With the whole Bernier debacle having been discussed ad nauseam, many of us have come to expect that a bulk of the mainstream outlets view Bernier’s remarks with the utmost cynicism—ultimately taking what he said out of context, while wrongfully assuming he hates diversity, through and through.
To that end, many are left wondering what our ‘illustrious’ Prime Minister has to say regarding his supposed ‘cult of diversity,’ to which I can assure you, has procured the sort of reaction we have come to come to expect from him typically.
To the dismay of the Conservative voter base, it appears that Trudeau continues to peddle—yet again—the notion that the CPC has a proclivity for the “politics of division.”
On the contrary, he has been guilty of employing said tactics, most notably through his views on paid summer internships for religious institutions, and his arrogant assumption that Conservatives still associate themselves with the now infamous Rebel Media—a go-to talking point he uses to dismiss otherwise rational arguments against him and his party.
However, above all, he—again—found a way to blame Stephen Harper for the tweets put forth by Bernier, which at this point, has become a running joke with the LPC that continues to sour every time it is used to deflect attention from their misgivings.
That ‘evil’ Harper. How dare he make Bernier put out those ‘hateful’ tweets, which criticize that which Trudeau is against, identitarian-induced cleavages.
All jokes aside, it seems that his rhetoric regarding Conservatives has resonated with much of the media, leading to what very well may be a PR victory for him and his voter base, who seem to think the CPC is a chaotic breeding ground for vitriol and all the phobias in the English dictionary.
Little does he now, that populists like Bernier tell it how it is, as it is a well-known fact that promoting identity politics at the expense of social cohesion, leads to actual and sometimes irrevocable cleavages between different ethnic and religious groups or ‘tribes.’
While it is unfortunate that MPs like Scheer and Obhrai have joined in on the flow of criticism that has come Bernier’s way, some valid (i.e., issues of integration and multiculturalism are not high on the Tory’s agenda) and some not (i.e., promoting party politics at the expense of grassroots ideals), at-least the intra-party push-back is grounded in reality—to what extent? I’ll let you decide on that, as members of the ‘big, blue tent’.
However, at this point, Trudeau continues to scream ‘bloody murder’ every chance he gets, espousing the very same rhetoric he has attacked his Conservative-opposition with since he assumed office back in 2015.
As to what extent that will prove galvanizing for him and his post-modern movement is yet unknown, however, if the ever-apparent cleavages between members of the CPC continue to widen, then it may very well prove disastrous for their chances at forming government in 2019.