The Liberal Party of Canada has long been dogged by cries of arrogance and entitlement.
Most of these complaints are dead on point. The way in which Bill Morneau and Justin Trudeau have dealt with the media over the ongoing troubles with the Department of Finance epitomize how quickly the Liberals have returned to their arrogant ways of the past. The arrogance of the two is enough that they each get their own column on the matter.
The Media Don’t Like Condescension
On Monday, Morneau and Trudeau appeared at a press conference to outline the changes they have made to try and salvage their proposed changes to the small business tax regime in Canada. Reporters wanted to ask Morneau questions about revelations that he had not placed his personal wealth in a blind trust. Trudeau would not let reporters ask Morneau a question. Trudeau’s response to the media was equal parts childishness and arrogance:
“You have to ask the question of me first, because you get the chance to talk to the prime minister.”
“The process we have in our country isn’t that I report to journalists on my personal situation; it’s that I report to the Ethics Commissioner,”
The Honeymoon Crashes to an End
this government is too young to be accumulating screw ups at this rate. It seems, I wrote, much older than its two years.
Change elections occur when a government has accumulated enough screw-ups that the people are ready for a change. A few months ago it appeared that Trudeau might be able to outdo his father and win consecutive majority governments.
Then it appeared that Morneau might hurt Trudeau enough to hold the Liberals to a minority in 2019. Now it is reasonable to ask if the Liberals are acting like a party that deserves to be re-elected at all. Bill Morneau should lose his job as Finance Minister.
The manner in which Justin Trudeau manages his troubled Finance Minister will determine if Trudeau keeps his job as Prime Minister in the election scheduled for two years from yesterday.