There’s never going to be one single “a ha” moment in Canada when it collectively dawns on us that our country is headed in the wrong direction.
Nobody sweats the small stuff. Then one day you look back and realize all the little things have turned into something bigger.
But these past few years – more specifically, these past four years – we’ve seen “small stuff” mounting that’s been harder to ignore.
Canada is blessed to have a natural resources sector with a product desirable in other markets that can create well-paying jobs both in Alberta and other provinces all while raking in tax dollars for government coffers.
Yet the Liberal government not only refuses to go to bat for this sector that is more ethical than those in other countries, but they bring in legislation that will effectively shut it down. It’s like the members of a household actively undermining their breadwinner.
On the foreign policy front, the world is watching the aggressive rise of China under its authoritarian leader Xi Jinping, the most ideological hardliner since Mao. This is not turning out well for Canada.
China wants to stealthily buy up our intellectual property, natural resources and corporations and land from under us all the while making us entirely submit to them on any point of disagreement. So far, they’re succeeding. Foreign students and those immigrants who are loyal to Beijing are literally taking to our streets to mock our way of life and praise the Chinese Communist Party and yet most media and politicians here don’t even bat an eyelash.
The above aren’t just random policy files pulled out of a hat. There are other things of lesser consequences you can point to that Trudeau has bungled. The difference is that these ones represent an existential threat to the future of Canada. If we continue to get these sorts of files wrong, it means the erosion of Canada as we know it.
Two years ago we celebrated Canada 150 to great fanfare all without anyone daring to articulate a national identity beyond the tired and increasingly meaningless mantra that “diversity is our strength”.
He’s openly hostile to the flourishing of our resources sector. He either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care that Xi Jinping is dead set on creating a future where the West bows to China. And Trudeau’s sense of national identity is to vilify anyone who believes in a national identity.
“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada” and we are the world’s “first post-national state”, Trudeau famously told The New York Times shortly before becoming PM. Imagine that, leading a country that you’ve openly claimed is not greater than the sum of its parts. Of course you’re going to let it flounder.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau ran for re-election for his second term in 1972 under the slogan “the land is strong”. He barely won.
If you take a look at the top-line economic data in Canada today, you could argue the same is true right now. But make no mistake about it: it is not strong because of Trudeau. If anything, Canada remains strong in spite of its current leader.
How long will this be the case? Can we keep it together for another term under Trudeau? Don’t risk it. The long-term consequences could be disastrous.