PUTTING THE BRAKES ON FOR VOTING REFORM
CANADIANS NEVER WANTED TO CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF CANADA
WHEN THEY ARE REALLY TRYING TO KILL YOU IS NOT ISLAMOPHOBIA
By Eric Margolis
TORONTO – “Speak not ill of the dead,” the ancient sages cautioned.
Sometimes, however, we must.
As now, when we watch the memory of Pierre Trudeau, who died last week, being cynically manipulated, grossly distorted, and cloyingly sentimentalized by his Liberal Party heirs to win votes in upcoming elections. Trudeau’s sainted ghost is to be used like the corpse of the Spanish hero, El Cid, strapped onto a horse and sent into battle.
Most Canadians have been brainwashed into believing the charming, charismatic Trudeau was a great prime minister who built a strong, prosperous, humane Canada that was morally and socially superior to the United States. This fable was charmingly echoed by the increasingly leftish Toronto Globe & Mail, in one of many weepy hagiographic tributes to St. Pierre: ‘PM Jean Chretien…considers himself the main defender of Mr Trudeau’s liberal vision of a just and compassionate Canada.’
Let me precisely quantify the costs of Trudeau’s ‘just and compassionate Canada,’ both for Canadians who wish to continue Trudeauismo, and for Americans who are being told by Democrats that socialized Canada offers a far more successful and humane culture than the USA:
In 1968, when Trudeau went from rich, socialist professor who had never held a real job in his life to prime minister, Canada’s national debt was a modest $11.3 billion; the federal deficit was zero. When Trudeau left office in 1984, the debt had mushroomed to $128 billion; the deficit to $25 billion annually. But this was just the beginning.
Canada’s Great Helmsman created a vast bureaucracy, and massive welfare programs to buy votes for his Liberal Party. He restricted trade and free markets, imposing confiscatory taxes.
Trudeau drove Canada so far left that today’s opposition Canadian Alliance – a moderate centrist party by world standards – is routinely termed ‘rightwing’ or ‘far right.’ The state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corp (which I call the Ministry of Truth), teachers unions, the monoculture leftist academia, and left-leaning media keep brainwashing Canadians that high taxes and big government are good for Canada and the essence of national identity. Anyone who questions rule by bureaucracy, deficit spending, unlimited immigration, or social engineering is denounced as a far-right racist.
When Trudeau entered office, Ottawa spent 30% of Canada’s total economic output (the same as the USA). When he left, government spending had skyrocketed to almost 53%. With half of Canadians working directly or indirectly for Ottawa, the nation became infected with bureaucratic and union work ethics – state-sponsored laziness.
Trudeau and his successor quickly learned a basic strategy of Europe’s socialist governments: if the state can employ over half of voters, they will always vote for the party of government.
Government is supposed to serve taxpayers. But under Trudeau and his Liberal Party, it became Canadians who labored to serve an increasingly disdainful, autocratic government. Canadians were gulled into believing that when Ottawa taxed them ten dollars, and gave back two, they were getting ‘benefits’ and ‘social services.’
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