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Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Harper

Posted May 6, 2013 by Damien Gillis in Politics
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Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Harper

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AUTHOR’S NOTE – Oct.20, 2015: This column, published two and a half years ago, has resurfaced leading up to and following our recent federal election. Many of the concerns raised within remain valid to this day – heightened, even, by the strong majority mandate Mr. Trudeau now holds. At the same time, he has grown considerably as a leader since assuming the Liberal Party leadership and fleshed out his vision with a series of election promises. I have summarized my latest thoughts on Mr. Trudeau the choices he now faces as Prime Minister in my post-election piece, “Harper’s gone…Now what? 10 Trudeau promises Canadians need kept”. We, at the Common Sense Canadian will continue to observe with great interest and comment for our readers upon Mr. Trudeau and his policies as he begins this new chapter in Canadian political history.

Justin Trudeau just may be Canada’s most dangerous man.

He of the throngs of adoring supporters, the pretty new face that promises to resurrect “Canada’s party”.

The key positions he’s taken thus far – supporting the sellout of our strategic energy resources to the Chinese Government, giving away our sovereignty through the Canada-China Trade deal, new pipelines to expand the Tar Sands – hardly vary from those of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They just look and sound far more attractive coming from Canada’s prodigal son.

And that’s what scares me.

Trudeau’s latest decision to out-Harper Mr. Harper on boosting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to Texas gives us a sobering sense of where the young Liberal leader is headed. Perhaps more troubling is the question of what he actually believes – or whether these positions derive from polling data, focus groups, and a cynical drive to get elected at all costs (more on that in a moment).

In his first swing out west following a successful leadership bid, Trudeau took the time to praise Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s efforts to secure access for Keystone by talking up improved “environmental sustainability” in the Tar Sands (exactly how, we’re left to wonder, beyond a carbon tax proposed by Redford).

“I’m very hopeful despite the political games being played by the NDP…that we will see the Keystone pipeline approved soon,” Trudeau proclaimed.

If Bay Street and the energy sector see that Trudeau is prepared to fulfill the same key objectives as Harper, they will not think twice about swinging their support back to the Liberals. This latest statement on Keystone signals that Mr. Trudeau is truly open for business. For this reason, while backing Keystone may be unpopular with certain segments of the Canadian public, it could prove a shrewd political move in the long-run.

Harper is uncharacteristically weak at the moment. There is the infighting within his usually locked-down caucus, the cratering polling figures (a recent Nanos poll has the Liberals leading the Conservatives for the first time in years, at 34 to 31% support), and an authoritarian image that is becoming increasingly problematic. He and his embattled foot soldiers, the likes of Joe Oliver and Jason Kenney, have had a very bad month.

Oliver overplayed his hand a couple of weeks ago when he attacked the world’s most respected climate scientist, the recently retired James Hansen of NASA, while on a “diplomatic” mission to Washington to build support for Keystone.

The tone-deaf Oliver ranted that Hansen should be “ashamed” of “exaggerating” the effects of climate change and impacts of the Tar Sands, apparently missing the irony of attacking his hosts while trying win them over. The comments, which backfired severely, were picked up by everyone from the New York Times to the UK’s Guardian. Hansen shot back, aptly branding Oliver a “Neanderthal”.

On this score, Trudeau seems to understand something his Conservative opponents don’t – i.e. cultivating buy-in for Keystone requires more sophisticated framing and at least a modicum of tact with our southern neighbours.

Meanwhile, the most likeable and politically adept figure in the Harper Government, Immigration Minister Kenney, finds himself embroiled in the growing scandal over his government’s foreign temporary worker program. The seriousness of this political pitfall is evident in the unusual backtracking Harper is doing on the program.

He’s right to do so. The problem for Harper with issues like this one, the buyout of Canadian energy company Nexen by Chinese state-owned CNOOC, and the botched fighter jet program, is the way they rile his base. Unpopular with small “c” conservatives, they drive division within Harper’s tenuous right-wing alliance.

With these troubles brewing on the home front and attack ads aimed at Trudeau falling short of the effect they had on his predecessors – Michael Ignatieff and Stéphane Dion – things are shaping up nicely for Harper’s young challenger.

The question is, what does this mean for Canada?

If all Mr. Trudeau represents is a better-packaged version of Harper’s economic vision, then how will the Canadian public and environment – not to mention the planet – be any better off?

The thing that has always bothered me about Justin – ever since his entry onto the public scene at his famous father’s funeral – is that he’s never appeared to stand for anything real. Years later, even following a lengthy leadership race and literally thousands of media clips and public appearances, I still don’t know what core principles motivate his drive to lead the country. He speaks in platitudes, clever but meaningless tweets – which is partly what makes him so effective with social media and our soundbite-obsessed mainstream press.

He is our version of Robert Redford’s character in The Candidate.

Evidently, if Justin stands for anything, it’s selling out Canada’s strategic resources and exploiting the climate-destroying Tar Sands. Where his father tried and failed to build a made-in-Canada energy policy, the younger Trudeau is going in the opposite direction.

Even that, though, I suspect, is more a reflection of his willingness to shape-shift his policies into whatever form advisers tell him will track best politically.

With Harper, by contrast, we have a sense that his zeal for expanding Canada’s fossil fuel industries through foreign ownership is something in which he believes on a deep, ideological level. I’m not sure which is better – the guy who believes in something I and many other Canadians patently don’t, or the guy who probably doesn’t but is willing to say he does, just to get elected. If these are our two choices, then I’m ready for a third.

Real leadership means fighting for real principles, even when they’re unpopular. Great politicians find a way to sell good ideas to the public and media.

Justin Trudeau does none of these things. But, boy, does he look good not doing them.

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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

124 Comments


  1.  
    Damien Gillis

    A 2016 update to this piece in the Tyee – plus ça change, plus c’est pareil… http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/12/02/Trudeau-Dangerous-to-the-Environment/




  2.  
    Kevin Watt

    Justin Trudeau recent display of blackmailing Liberia with LGBT values is a pathetic display of colonialism reborn. The Liberian president was just being polite when she stated their laws didn’t specifically cover the specifics of homosexuality(just sodomy). Liberia wants canadian funding, but to agree to overzealous demands for concepts quite foreign to them, reveals a dangerous sophistication.
    Justin Trudeau seems to need a lot of ‘likes’ (facebook terminology), which is very dangerous for a country to be leaded by such a narcissistic trait. Obama is the same way, which again is very dangerous because the leadership probably is unaware when hostile nations would take advantage of such weaknesses.




  3.  
    sylvia

    Economic disaster!!! to say the least! Trudeau needs to be out, we will pay dearly! Our national languages are already being defied! our way of life and securities. ;Vancouver BC, Do not be nice about it! we the common folks do NOT have to smile and take it. we already pay to much and are worked, worked, rapped and ravaged! Watch the four horseman, And see the similar progressions. This is very real and scary. We are sheep being wrangled and manipulated for our land and resources. Use your brains Canada. our children WILL be slaves! Say no! be vigilant. Fight their lures.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fbvquHSPJU




  4.  
    Trevor

    So tired of hearing comments against Trudeau. Give him a chance to prove himself ! Well, sorry to say but the polls are in and he’s loved worldwide and in Canada. So live with it.

    Here’s the proof.

    “A poll by Ipsos Public Affairs for Global News made public on Tuesday shows that 64 percent of Canadians approve of his government’s performance. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, it’s a remarkable 78 percent. According to the poll, 58 percent of Canadians say that Trudeau has met or exceeded their expectations.”




  5.  
    Richard

    This country is not in a position at this point to make the HUGE changes that our new ,wet behind the ears Prime minister is planning
    Needs to slow down and listen to people that have experience.
    At this rate we are going to be a full blown depression.
    Ps I Voted for him
    What a mistake,probably going to cost me my company.




