Alberta and Ottawa. Given their province’s reliance on the production of oil, Albertans know they will be the most to suffer under punishing carbon taxes.
Alberta’s separatist movement dovetails in Quebec, where separatism has been bubbling away for decades. Separatists there will have certainly paid attention to the latest skirmish over racism among the political class.
Corbyn-like New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh recently accused a Bloc Québécois MP of racism after failing to get support for his motion accusing the police of systemic racism. Instead of criticising Singh’s hyperbole, Trudeau publicly declared support for him. Trudeau is in danger of creating a legacy responsible for the breakup of the Canadian polity.
He won’t be outdone by other Western politicians who bow to the anti-Semitic, neo-Marxist revolutionary movement. He has fully clambered on board their race-baiting train, taking the knee, lambasting the police and libelling his own country as institutionally racist.
This spurious slur comes undone when considering that the largest group of immigrants to Canada comes from Africa. In fact, all politicians who mindlessly repeat the mantra of systemic racism in the West conveniently forget one critical fact. If Canada, the US and Britain are so racist, why do millions from Africa, Asia and the Middle East seek them out, ignoring other asylum countries en route?
Why do refugees and economic migrants choose the supposedly racist West? Exactly because their freedom and safety from oppression and discrimination under the law is most secure in these countries.
Lesser politicians have followed Trudeau’s lead, with city councillors in Toronto planning to cut ten per cent of their police budget, which will only lead to disaster in a city which had its highest number of shootings ever last year. Innocent Canadians will pay in blood for this embrace of anarchist identity politics.
Trudeau’s so-called progressive policies have not however won him the place at the international high table that he seeks. Earlier this month, Canada lost its bid to win a seat on the UN Security Council.
Trudeau wasted millions of taxpayer resources in his attempt to garner votes at the UN, cosying up to despots and dictatorial regimes. Reversing years of support for Israel, Canada also voted for an anti-Israel UN resolution in December, spearheaded by North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. But selling out allies didn’t get him the votes he wanted. It never does.
He faces further embarrassment on the world stage. A day after Canada’s defeat at the UN, China charged two Canadian citizens with espionage.
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were imprisoned in China two years ago, having been arrested after a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained in Vancouver.
Meng is accused by the US of breaking Iranian sanctions. In this obvious attempt to blackmail Canada into releasing her, the Chinese regime is holding these two innocent men as hostages.
Trudeau’s lukewarm protests show he is out of depth. The correct comeback on such a blatant attempt to leverage Canada should be the implementation of harsh sanctions on China. Instead, and inexplicably so, Canada is still sending millions of dollars in aid to Bejing. Appeasement politics leads only to disaster.
Trudeau’s catastrophic Canada is no longer a sensible and reliable ally, but a fractious and crazy one. The first to sign the West’s suicide note, it embodies the regressive nature of progressiveness, where freedom of choice is cancelled and Islamists are cosseted.
Worryingly, Britain is only a few steps behind. Should the Tories get any more progressive, Boris Johnson could find himself jostling with Trudeau for first place as the most woke prime minister ever, cheerleading on the destruction of the West.