Just as he can fiercely condemn racism in Canada after a lifetime of performing in blackface at so many public and private functions that he couldn’t keep count, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vigorously defended democracy before the European Parliament Wednesday while eviscerating the Freedom Convoy as a bunch of “cynical populists” who are eager “to exploit” the fears and anxieties of the ignorant masses.
You can’t make this material up. Only Trudeau, who just inked a cynical deal with the NDP to form a majority government he didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve would have the nerve to call the truckers and protesters who participated in the Freedom Convoy as “cynical.” They were the ones who had their bank accounts frozen, their trucks impounded, their children seized, their reputations ruined, their lives destroyed – yeah, that’s real Ottawa politics.
But let Trudeau continue.
“They pretend to have easy solutions that play on people’s fears. Even in Canada, where 90% of people are vaccinated, and our motto as a country ‘peace, order, and good government,’ we saw anti-vaccine and anti-government protest evolve into illegal occupations of our communities and blockades of our borders,” said Trudeau, who accused the Freedom Convoy leaders of being “effective in turning citizens with real anxieties against the system best suited to allay those concerns.”
Apparently Trudeau isn’t one of those Canadians who believe in “peace, order and good government” because he hasn’t delivered on any of these. And it is just as apparent in Trudeau’s limited thinking that the 10% who did not get vaccinated are the ones who are most apt to be seduced by any political fallacy or be duped by any “populist” lie.
Trudeau had much to say about democracy and about how defending Ukraine was all about defending that sacred value. After all, he’s such an expert on the subject.
“Putin’s attack on Ukraine is an attack on the values that form the pillars of all democracies. We have a responsibility to make the case to people about why these values matter so much — not just to Ukrainians but to us all,” Trudeau told the group, their eyes surely rolling upwards.
“We must recommit ourselves to the work of strengthening our democracies, and demonstrate the principled leadership people are looking for.”
Ironically, despite all the talk about Ukraine representing the zenith of democratic values, so many in the media have forgotten all about the talk of corruption in the state and few reported that President Volodymyr Zelensky just banned 11 opposition parties that allegedly have ties with Russia. So Trudeau might be in familiar company after all.
Trudeau has been in Europe trying to look like the international statesman, ever since he looked like the international tyrant who invoked the Emergencies Act to clear a few rigs from Wellington St. and persecute his political enemies, stealing their trucks and money and throwing some in jail while sicking the police on hundreds of others and closing some businesses who dared to serve them lunch and dinner. He hasn’t fooled some European members of parliament who find his overseas presence absolutely revolting and his ongoing hypocrisy nauseating.
Mislav Kolakusic tweeted on March 23, “PM Trudeau, in recent months, under your quasi-liberal boot, Canada has become a symbol of civil rights violations. The methods we have witnessed may be liberal to you, but to many citizens around the world it seemed like a dictatorship of the worst kind.”
Christine Anderson tweeted: Yesterday, Canada’s Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau visited the #EU Parliament to give a speech. I took the opportunity to give him an appropriate “welcome” there. Short, concise and right hitting the bull’s eye!: Her speech included the remark: “Mr. Trudeau: You’re a disgrace to any democracy!”
Bernhard Zimniok noted: “I tried to prevent the speech of PM Trudeau in the #EU Parliament because he recently trampled on the core values of democracy. Unfortunately, the enemies of democracy are also on the rise in #Europe, as the reaction of my colleagues clearly show.
Now that he has a straight man in Jagmeet Singh, Canada has Trudeau unleashed for the next three years and he can continue to preach democracy at home and abroad while acting the perfect hypocrite. It remains to be seen whether his own Liberal caucus or a majority of the NDP caucus will have the sufficient pain threshold to endure this stomach-churning performance without pulling the plug or throwing Trudeau out with the trash. Tough choice.
David Krayden is the Senior Parliamentary Columnist for the Western Standard
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