  6.  
    Ann

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  7.  
    tre

    I love Canada and find that most people feel the same way, we all need to step back and look at what is happening it seems that out of the major centres the small towns and rural areas of are country all think and feel the same way on a idea of what Canada is to them. But we truly don’t have a say this last federal election with line ups still at poles in our province(AB) Trudeau was elected PM. It was decided in the East before 6pm in Alberta. To say that such a small proportion of our country gets to decide for everyone is completely wrong. Maybe we need to start looking at alternatives. I can’t imagine breaking Canada apart but if we west of Ontario and north of the major cities in Ontario and Quebec don’t truly have a say then what’s the sense in staying why don’t we do something? force them to let us have a fair shake or suffer the consequences




  8.  
    Bruno B

    Justin Trudeau is a fraud.




  9.  
    Elf

    This is the first time I have ever been concerned about Canada’s safety. Trudeau is not ready to keep Canada safe and has already proven it—– by hastily bringing in 25,000 refugees who cannot be properly vetted coming from a worn-torn Country(greatly compromising our safety), during a very unstable time, along without proper plans in place to house these people; not accounting for the increase in major resources needed to facilitate this influx, etc., etc. This has already contributed to a major deficit(well over predicted) & he is only starting. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to analyze all the irresponsible moves they have already made. We need a Leader who will make Canada Great again; uphold our British Heritage; ensure that our values are upheld; any ethnic groups accepted into this Country must not only take the oath but live it to uphold & respect OUR values! Instead we have people like the lady who refused to take off her face veil, for only a moment, to take our oath—are you seriously kidding me – I would have sent her back to where she came from. Open your eyes & look at what is happening around you; ethnicities hiring their own kind only; unwilling to uphold our values (you see it all around you), stop ignoring it. Stop letting others intimidate you by crying racism because that’s BS(racism has nothing to do with it but they will continue to use this ploy to shut you down) stop feeding into it! What happened to our Pride as a Canadian!; stop being scared to stand up for what you want and believe in. We need a Canadian Leader & Politicians who truly are for its’ Citizens and not on the side of a Beaurocratic rigged system but instead seek to make Canada & its’ culture, the richest it could possibly be & ENSURE OUR VALUES ARE RESPECTED & UPHELD.




    •  
      Doreen Harrison

      I agree with you 100%! Trudeau is going to ruin this country, he is all about looking good and posing with whoever is handy! His wife is just as bad, they are a complete embarrassment to Canadians. I think that people who want to live in this wonderful country should not question our rules and laws, they should abide by them and fit in. I am tired of being called a racist and a bigot just because I want to stay safe, I do not want to live in a country that is being taken over by other cultures, those who ignore us and only have an interest in their own. They come here and demand their own way, usually they get it! It must stop, he government must stop pander to these people and look after us.




    •  
      Cundy

      amen to all of the above




  10.  
    care

    NO MORE JUSTIN TRUDEAU!!!!!!!!




  11.  
    A Jensen

    I agree he is ruining Canada the longer they allow him to remain in his seat. He is endangering the country. He is a dictator and a liar. It is either his way or no way at all. Since in office the country has fallen apart. He should have never been voted in as Prime minister his liberals are running it into the ground. It will take a miracle to correct what they have done.




  12.  
    Mary

    Canada is a sinking ship with this man as Prime Minister. Reinstating the Canadian citizenship of terrorists. And now lifting the visitor visa of Mexicans. You bet we will be flooded by bogus refugee claims, which is going to cost Canadian taxpayers millions. Wow, all the illegal Mexicans in The USA must be jumping for joy, All they have to do is grab their stuff and fly over (I’m sure they know they’ll have more privileges than Canadians themselves). Not to mention the high risk of dangerous gang members and drug dealers landing here. This visa lift is a costly and risky proposition. Trudeau is pathetic!




  13.  
    End Progressivism cult poision

    Trudeau is merely a sock puppet for the cult of progressivism more commonly known as the regressive left. hell his administration has already started harassing a first nations run anti regressive left/sjw newspaper decrying it as hate speech against the typical suspects of the cult’s narrative. his unwavering support and loyalty to this caustic ideology and its false narrative propaganda is truly worrying. and to think that people including myself thought “No one can possibly be as bad as Harper.. Right? Right?!?!” Honestly i hope our nation gets tired of his shit and elects someone else next time, i really cant stand having a sock puppet leader twice, my personal choice might have been just as bad but at least they weren’t blatant about it. call me a commie all you want but i feel we would’ve been better with the Ndp.




  14.  
    Finally-leadership

    CONROBOT OS 2.0 loading….

    TRUDEAU BAD… beep beep, zort, blinkylight.

    TRUDEAU IS HITLER…phnaw…beep beep




  15.  
    Finally-leadership

    This message board is filled with what I can only describe as the dumbest people in Canada. Good riddance to Harper, he was an absolute idiot. WE FINALLY HAVE A REAL LEADER, AND THE FACT THAT YOU CON ROBOTS CAN’T STAND THAT, MAKES ME SMILE EVERY DAY.




    •  
      Jones Phillippe

      My my aren’t you the stupid fellow! On migration alone, Justin Trudeau is among the lowest politicos ever to walk on Parliament Hill (ok yeah he rides a limo) and there have been many!
      Katara says it all when she says that Trudeau ‘makes’ her ‘kind of ill’. Mind you, most Canadians who aren’t pro Trudeau’s deviant causes have the same sense of fear that he will give our country away to foreignors while letting Canadian seniors go homeless. But then I am just a patriotic observer, not a Liberal Party activist or exNDP looking for a new cause since Mulcair’s historic blunder.




  16.  
    Katara

    I have to admit that I voted Liberal last election, though only because they were the party that was for electoral reform that was most likely to win in my riding (and I had decided I’d vote for pretty much anyone who will change things so that my vote will count in the next election, so I don’t have to vote for these whack jobs or be voiceless in parliament). But really, Trudeau makes me kind of ill. I didn’t like Harper either (my nickname for him was “soulless robot”) but Trudeau has a very big dictator streak that we saw a little of in the campaign, and more of now. His take on things seems to be “these are the policies we’ve decided on, and they’re not open for negotiation. If you don’t like it, too bad. You have to do what the Federal Government says.” It’s kind of scary.




  17.  
    rob

    Harper kept the country going in spite of the world economy being crippled for years, Trudeau’s father was a communist. Trudeau is a terrorist sympathizer who welcomes those who have murdered our allies. Disgusting individual who should be booted out. He is a real danger to Canada and Canadian values. Yes he is dangerous and Harper wasn’t.




  18.  
    Jaz

    They all suck, all they do is take peoples money and lie. The world is also gone to hell because there is to many people now. There will eventually be a war ether nuclear or country to country, No President or someone at the top is going to change anything, You are all very foolish if you believe one man can change a country. I think you all should wake up and realize this world will end very soon, Its sad but you all have to face the truth some day and its common sense.




  19.  

    trudeau its a family affair every day just a lot of fun




  20.  
    JOHN ECKHARDT

    Trudeau is not only a stupid man, he is dangerous. Were you listening when he was rambling on. Like his father he likes communism. This could mean he is going to be selling our resources for a cheap price in time to China. So far in the little time he has been in office he has spent a billion dollars. Is canada soon going to be without assets and banks? The queen can take him out N O W because he is talking today of bringing in a law that prevents us from voting and getting rid of him. He calls it “electoral reform”. We can call it a dictator. His pretty boy smile is like the devil. Now is the time to talk about getting him out and it can be done as he is a traitor. He came to Alberta and made the law that we cannot drive our oil in trucks on Canadian highways. THAT IS ALL HUSH HUSH. He avoids talking about a pipeland and had gone to see Obama a few days after the election and cancelled Keystone. ARE YOU PEOPLE LISTENING. THIS IS AN EVIL MAN WITH PLANS.




    •  
      S. Nichols

      I agree! I was around when his father came to office and saw a great deal. We even studied it in grade 13.
      Why didn’t we start with Canada first???????????
      Remember what happened with free trade many moons ago?
      What happened to the lumber industries and minerals?
      I have voted Liberal before and NDP, but boy this one is not exactly clear on anything.
      Heaven help us what comes next?
      This is only my opinion. Free speech and all that rot.




