For someone who repeatedly claims it’s the Conservatives who will fight dirty in next year’s federal election, while he’s going to take the high road, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should look in the mirror.
Because these days, he’s sounding more and more like a sanctimonious twit.
To be clear, all politicians “play politics”. It’s a contact sport.
Political parties accuse their opponents of “dirty politics” every day, then practice the same “dirty politics” they just condemned.
But what’s different about Trudeau is what appears to be his permanent state of high moral dudgeon and painful self-righteousness, on virtually every issue.
Question him on practically any decision and you’re not just wrong, you’re evil.
Challenge his government’s decision to transfer the vicious murderer of eight-year-old Tori Stafford from a prison to an indigenous healing lodge, as the Conservatives, and in particular Lisa Raitt did on behalf of Tori’s outraged father, and, according to Trudeau, it’s because they’re “ambulance-chasing politicians”.
That was a day after Trudeau criticized “the politics of personal attacks” — saying he would take the high road in the next election.
That was his theme up to the moment his government reversed course and transferred Tori’s murderer back to prison, by Trudeau’s bizarre logic making the Liberals “ambulance chasers”.
Ditto when Global TV broke the story that Statistics Canada was after the banking information of 500,000 Canadians, when Trudeau dismissed opposition concerns about potential violations of confidentiality by going off on an irrelevant rant that Stephen Harper cancelled the long-form census.
That continued right up to the moment when the Trudeau government reversed course again, after the privacy commissioner said he hadn’t been informed by Statistics Canada of the scope of what it intended to do.
Now the project’s on hold pending review.
Question Trudeau’s carbon tax and either the prime minister or Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will accuse you of not caring about saving the planet for your children.
Question his government’s “anti-Islamophobia” motion, and you’re a bigot.
Question federal policy on irregular/illegal border crossers and you’re a racist.
Trudeau doesn’t even have to be challenged on something before telling us about how morally superior he is.
For example when, out of the blue, he said immigrants who come to Canada care more about it than people who were born here, because natural-born Canadians take Canada for granted.
No one would have objected if Trudeau had said we’re all equal as Canadians no matter where we were born, or when we arrived in this country. But that wasn’t his message.
It was another example of Trudeau’s constant need to preen, to portray himself as morally superior not only to the opposition parties, but to Canadians who don’t share his views on political issues.
Cover politics long enough and you realize that regardless of which party they’re in, politicians are pretty much all the same.
Some are there for the right reasons and work hard. Some aren’t and don’t.
But they all condemn in other parties, what they excuse in their own.
Corruption isn’t a function of ideology, but of time spent in power.