As a Public Policy major and as someone who worked in the government, my experience and expertise mean nothing when you compare it to people who work in the field, are running for election or who have their own views and beliefs.
So, that means this is just my perspective as someone who has lived in Canada for half a century and has voted in more than a few Canadian elections.
I think everyone saw this coming except for maybe the Liberal government who have done a terrible job over the past 6-years at following through on promises, They’ve treated Canadians like we’re all stupid, listening to them evade answering questions, answering with their pre-worded message rather than answering questions and all the while smugly thinking they’re doing a great job, while Canadians stewed in frustration at this drama teachers satire.
Black face, ethics violations. SNC Lavalin, running up the debt and deficit, and being the worst “feminist” government in history by treating his female colleagues like crap. We’ve all been shaking our heads. We shook our heads when this government couldn’t get vaccines to Canadians while the rest of the world was putting shots in arms, everyone in the government would say the same thing; “We have the largest selection of vaccinations in the entire world”, which literally translated to mean, we’ve paid 5 companies a lot of money and only really 3 came through for us.
This government tried to get unlimited taxation powers because they knew they would need it to recover the billions and billions of dollars they gave away to Canadians who needed it, but also to Canadians who didn’t need it, were not qualified to get it but did so anyways.
Federal government workers who couldn’t perform their jobs worked the phones answering questions about the benefit payments were rewarded with a 6% pay increase, and a giant slap in the face when the PM told the public that they were not equipped to hand of benefit payments so that was awarded to a charity, the WE Charity, because Trudeau decided it was a smart move. WOW. So that cost the Finance Minister his job… The umms, and ahhhs, just kept coming. After a Green party member took an incorrect and anti-semitic stance against Israel’s right to defend itself, the Liberals happily stepped up to take that candidate, while telling everyone that they stand against anti-semitism. They also stand against sexual misconduct in the military, in theory, certainly not in practice. Yet, while all these issues were rolling through, the Liberals had their plans, their strategy, and they thought they had Canadians fooled.
Having the NDP support pretty much everything that the Liberals did, allowed the government to take on and pass traditional NDP policies, and while the NDP must have felt this was a great move, essentially, the Liberals were slowly making the NDP obsolete, because why vote the NDP if you can get NDP-style policies through the Liberals.
The next move the Liberals did is to promise a ton of stuff. Listen to their campaign promises and you’ll always hear the number. $1 million here, $1 billion there… They’ll promise to anyone, everywhere, and sometimes they’ll make it happen and sometimes they won’t – well, usually they won’t (see electoral reform). The reason the Liberals spend is obvious, because if they don’t get re-elected, they leave the country with a MASSIVE debt, and the Conservatives have to step in and cut spending, and balance the budget. Then the Liberals campaign on the Conservatives being that party that has to cut programs and prevent all that great stuff the Liberals promised and viola… Liberals back in power.
It’s a great policy, because the Liberals think they’re smarter than all of us…
But they made a mistake.
They assumed that they had an opportunity to take advantage of the fact that no one knew Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, so it was the perfect time (COVID, Afghanistan, Military, etc.) to plunge Canadians into an election, and at the time of this posting, it’s not going so well.
O’Toole, is a different type of politician. Former military, a lawyer, worked in the private and public sector, and really smart, I’ve had the opportunity to meet O’Toole twice, and his experiences and expertise blew me away. He knows what people want Conservative governments to do – be fiscally responsible – and what they don’t want Cons to be (see US).
So over a week into the election, we’re seeing something different. Trudeau is stammering to get out his message. He seems egotistical and disingenuous, where as his main competitors, O’Toole and even Singh, seem much smarter, much more articulate and much more prepared.
Singh’s message to tax the “ultra rich” has not been widely embraced because people fear he’s talking about them, and that his message stifles the incentive of people who want to take the risks and earn the big dollars, that extra taxation of their efforts is counter intuitive. His Tik Toks… Still getting a ton of views. Tik Tok, however, still the most used app for kids. Kids can’t vote. But his Tik Toks are… ummm… anyways…
So, as the Conservatives started polling quite poorly, and have now taken a 4-6% lead over the Liberals, its going to be an interesting few weeks as we see what happens to the Liberal party and i they can right the ship. They need less comments like, “the Taliban are my brothers”, and picking at the Conservatives for not forcing all their candidates to be vaccinated, while not all the Liberal candidates are vaccinated. The Canadian public appear to be fed up, and they’re questioning everything because the Trudeau government forced them to. Will this government wind up like the Conservatives in 1993, or like the Liberal government in Ontario after Kathleen Wynne was done destroying the province.
The countdown is on…