    •  
      Deb

      EXACTLY!! I AGREE!




  21.  
    gravelle

    Yep, it was all about the “pot”. Imagine voting for someone to be a leader so it would be legal to smoke weed.
    Those who voted for this reason, should be totally ashamed. What have you done.




  22.  
    Trudeau sucks

    Affluenza PM more concerned with taking selfies with refugees than he is with serving Canadians.

    A 40+ year old rich deadbeat who before being placed in power by his daddies friends had no professional experience other than a few years of part time work,

    And the idiot youth in this country voted for him in droves because they think pot will be legalized.

    God help us all.




    •  
      Mookie Webster

      Can’t be any worse than the imbecile Harper who actually believed he was some kind of an economist. The guy who single handedly destroyed any chance of getting Keystone approved through his incredible stupidity and arrogance. The guy who wanted our banks to be more US like – until the great recession – then bragged about how bullet proof our banking system was. The guy who decimated ever other industry in this country in the belief that focusing on one resource and one customer is a prudent growth strategy. The guy who whole-heartedly supported the US invasion of Iraq looking for fictional WMDs. The guy who took our tourism industry down the toilet and tarnished our international image with his refusal to co-operate with the global community on environmental issues.
      Yeah – but Trudeau sucks.




  23.  
    Sairam

    I agree with almost all the responses , he is going spoil Canada , there won’t be any value for Canada or Canadians as long as he stop this nonsense, wasting time for refuge , selling Marijuana and many thing , not even thinking how to come out from this financial crisis , how to recover the economy , we need to make posters and display on the ground to understand the public that how bad he is for the country , plese friends forward this site to as many as possible , we need to get rid of this funny guy ASAP , no future for Canada as long as justin is PM.I wish they conduct elections this year to get rid of guy




    •  

      Did you see that Sweden is send back over 80,000 of their refugees…..back to where they came from a lesson should be learned by this move…………….wake up Canada……….the game is just starting and you already have lost.




    •  
      JOHN ECKHARDT

      I agree, I agree, I agree, I agree, I agree. Now we need the whole population to agree. He is a traitor. He is not interested in helping the people, just himself and wants to be known as the wonderful pretty boy with personality plus, but no brains. People in the bars where he hangs out find him oh so “cool”. After all no one can be in his party unless they are pro abortion. What wonderful morals he has. What a f….cking jerk he is!




  24.  
    Dave Shaw

    Like father like son Oblivious to the needs of the naturally born Canadians and obsessed with his image to the rest of the world at the expense of those that have lived and existed in Canada. he is truly out of his element and cannot believe that so many Canadians voted for this imbecile. perhaps the Liberal Government should look into how they treat the native population before being so generous to outsiders.
    He has my vote for Asshole of the year!




  25.  
    bite me

    The Peacock Trudeau is nothing more than a celebrity wane be, I can’t believe the stupidity of some of the Canadians. He hasn’t done a thing for Canadians, except spending billions for foreigners countries. Not one nickel for Canada to improve our economy and prospect of Canadians, the only thing he will give Canadians is a huge tax bill coming into the new year, and any idiots who glorify him and think that won’t happen, then they’re living in unicorns, elves and fantasy island just like him. I want all the sheep who voted for him to choke on the tax that he’s going to cramp down your throat, at least with that knowledge it will help me swallow the tax more easier.




  26.  

    stupid stupid trudeau




  27.  
    starr

    this man if that’s what you want to call him is the devil ,He is going to destroy Canada, the idiot is bringing in more foreigners with our tax money to take care of them ,when he can’t even take care of our people ,something wrong with this picture




    •  
      Should have been a refugee

      NO SHIT! WTF… all the refugees showing up with their iphones taking selfies and snap chats , then the government finally mentions they only selectively allowed the wealthy and educated syrians to enter




  28.  
    Adm Tech

    And now Little Lord Fleur-De-Lis is going to remove the Visa Requirement for Mexicans to come to Canada. I knew there was no intelligence behind those dreamy eyes of his…No way should the mexican cartels use this as a way to gain entry into Canada. Instead, why don’t they use the more traditional route of posing as Syrian Refugees like ISIS does???




  29.  
    Mark Szulc

    Mr. Trudeau will destroy Canada as we know it if he does not recognize latest French tragedy and change his insane immigration policy.




  30.  
    Betty

    This guy will soon be known world wide as “Mr. Bean.”




  31.  
    Jack

    I wonder what’s little Pierre going to say when the Washington people tell him what to do? I know… he’ll do a pirouette like his daddy used to do, LoL, that was priceless. Too bad it’s not on YouTube, big Pierre doing a pirouette behind the Queen’s back.




  32.  
    John

    An awful lot of sour grapes and distortions of fact here;
    no doubt meant to minimize a sense of lost opportunity
    for your political party.




  33.  
    Jonn

    The economy was in good shape.
    The budget was balanced or very close.
    Canada was well represented on the world stage.
    No one was screaming that taxes were out of control.
    Canada was in the top 2 among the G7 countries in most departments.
    Mr. Harper had Obamas attention & respect.
    Canada was well respected in the world.
    Canada’s economy was in good shape when the rest of the world was going broke.
    Mr. Harper was not afraid to defend Canada regarding terror or covering ones face.
    Mr. Harper left Canada in good shape.
    IF IT AINT BROKE…DONT TRY FIXING IT !!
    People who voted for jolly justin are going to get what they deserve !
    High taxes in every regard….to pay his billions in wild spending.
    A boy in a man;s position.
    Not knowing the first thing about running a country.
    Making Canada look foolish when meeting world leaders.
    The good news ? JUSTIN WILL BE GONE IN LESS THAN 4 YEARS ! GOOD RIDENCE !




    •  
      JG

      you are omitting the problem… whatever Harper did: good, bad or really bad he did without respect to canadians. He felt no explanation was owed, no discussion to be had… He was elected to represent canadians and he represented his own interests/ the conservative party’s interest and then a small percentage of canadians’ interests; and in that order.





      •  
        SaskGirl

        Wow must be a Lib lover. I can’t wait until you guys EAT your words and really regret your vote!!! This guy is a joke!! and in all my years I am ASHAMED to be a Canadian. All the youth who voted only heard the words pot and legal and based their vote on that. And they are our future GOD HELP US!!




      •  
        GOOD WORK

        JG – ARE YOU SERIOUSLY DILLUSIONAL! YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL YOU EAT YOUR WORDS AND BELIEVE ME, YOU & EVERY OTHER LIBERAL VOTER WILL! UNFORTUNATELY THE REST OF US WILL HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE AS WELL AND IT WILL BE A BIG PRICE TO PAY. HARPER WAS THE ONLY CHOICE!! AND THE PROOF WILL COME OUT IN THE PUDDING. GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE.




        •  

          We should not complain . We have elected a
          Hollywood-Bollywood Prime Minister who with one hand can twirls babies in the air and takes photos with his family fully clothed with water up to the waist in his swimming pool ?

          .Check Chatelaine Magazine.




    •  
      Darlene

      I agree completely John. The people who voted for him will get what they deserve but unfortunately we will get it too. But they will find out. I like the last line in this article.




