With more than a year left before the next election, it seems that the Trudeau government’s special brand of arrogance and elitism is reaching a tipping point with most Canadian voters, as they realize their own government does not want to listen to them.
For example, a new Ipsos poll projects a possible conservative majority with roughly 38% of the vote.
This number is extremely significant since the media described Justin Trudeau’s 2015 victory as “extremely popular”, with roughly 39% of the popular vote.
So what started this once unforeseeable fall from grace and why is the reality catching up to the Trudeau machine?
Tracing the Liberal government’s path from 2015 to now, a few things stand out.
First I’d wager that the Trudeau government won more votes due to their opposition to the boogeyman (Harper) than because of Trudeau’s own policies.
You can see this in the roller-coaster-like polling that occurred during the election between the NDP and Liberal voters, as they consistently moved between parties in hopes of replacing the Conservative Prime Minister.
To stake out the largest share of the anti-Harper forces, the Liberals designed their policies and ideas along extremely stereotypical and visibly divisive lines.
That strategy worked well in the final moments of the election ensuring a Trudeau victory, as scared and strayed voters chose Liberal. But this ultimately created the governing problem they are facing now.
For example, the Liberals walked out of Parliament’s Status of Women Committee early on in their mandate because they refused to recognize its new, duly constituted chair, Conservative MP Rachael Harder, solely because they disagree with her views on abortion.
That’s right: a woman would not be allowed to hold an anti-abortion view.
Arrogant, elitist, and anti-democratic actions like these certainly do not sit well with some parts of the Liberal base.
This arrogance and lack of respect for certain voters did not stop there.
For example, according to the Toronto Sun, Liberals on another parliamentary committee considered their M-103 “Islamophobia” motion insulted and attacked by Tarek Fatah, who appeared as a witness on the motion and who has devoted his life, often at the risk of death, to opposing Islamist tyranny and terrorism.
Why did the Liberals feel attacked and insulted?
Because Fatah has criticized M-103.
It’s not just individuals like Tarek who are being insulted when they challenge the Liberals. Lisa Raitt also went through the same experience when she questioned the Finance Minister’s rather hypocritical stance on women, given his lacklustre history of promoting women in the workforce.
As during his time at Morneau Shepell, only three of nine positions on the board were ever held by women, only three of eleven senior managers were women, and the company’s governing charter made “no mention of diversity, inclusion, gender”.
The finance minister answered her questions by calling her ‘a Neanderthal’.
Most recently, the problem became even more obvious as Environment Minister Catherine McKenna became the latest to display a sense of righteousness alongside her serving of identity politics when she told CTV’s Evan Solomon that she couldn’t be bothered with people who don’t fully support her approach to climate change.
“I have no time for folks who are, like, you know, ‘we shouldn’t take action,’” she said during a spirited exchange.
“What do you mean you have no time?” Solomon countered. “You’ve gotta have time. Your job is to have time for folks who care about this issue and want to understand.”
Solomon makes a significant point that could well explain why the Liberal’s are rapidly losing support, and why they simply cannot comprehend it or stop it.
Regardless of the divisive and politicized nature of elections, the Liberals are expected to govern not just for some Canadians, but for all Canadians.
This includes the creation of transparent lines of communication, the maintenance of a stable economy, the upholding of law and order, and the continued development of Canada’s role on the world stage.
Instead, it seems the Liberals are focused on providing a vision which includes only a minority of Canadians, namely those that agree with the Trudeau government and their cabinet, fully without asking questions or having unique, independent ideas.