    •  
      BD

      John, I totally agree with your comments, but too many people often have to learn the hard way. Just like his father, this guy is going to shrink your wallet and raise your taxes. Interest rates will rise and our present health care system deteriorate due to drainage. Unemployment will rise and our security will drop. Canadian culture as we have known it, will continue to diminish under Liberalism, and will only exist in the history books. Our older well-seasoned Canadian has a much better handle on the questionable leadership of this country, than the so-called minority (soon to be us). But that has been a deliberate political move for some time, especially from Liberals and NDP. Yes, we are an aging population who think like this. My principal hope is that, our politeness is not mistaken for weakness.
      I hope your good news comes to pass, except for one thing, and that his time will be much, much, much less than 4years. Yes GOOD RIDENCE




    •  
      Peter

      Look at all the bitter conservative losers so bitter their conservative government is gone. Take a look at the USA you morons. They were predominantly republican or as we call it in Canada conservative. All Harper did was jam our legal system up and want to put pot smokers in jail like the USA did. He brought in mandatory minimums like they have in the states. Even people from the USA advises Canada not to follow their lead. While the USA was removing mandatory minimums and stopping the war on drugs. Stephen harper who is stuck in 1980 trying to make the mistakes the USA already made. Harper gave the police more power. Now look at all the people being shot dead by our police. Bye Bye conservatives you can all grow old and die bitter. How about we use some science and facts rather then stone age conservatism. Drugs are bad put everyone in jail. You are the same people calling the police on your Nabors ruining their lives and their children’s future. Lets take a step back and stick together lets support someone who has a drug problem not throw them in jail so they can meet 500 new drug dealers. How about remove criminal records so the people who want to become productive tax paying citizens can. No we want to be unforgiving and make criminal records stick for life. Most of our police forces should be indited and imprisoned. I’d bet a cop would change his views if he was put in prison for a while. But like a conservative views it comes back to haunt you in the end. guess what every time you put someone in jail they come out a liberal. It won’t be long befor you are all dead anyway and we can stop the misery you old losers have caused. how about this one legalize all drugs so our kids can’t get them from the local drug dealer at the school yard you idiots. Anyone who went to school knows the easiest thing to get is illegal drugs. it takes way longer to get a pack of smokes or a bottle of beer that’s taxed and regulated. On a Friday night at 14 years of age I could get heroin, cocaine, in less then 10 minutes at school. it took me hours to get smokes and alcohol shoulder tapping at the corner store or at the beer store. Look around the world. they are all changing their views. don’t make things illegal so organized crime can profit from it.




    •  
      sue hayes

      WOW That was well said.I guess People love what I write because that was the exact thing that I wrote…I know this because I spelt riddance wrong and as I see it was never corrected I love copy and paste
      A boy in a man;s position.
      Not knowing the first thing about running a country.
      Making Canada look foolish when meeting world leaders.
      The good news ? JUSTIN WILL BE GONE IN LESS THAN 4 YEARS ! GOOD RIDENCE ! or good riddance
      Reply




  34.  
    Damien Gillis

    I should note that I wrote this piece 2 and a half years ago – amazing how much it’s been bounced around of late, likely by progressive voters dismayed at Mulcair’s fall from grace. While many of the concerns I raised here remain all this while later, many things have also changed. In any event, my herewith my post-election thoughts – an update to the story that will continue, likely now for years to come:

    http://commonsensecanadian.ca/harper-gone-now-what-10-trudeau-promises-canadians-need-kept/




  35.  
    Rob-bear

    Trudeau = Harper lite.
    Make no mistake about that.




    •  
      reverbe

      It’s possible that he has been staying under the radar. I feel like he’s one of us. Let him show his true colours – Canadians are watching more closely than ever.




  36.  
    John Bell

    Those are some of the many reasons why I voted NDP, early and without question!




    •  
      qoilho

      You mean you voted for someone who defended selling our water and who said he stood by Israel under all circumstances? Ultimately, you voted for a man who considered joining the conservatives and was a liberal for many years. A man who had no appeal, who took every opportunity to speak of the weaknesses of Harper and Trudeau rather than the strength of his party. I think the better man won!




  37.  
    Damien Gillis

    Some observations from the author on where we stand today, two and a half years later:

    http://commonsensecanadian.ca/anti-harper-vote-settling-trudeau-polls-show-seismic-shift/




  38.  

    ~ yes butt will I be able to grow my herbal cannabis in my back yard with my tomatoes without worrying about being tazzed , shot , perhaps murdered by state needlessly and likley U.N.justly imprisoned and possibly lobotomized in Prime Murder THE STEVE Stephen Harper’s Privitized Prison almost completed across the highway on the Inkinmeep Reserve 6 km north of Oliver British Columbia , would you please spell it out in a way I may share with my many millions of Canadian friends and neighbours that are very concern and frightened for their rights , safety , very limited family economy survival and wellness medicine . I am a very good Canadian , loving a peace keeping in all I do to serve life forward , with tax culpability blood on my hands and conscious for what has been done with our brave Canadian Peace Keepers in the Middle East ,sickend by the needless murder by my Canadian Tax Dollar and in my name . Please help if you can , many are as I am , though some not as disabled or passionately desperate with fore-site ! Thanks kindly good neighbours ! http://commonsensecanadian.ca/why-justin-trudeau-may-be-more-dangerous-than-harper/ for the full article




  39.  
    Krystina

    “Real leadership means fighting for real principles, even when they’re unpopular”, therefore Elizabeth May is the only honest and ethical leader.

    Vote Green on Oct 19th for a more sustainable Canada that works together. Restore Democracy. Restore Canadian science and the role of evidence-based decision making. Take BOLD ACTION ON CLIMATE. Defend our coastal waters from risky pipelines and oil tankers. Slow down growth of oil sand production.

    We have to ask “a moral question, a spiritual challenge, are we in our generation prepared to take seriously the idea that we have no right to steal from our grandchildren, great grandchildren and our great, great grandchildren. ” Elizabeth Bay




    •  
      Ray Stapleton

      Elizabeth May has consistently lied about the Never Forgotten National Memorial in Green Cove NS {Cape Breton Highlands National Park } .Even after being provided with the correct information , she still insists there will be a 300 car parking lot [only 76 car spaces will be provided ] and that such a development in the Park is against Park policy in spite of the information provided in the CB Highland’s Park Management Plan .




  40.  
    Michael

    Trudeau more dangerous than Harper?

    that is just plain stupid

    all of this nonsense with NDPers and Liberals attacking each other has given harper the lead so it’s time to stop fighting with each other and focus on the guy destroying our country.

    If we all voted strategically with leadnow, harper wouldn’t have a chance in hell.




  41.  
    Joe

    As a proud and reasonably well-informed Albertan, fully cognizant of the East/West tensions that have clouded the political landscape of Canada for decades, the title of this article naturally piqued my interest. Labeling Pierre Trudeau’s nescient, trust-fund man-child son, Justin, as ‘Canada’s most dangerous man’ undoubtedly triggered a collective amen from Albertans across the province. In spite of the article’s promising title, it took little time for the true nature of Damien Gillis’ baseless environmental extremism to manifest it’s odious stench. By referring to the Oil Sands in Northern Alberta as Tar Sands, where there is zero (0!) tar in any step of any process of extracting bitumen from the ground in northern Alberta, Gillis’ factless hippy ideologies are quickly exposed. Now, I need to mention that in a later article penned by Gillis on this same website, he admits, (in a bilking, verbally evasive fashion), that there is neither tar nor oil deposited as a natural resource in Northern Alberta. Despite this admission the author continues to imply the presence of tar in Alberta’s natural resources by continuing to use the term Tar Sands. His defence? Bitumen more closely resembles tar than oil. While this may in some respects hold true, what Gillis cannot seem to grasp is that end product of the entire process is oil. Plain and simply, tar has no involvement in anything remotely to do with Alberta’s Oil Sands. This process did not begin with tar, nor was it ever used at any point in the entire operation. But sadly, and not the least bit surprisingly, Gillis’ mulish stance remains fueled by unproven, equivocal environmental ‘science’.




    •  
      Damien Gillis

      Joe, it’s been a couple of years since I wrote this piece and a long time since you commented on it, but as it continues to make the rounds on social media during the 2015 election campaign, I figure a response is in order…

      As to your point about Tar Sands vs. Oil Sands, I offer other readers to a whole piece I wrote on the subject, to which you allude but apparently did not grasp: http://commonsensecanadian.ca/oil-sands-tar-sands-actually-theyre-neither/

      Suffice it to say, they are neither oil nor tar…but they are most definitely not oil, so drop the false dichotomy. I’ll agree to call them the Bitumen Sands if you will.

      As to your other charges, what you call “baseless environmental extremism” (LOL!), we call common sense – though, as you have once again demonstrated, it remains sadly uncommon in today’s Canada. Regardless, we’ll keep advocating for a diverse, sustainable Canadian economy while you bury your head further in that sand – of whatever name you wish to give it 😉




    •  
      Kay

      If your only argument hinges on the semantics of what to call the crater that is Northern Alberta, then you don’t have much of an argument.




  42.  
    Randall Kimm

    Justin Trudeau is just as reckless as his father was. Pierre nearly destroyed Canada with his insane policies regarding Quebec, National Defence and the astronomical waste created by his bilingualism policies. Justin is just following in his fathers footsteps. if elected he will ruin the nation. Like any opportunist he will say anything to anyone in order to get elected. If he becomes the next Prime Minister he will tax the nation into a recession and Quebec will likely separate. Like his cowardly father he lacks honour, honesty and integrity. We don’t need a dope smoking idiot to lead our nation.




  43.  
    G. Kelly

    Trudeau is the most dangerous politician ever to appear on the Canadian scene. His policies are absurd and so far from the mainstream, he will destroy the economy. His “American” left wing enviro-nut advisor(Butt) will have him turning Canada into a third world country close to the stone age.
    For all that’s good and holy, don’t vote Trudeau!!!




    •  
      John P

      If you think the economy is more important than the environment try holding your breath as you count your money.




      •  
        chao

        Funny because your entertainment is more important than the environment as you sit in front of a computer/laptop which uses materials sourced from slave labour and are massively polluting.




      •  
        Joe

        If you think the environment is in even close to that desperate of a situation, try holding your breath and not exhaling. Ever.




  44.  
    Stephen

    Isn’t it a shame a good politician has to dance around like a clown to win favor with Canadians at all cost to unseat the deceptive Stephen Harper.A shame politics is that sick and dysfunctional.I surely will not support any leader on the pipeline or vote for any of them.I doubt a lot of things said to win power ever come true anyways so how can you vote when what they say is not what they do?




  45.  
    Fritz Kohlhaas

    I don’t trust Trudeau!




  46.  
    Bob L

    What we really need in this country is a new voting system. “First to the Post” is clearly not working! As for Trudeau he is just another Petropolitical politician like Harper who has absolutely no regard for the environment or the future of this planet. And the NDP seems to becoming another Liberal party. For me the only leader worth voting for is Elizabeth May. Unfortunately she has little chance of increasing the number of seats for the Greens.




    •  
      Matt W

      May had me right up until the first leader’s debate. Then went on a rant about how her friends in the UK are in disbelief of the state Canada is in and how Canada is a Peace Keeping nation and how we should get back to that kind of thing. First of all, her “Friends” in the UK should look at their own back yard. They’re in a world of hurt. Second, has Elizebeth May every stood in between two well armed factions lacking the ROE to even defend themselves let alone innocent citizens. There to witness I think is the expression commonly used. Like any politician, if you don’t know anything about the subject….Keep your lips zipped.




  47.  
    Tory

    I think what Canada needs is a more in the center government. One that looks at the countries Economic needs and improve over all growth. But on the other hand doesn’t destroy the fabric of our society. They do not need to strip people of their rights or make unnecessary cuts.This is only because of corruption that is so embedded into the system we need to scrap senate. Hold our government accountable for criminal acts and not allow the prime minister to legislate their way out of trouble. How about Canada focused on their investing into their own people as a resource. It has been proven that statically that if you only prosper the wealthy you cause a fratigure in the economy’s growth.It is all based on false pretents the the rich make our economy,why so they do not have to share because they are entitled.People in position of power do not want you to think for yourselves,they want to think for you to gain maximum profit. How by separating business from human decency.It doesn’t have to be this way if we don’t want it to.Change is in the publics hands not the other way around.




  48.  
    Teresa

    He will legalize marijuana which will have have a huge impact on Canada both socially and economically. No more families ripped apart, criminalized for using a substance that is a safer alternative to alcohol.




    •  
      D

      Your so right. He is NOT a monster or a demon or even a dangerous human, at all. I think he’ll be the best thing to happen to Canada in a long time, and we are so overdue for some fresh forward thinking, and a younger generation to take the helm. This “old boys club” is really old, and no longer relevant.




    •  
      brad

      Only problem I worry about with the liberals is their policies on immigration, cause I would hate to see this beautiful country flooded with muslim immigrates an have the problems they are creating in Britain, France an Sweden just to name a few, an anyone who thinks what I say is racist then look in the mirror cause your part of the problem.




      •  
        Humanist

        Ouch. Brad, I think it best if you take a long hard look in the mirror my friend. When you are done, do some reading. I’m pretty sure that you will find some interesting facts about human transience. For as long as there have been people, they have moved in search of a better place to live. Even the First Nations people did not magically spring up from this land. Your rhetoric is prehistoric.




        •  
          Just Sayin

          He’s realistic, and you’re a fool if you think we should allow Muslims into our Homeland as potential terrorists..We are not obligated to let ANYONE into our country ,and someone ,i don’t know who ,or why, has already flooded Canada with many primitive Peoples and Cultures who add nothing positive to our Homeland.




    •  
      Kiana

      Teresa nice to see you have your priorities all straightened out. You go smoke another joint ok? Enjoy.
      Leave the real issues to those that see the real issues and the outcome of such.
      Do have a good day!




      •  
        Teresa

        Sure, and you go have a nice long drink of jack daniels while we take care of the nonsensical, hypocritical mess that the Harper imposes on Canadians.




      •  
        chao

        Does agreeing with legalizing marijuana suddenly render one incapable of handling other tasks/issues? People are not so one dimensional. The mentality where someone sums up a stranger and dismisses them based on a few words is the reason why attack ads work so well and why our politics continue to be nothing but a circus show and little better than a high school popularity contest.




    •  
      James

      Teresa,

      Do you believe this garbage you spout like a broken watering can.




  49.  
    Idina

    Sadly, it doesn’t matter who is the next PM. The seeds of the destruction of Canadian sovereignty and environmental and resource control are already sown. I so fear for my beloved nation. I am glad I am older and will not bear witness to all that is to come as we continue to have our democratic rights stripped and our environmental records burned and our right to free speech removed. Unbelievable. In only 8 years, Harper and his crew of unethical selfish liars have undone 100 years of nation building.




    •  
      chao

      Some on their way out work to better the future. Others prefer to complain about how bleak the future is so that they feel as if they won’t be missing out on anything good after they pass.




    •  
      Humanist

      It can seem hopeless Idina. The changes that are happening in the world now can find their roots far back in Human history. It doesn’t make the current global shift any less easy to make sense of. I have seen many older people retreat from the world because they are tired, and I have seen many younger people dismiss the intelligence of older people because they are perceived as being out-dated.
      I am sure that you would have some good points to share, not necessarily to change the way the world is headed, but to at least provide some perspective for those who are willing to make changes?




    •  
      Ruth McVeigh

      I’m with you Idina, age bracket and all! It really is unbelievable, but it is happening.




  50.  
    Sandra Harris

    I had hoped that Trudeau would be a good alternative to CPC but my hopes were dashed early on when he brushed off questions about fluoride in our drinking water and said that the Bilderberg secret meetings are a conspiracy theory!? Another politician who thinks we’re all stupid!

    We say we want change but real change would be to elect the NDP or Greens (a coalition between the 2 would be awesome). Wouldn’t that smack the CONS and LIBS upside the head! At this point and after all we’ve been exposed to during the CPC reign of terror… inexperience would be REFRESHING!

    I agree entirely with Damien Gillis. Trudeau won’t be any less dangerous than Harper.




    •  
      K..A.Miller

      There are no like buttons on these posts. Damn straight Sandra Harris! You hit the nail right on the head.




    •  
      Ken

      Are you serious? There are bigger f’en issues than fluoride in the water and you’re spewing off conspiracy bullshit that started back in the 50’s. Get with the f’en times.
      Sure he’s not good for Canada, he’s just a face to a pile of shit that was in charge before. But at least we know that that last party built a surplus of revenue, didn’t try to suppress scientific data.

      Sure lets elect the NDP or Greens!! Are you f’en insane? Those parties will raise taxes through the roof.

      Lets vote for none of the above. Throw all their asses in jail for being lying, cheating, unpatriotic asshole, shittards. Just like what Iceland did with their bankers, throw them in jail and make an example of them. If you don’t work for the betterment of the people you will be fired and possibly thrown in jail.




      •  
        Serge

        AMEN Ken!

        I do feel that Trudeau in a million years couldn’t repair the damage the Harper government has done! To many to mention but I hope someone starts making a list because there are thousands of major, and I mean major changes to the right of our normally politically central government. We look like the retarded little brother of the US in the eyes of the world. Our image was and is tarnished…proof we should have had that security council seat and we didn’t because of resent policies. Science, energy, environment, election fraud, senate fraud, G8 scandals, overcrowded prisons with stupid minimum sentences, the bashing of the seasonal workers with cuts in employment insurance…there is no end to the reasons why Canadians need to wake up!!!!




    •  

      What are you talking about. Realize that we had a good economy, and that he was looking after our interest. He did not hang out in bars and indulge himself in trying to be a celebrity. Harper was doing a great job. But I believe that the Liberals got in by loading the dice and they did that well.




  51.  
    jannxx

    As far as I’m concerned I’d rather see this pipeline go thru AB into the US than thru AB and BC where risks of environmental damage are greater to Canada. The US wants it, AB wants it so let them deal with the collateral damage in their jurisdiction. I care about BC and AB but this is the least damaging to BC. This dangerous pipeline is not going to be stopped by you or Trudeau so it’s damage control time. Until someone in AB has the guts to stand up it will continue. Let them bear the brunt of the ‘price of the pipeline’ IMO




  52.  
    Nick

    Okay, did a little research. I take back my previous comment, Justin apparently does support this to a degree.




  53.  
    Nick

    I’m pretty sure Justin Trudeau has stated none of these things. Can you please cite your references as to where this information is coming from? (especially with regards to Justin’s apparent support of tar-sands)




  54.  
    B

    who really cares but all you ‘hard working’ ‘poor’ MuDdLeD kLa$s that are FAST DISAPPEARING ‘thanx’ to the LESS than ‘working’ ‘poor’ EVER GREEDY CORPORATE RICH this ‘country’ was STOLEN by the Bloody British from the French who ‘invited’ themselves to ‘work with’ the First Nations whom they also USED to find their way across this new whirrl’d, $elling Beaver Furs and all the rest, so it’s KARMA that the ‘Communi$t’ Chine$e are now the ‘new’ OWNER$ of ALL of you. ‘good RUCK’ ‘communicating’ with those aLiEnS from the same (?) galaxy that the Annunaki are from..EVIL ‘hearted’ mindless DRONE LIKE INSECT$.




  55.  
    Randy Collins

    What really scares me is the lack of a true leader for Canada. Conservatives have Harper a self admitted controlaholic. Liberals have a rookie who thinks he can have as much or more power than his father. NDP have a mega-bore Leader of a party that a majority of Canadians still don’t trust. The Green Party does nothing but complain about things affect the environment. Where’s the Leadership? What we need is someone to bring everything together and come up with answers not questions.




    •  
      Ordinary Joe

      Mega-bore Leader; really?
      20 years as an elected official.
      Ministerial experience. (Minister of Environment in Quebec 2003-6)
      Author of North America’s first Sustainable Development Law
      First opposition Leader to kick the crap out of Harper.
      In what universe is Mulcair boring?
      Canadians actually started tuning into Question Period because of him.




      •  
        Michael

        I don’t think anyone thinks that Mulcair is an inexperienced politician. I don’t think that, at least. I do, however, find him to be a bit of an opportunist (basically reforming the NDP into a more centrist party for the sake of votes). In addition, as unfair as this may be, he lacks Jack Layton’s charisma, which was mostly responsible for the NDP’s success last election.

        Also, I’d say that Bob Rae did a good job of “kicking the crap out of Harper.” I suppose he wasn’t technically opposition leader, though.




  56.  
    Archives

    Friday, 31 May 2013 00:10 posted by Skookum1

    He’s a piece of fluff with old-guard backroom advisors pulling his strings and moving his tongue for him (Kinsella, Marissen, MacDonald et al). Notice his silence on the outcome of the BC election; he knows anything he says in support of Christy will alienate people who voted NDP and Green

    Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:10 posted by Frank

    the worst thing in all this is that most Canadians don’t fall on either side of this disscussion be cause they do not consern themselves with these important issues. He Mr Trudeau is not his father a man who felt Canada first in mind and asked for loyalty in Canadian ideals. What this country needs is a confident leader who pushes us as a nation toward the wealth that will raise standards of living in this contry without mummbling sorry to the rest of the world. We have it all but a true leader with Canadian vision to get it working for us. Sell it all to Chiana for a quick buck makes the whole nation a cheap warehouse. Sad Sad Sad

    Wednesday, 29 May 2013 16:56 posted by Dubz

    We need our third party back … a strong parliament that works for Canada is one that is forced to accept the will of the electorate and the only way to do that is that none of them get too cozy. For this reason I look forward to a good fight in 2015.

    Frankly though has much as it curls my gums to say .. neither Trudeau or Mulcair wouldI trust with our National Affairs as it pertains to the Global Community. Neither one of them seem to get the big picture. The corruptness of the UN .. morass that is NATO ..

    At first I interpreted Harpers distancing himself from these entities as unwise .. but much has happened in the last two years that make me realize we need to be a little more protectionist. Stand alone .. or risk get dragged into it.

    The fight to limit Emirates flights in .. the battle with Qataq iver location of the civil aviation office .. the recognition of the plight of minoruty muslims globally.. these were not even on the opposition radar.

    Trudeau and his carry the torch on Keystone .. comments about Quebec and the Senate.. I’m not hopeful. I was.

    Wednesday, 29 May 2013 06:51 posted by William OBrien

    As a lifelong liberal supporter I, like many Canadians, await the demise of this Harper regime and a return to politics with human values at the wheel but I am not sure I can trust the charisma of Justin Trudeau to fill the drivers seat.

    Wednesday, 29 May 2013 06:18 posted by Sandra Marsh

    I do not like people who cannot look you in the face when they talk to you…especially politicians!!! Trudeau could not look at the young woman asking him what he would do regarding replacing fossel fuels. He blahed about research and development, then looked at the next questioner, totally ignoring her. I cannot see him as our next PM. I see him as a puppet for Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Bucks!!!! Really look at him…he is not all that pretty!!

    Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:04 posted by Ryan

    Here is an example to look at…

    Geroge W near the end of his term was getting smashed by all sides (much like Harper is and will be)

    Obama was the charismatic, “the change” that the US needed and in the long term turned out to be worse. (Trudeau? maybe?)

    It is hard to look into a crystal ball but we need to look at the engine powering the machine not the shiny paint job.

    Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:44 posted by Norm Hamilton

    Once again the press suggests there are only two alternatives. The bottom line is that if we continue to elect any of the big three parties (those with whipped votes so the MPs are representing their parties instead of the constituents) we will always have the same result.

    There are alternatives. As an example the Green Party does not have a whipped vote and encourages a change in the electoral system so we can truly have the majority rule. (with protection for minorities in place)

    The Greens are also fiscally responsible, not against industry and are conscious of the need to protect our water, air and food supply. They also encourage input from the other parties so that all good ideas can be utilized. My experience with them is that they do not have the desperate need to be “right” that the others have.

    So, for me, they are an alternative to consider. Just sayin’.

    Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:12 posted by matt evans

    The oil industry will buy the support of either party; it’s how they operate. I want to like Trudeau, and surely the liberals will be less draconian than the Harper junta and their war on science and culture. But the liberals integrity hasn’t exactly been spotless either. Its discouraging that at this point in history, when the consequences of fossil fuels are so established that there is seemingly no political will to stand up to big oil, or show leadership on the research and development of alternatives.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 22:35 posted by Damien Gillis

    Spike, you raise an interesting point. My trouble with that is it’s asking a lot of someone deeply concerned about climate change and the other urgent matters at hand to guess at Justin’s motives, calculations and true intentions. What if you’re wrong? Then we’ve put in power someone who will be in a position to carry out the Harper/corporate/Big Oil agenda for years to come as young Trudeau may prove even harder to dislodge. Your scenario would also mean he’s deliberately misleading the media and public now, fully intending to change policies once in office. I find that morally problematic. It’s also politically dangerous as he would forever open himself to “flip-flopper” attacks from his opponents, which have proven highly effective in the past. I return to my conclusion in the piece: “Great politicians find a way to sell good ideas to the public and media.” But I concede your hypothesis may indeed be correct.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 22:09 posted by spike coville

    some people seem to be missing the possible strategy of Trudeau his mimicking of harper ideas prevents harper from attacking him via attack ads JT doesn’t have a “plan” yet it is still being created because why would a poker player let you know whats in his hand? dion made this catastrophic mistake iggy opposed harper early on allowing harper to define both them early via attack ads and policies whereas JTis by playing coy and vague harper doesn’t know where Trudeau stands thus harper fires wildly into a dark night not knowing if he hit anything so congrats to JT for playing political hide an seek this however is my opinion not a fact of the matter

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:09 posted by Damien Gillis

    I mention it because I feel it’s germane to my argument, James. Do you think by ignoring his appearance he will somehow cease to be good-looking?!

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:48 posted by James

    Why mention his appearance?
    All media does it – but you’re just reinforcing the belief that voters can’t understand big issues, and are as superficial as our election choices.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 15:35 posted by John Hill

    ln such time as the whole worldwide political system undergoes a pardigm shift for the betterment of all (which it mI am vehemently against expansion of any fossil fuel production, and for the need to transition to green, renewable energy asap in Canada, mostly because of climate change, but also for regional ecological benefits, clean water retention, and the greater long term economic benefits this construes. However, untiust), we have no choice but to take pragmatic steps in the right direction within the existing badly broken system. For me, that can only even begin to happen by removing the HarperCons first. While being very wary and vigilant, I’m willing AT THIS POINT to give JT the benefit of the doubt that he is just playing smart politics within the broken system in which he has to operate, to acheive that goal (ie “politics as the art of the possible”). Then, I and all progressive people must push back hard on JT (and Mulcair or whoever), to get further change, like Proportional Representation (perhaps, in a likely minority government the NDP could insist on this to support the Liberals), rapid transition to green energy, and FAIR trade or no trade deals

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:11 posted by Damien Gillis

    Brian, my thesis is he MAY be more dangerous because he wants the same things but is in a position to make them seem far more attractive than Harper. I suggest that as long as he’s willing to adopt the same key positions re: our energy/economic policy, the banking and energy sectors will wisely adopt him as their new puppet – which could spell another decade headed in the wrong direction, long after Harper’s expiry date (which I sense may be sooner than you think). Finally, I raise the question: what is scarier – a guy who believes in the wrong thing, or a guy who believes in nothing, but is willing to say anything to get elected…

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:57 posted by Brian

    What scares me. Damien, is having you think that a you think that ANYONE could be more dangerous than Harper.
    Harper in an undemocratic megalomaniac who clearly supports fascist principles. Trudeau may be scary but the damage done by Harper is colossal.
    He is a vicious pariah of the worst sort.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:51 posted by Damien Gillis

    Ryan J, exactly how would you define Justin’s key issues” then? Name them if you will. I am not aware of much in the way of tangible, important positions beyond those I’ve named. The rest that I’ve seen is rhetorical fluff. Partly, when I say “key issue”, I mean key to Canada. These are THE key issues facing us – our economic future, how we manage our resources, protect our environment, engage with First Nations, create jobs, etc. – all of which are wrapped up in the issues I focus on here.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:37 posted by Anthony Marr

    I recall some months ago that he said, at least implied, that he was against the tar sands, and I thought, hallelujah, we now have the Libs and the NDP against the Cons on the issue. Last week, I heard on the car radio about him congratulating the Alberta premier for a job well done, and rooting for the Enbridge pipeline, and I nearly drove off the road. So now I see that the Libs are a ship without a rudder, and driftng with the wind.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:02 posted by JoeBlow

    We should not sell oil under any condition and put thousands of Canadian’s out of work and lose billions in revenue to the country? I don’t like dirty tech but the infrastructure is already here and clean tech is not. It makes sense to switch to clean renewable energy but that will take many years to create a profitable industry to support us. Yes, we are selling out to China because they are our customer, but Harper has put bad conditions on that deal. What they need to do is gaurantee environmental saftey and build pipelines that don’t break until they switch to being able to sell a clean product. Hey you don’t quite your job until you find another one and the public wants everything now without sacrificing what we have today. Unfortunately we are oil rich with the infrastructure ready, do we ignore that and starve? It’s not simple. Another necessary evil is protecting the oil with war machines. Protect Canadian lives so we are a force to be taken seriously, globally. Justin is young and inexperienced but his heart is in the right place, he doesn’t need to write long speeches to get his point across, we need a leader we can understand not a leader who is working against us.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:50 posted by Ryan J

    What a load of crap. 😀

    Seriously, those are *not* his key issues, he was supporting the premier who didn’t cave to American politics (and letting Albertans know they didn’t just waste cash – dig the ellipses in the scare quote at the bottom), and he was part of a bipartisan Conservative-Liberal effort to introduce environmental standards to Chinese manufacturing through the CNOOC-Nexen deal – as well as opening trade relations with nations outside of America, giving us greater freedom to act as trade partners on a national scale.

    This whole article is spin. Plain and simple.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:48 posted by Laurent Desbois

    Justin et les sables bitumineux
    Par Steven Guilbeault, 5 mai 2013

    http://journalmetro.com/opinions/la-vie-en-vert/304874/justin-et-les-sables-bitumineux/

    Il s’agit d’un départ franchement navrant pour celui qui aspire à remplacer Stephen Harper.

    De plus, selon Radio-Canada, M. Trudeau reproche au gouvernement Harper de ne pas en faire assez pour promouvoir ce projet… Vraiment!

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:43 posted by Damien Gillis

    J, your points are taken. Speaking of “strategic resources” does imply a colonial, euro-centric view. I will note, though, that it is a First Nation that is leading the charge against FIPA through the courts – the Hupacasath – based on the implications of this deal to their title and rights. http://tinyurl.com/c3xkxza Our peoples – settler and indigenous – have a shared interest in these threats, and our strength in opposing them derives in part from working together. I do take issue with your allegation of Sinophobia. I am concerned about awarding complete ownership of any resources (let’s call them “important” rather than “strategic”) to any foreign nation. I have particular concerns about China because of their political nature and human rights record, which our mainstream media and politicians have all but forgotten since they became a big trading partner and financier for both the US and Canada. That’s not Sinophobic, it’s sensible. PS I urge you to check out my latest project, a documentary in production called Fractured Land, which explores these issues from an indigenous perspective: http://vimeo.com/57914714

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:52 posted by TK

    In all and frank honesty, I don’t give a rats ass, who runs for PM, who gets the most votes for PM, I just want Harper gone! I don’t vote Conservative nor Liberal. I’m a dedicated New Democratic Party supporter. I can see The Green Party getting more than 1 seat in parliament, since most Canadians are fed up with the Conservatives and Liberals. The NDP and Green Party will gain more supporters. I can see the Conservatives becoming a minority along side of the Liberals. Canada needs a change and that change is no Harper. JT may be handsome. JT caught the attention of the younger generation of our great country. Bash all you want but JT’s father no doubt, went through the same thing. P.E Trudeau ran Canada for a few terms. IF (and that’s a big IF) JT runs and wins, Canadians will be watching closely. A new government without Harper is what most if not all, Canadians want. Canada needs fresh governmental blood. I guess only time will tell come election day. Choose wisely. Vote damn it. If you don’t vote, then you don’t have any right to complain. Choose your political party correctly. Don’t get sucked into candy coated promises… again.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:46 posted by Laurent Desbois

    Simply preserving his father’s legacy. That’s why he wants to be PM of Canada.
    “Le vrai visage de Pierre Elliot Trudeau”

    http://lesintouchables.com/livre-576-Le-vrai-visage-de-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau.php

    Voir l’essai à la fois psychanalytique, anthropologique et politique au sujet de ce dernier: “Le vrai visage de Pierre Elliot Trudeau” par François-Xavier Simard, éd. Les Intouchables, 2006. ISBN : 2-89549-217-4.

    Ce médecin conclu que l’hostilité de Trudeau contre la nation Québécoise s’expliquerait par son conflit œdipien et des identifications familiales.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:15 posted by Merlin

    I said from square one JT was a poor choice for the new liberal leader. Expect Harper lite. We’ll still be sold out to everyone on the planet especially the Chinese.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 06:49 posted by Ron S.

    If you want something that really looks good while listening we could vote a Barbie or Ken Doll in and just let it stand there while the back room boys do the wheeling and dealing. Basically that is what JT is, a Ken Doll without and real policies. Just a figurehead for corporations.

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:11 posted by Janice P

    Great article Damien. Shared to my Google+ and FB
    TY for writing and posting what I was thinking. 🙂

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:05 posted by J

    I dream of a future when I can read mainstream progressive analysis of Canadian politics that doesn’t endorse the colonial fantasy of ‘strategic resources’ while promoting Sinophobia – as though dealing with Chinese companies is anywhere near as destructive and disempowering as a million Harper/Liberal policies on immigration, first nations, environment, taxation, war on terror, civil liberties, and we could go on and on. If you want to see a progressive restoration in Canada, great, let’s see it, but let’s do it without feeding racism and the worn but vigorous dreams of Western empire.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 21:57 posted by Tony Chamberlist

    I am a dyed in the wool old school liberal….can’t stand Harper, and the Trudeau kid is giving me a massive headache. Is this political opportunism genetic? I remember when his pop brought Joe Clark’s minority government down by lighting his hair on fire over a moderate gas tax increase in finance minister John Crosbie’s budget, only to increase the gas tax after regaining a majority. Justin Trudeau is the best the Grits could do? Blechhh….I’m voting Green.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 20:59 posted by clifford morgan

    Why are our governments wanting to destroy our environment, and so the wild game, the salmon and sorts of mammals and fishes when there is a oil spill, and also, the lives of people due to the chemicals from mining, fracking. Trudeau is just another of those who is going to gain votes by saying it is good for the economy. People must think hard before they vote for a party, check each one out thoroughly, and see who is going to protect the environment and wild game, and sorts of fishes, and the rivers, streams, and lakes. See what is happening in northern Canada and some American states.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 20:39 posted by Sam Ting Wong

    We do not need a deal with China!! I lived in Asia for 15 yrs and am now very anti China…. they have no right in WTO and they have no right half ass’dly making toys for my kids or TV’s for my family room. The traditional Chinese values are gone thanks to thier Communist capilitism, it is a free for all that motivates those who can to take advantage of those who can’t, there is no protection for the little guy and no limits for the greedy…. Canada is not perfect…. in fact it is not even the Canada I left in the 90’s but we do still have values that extend beyond our finger tips and we care about those outside our own walls…. China is a mess, they are led by those beyond corrupt… they are criminal and us bowing down to them over thier illigally obtained money is embarrasing. I have no problem selling to them, all our oil, fine…. but use that money in Canada to develop alternative, renewable sources of energy that we can then sell to China when the oil runs out…. taking thier money is fine by me, putting them in a position to make anything of us is not okay with me, they have no conscience and use ours against us!! TRUE STORY

    Monday, 06 May 2013 19:51 posted by Ashta

    I asked Justin what his plan was for replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. Here’s a youtube video of his response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8BXPGyNphg

    Monday, 06 May 2013 18:54 posted by Tyler

    Here’s what I was talking about. https://groups.google.com/forum/m/?fromgroups#!topic/canada-eu-ceta/-13GjeLACOg I guess I was wrong about the bipartisan part. The Liberals are all alone on this one.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 18:26 posted by Dianne Rose

    sometimes when I need peace to gain clarity when presented with crises I repeat little quotes that have stuck in my mind, this of Pierre Trudeau responding to a decision about Indigenous rights – You people have more rights than I thought you had.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 15:56 posted by the salamander

    Great essay Damien .. as always, to the point, accurate, clarifying.. balanced .. reflecting your values, which admirably reflect what I’ve always assumed were Canadian values.

    We’ve become a nation that is being taken for a ride. We don’t mill our logs or refine our energy resources for our own use.. we just hand it over to needy
    & greedy empires.. in the name of money & the economy. And all ethics, common sense, foresight, environment, truth and Canadian values be damned.

    Stephen Harper is an elite, calculating carpetbagger, a liar & manipulator, obstructing justice & truth to suit his interests & ideology and those white power brokers he sees as the rightful rulers of Canada.. by some bizarre invented divine right.

    Justin Trudeau is either a complete fool.. or a yes man for factions that simply want a more compliant figurehead that Stephen Harper. Neither party really has electable MP’s or Ministers capable of leading a country.

    Jason Kenney – lives with his mommy
    Baird ? Clement ? Mackay ? The complicit stench of Harper is all over them .. the only question is who will stink less. Oliver, Kent, Ashfield are toast.. damned by their actions, All are decomposing dreck.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 15:52 posted by Stephanie

    I would suggest those active in the Liberal Party need to fully engage with the policy development. That seems to be the only way. Great piece, clear, concise, respectful. Thanks.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 14:53 posted by manifesto2000

    All this shows that the real political choice that faces the fact that the atmosphere can not absorb any more carbon at this time – leaves Mulcair and May as the only political leaders who have their priorities straight.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 14:31 posted by anon

    “We voted for Harper because we hated the Liberal”

    Please don’t say ‘we’. I voted for neither because both did a bad job at convincing me and it seems I was right with my votes. The majority of Canadians only seem to care about who can make our economy prosper more than anything else.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 14:18 posted by Evil Eye

    Canadian politics is more and more politics of hate.

    We voted for Harper because we hated the Liberal and now we may vote for Trudeau the Younger because we now hate Harper and the Conservatives.

    Canadians do not vote for anything, rather we vote against. Trudeau will win because the electorate will vote against Harper and Mulcair.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 13:41 posted by johneen Ponder

    He reminds me of Christy Clark and that is not a good thing.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 12:40 posted by Damien Gillis

    “We need a trade deal with China”. Really? Says who? The deal is done, it’s signed, simply awaiting ratification in Parliament. There’s no “bi-partisan political review” – we’re way, way beyond that. So this is THE China-Canada trade deal on the table – and it is very bad indeed. And no, we do not need it. http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/11/05/Van-Harten-FIPA/

    Monday, 06 May 2013 12:29 posted by Tyler

    I really want to know something. What is wrong with the position Trudeau has taken on the FIPA? Hasn’t he agreed to a bipartisan analysis of what can be improved upon there? Either people reporting on this are not aware of this or they appear to be anti-trade. Let’s face it people, we need a trade deal with China of some sort. They may be the future of the world’s economy. The deal needs to be changed, and, as far as I’m aware, Trudeau has set about making changes.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 12:16 posted by Kevin Logan

    Good piece.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 12:15 posted by Damien Gillis

    Listens to get elected, not to lead, not to make the world a better place. That’s what scares me, NaiveMadHatter.

    Monday, 06 May 2013 12:12 posted by NaiveMadHatter

    Isn’t that one of the best things about Justin Trudeau. He does not come to the plate without listening to what is needed. He does not single offhandedly assume he knows all of the answers.

    We need a leader who listens, evaluates and then implements what is best over all.

    And he would look good doing it too.





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