KINSELLA: Liberals jumping ship as S.S. Trudeau cruises towards proverbial iceberg


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KINSELLA: Liberals jumping ship as S.S. Trudeau cruises towards proverbial iceberg
Warren Kinsella
Published:
May 4, 2019
Updated:
May 4, 2019 4:20 PM EDT
Justin Trudeau speaks with Liberal MP Andrew Leslie prior to a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the attack on Parliament hill Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)
Cue the soundtrack from Titanic.
Once upon a time, Andrew Leslie was a star Liberal Party candidate. A decorated former commander of the Canadian Armed Forces, Leslie was hailed by Justin Trudeau as proof the Liberals were pro-military.
Way back in 2013, when Trudeau named the 35-year veteran to an advisory committee on international affairs, he said as much.
Having Leslie around showed “a tremendous amount of support and pride for our Canadian Forces,” Trudeau said.
Well, that was then, this is now.
Lots of people thought Leslie was a shoo-in for a senior cabinet post. But it was not to be. Trudeau made Leslie whip, which is the Parliamentary equivalent of a hall monitor. But he never bestowed on Leslie a senior cabinet minister post.
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Now we may have learned why.
On Friday, CTV revealed that Leslie is readying to testify in the sensational trial of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman — and against the Trudeau government, no less.
The shocking revelation is bad, bad news for the Trudeau regime. But it’s good news for those of us who still believe in the Rule of Law. And it certainly suggests that Andrew Leslie deserved to be a minister.
Adam Vaughan probably felt he deserved one, too. The former Toronto city councillor was recruited by Trudeau with great fanfare back in 2014. It was a big deal.
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan (Toronto Sun files)
Trudeau’s factotums even leaked news of Vaughan’s candidacy to the Toronto Star, which dutifully ran it on the front page like it was a moon landing.
“Adam Vaughan’s decision to seek the Liberal nomination in the Trinity-Spadina by-election was sealed with a handshake over lunch at Le Select Bistro!” the Star gushed. “There’s no question (recruiting Vaughan) is a coup for Justin Trudeau!”
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After reading that, Adam Vaughan could be forgiven for thinking he was destined for ministerial limousines and a “P.C.” appended to his surname. But, like Andrew Leslie, it was not to be.
The closest Vaughan ever got to the big leagues was “Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs.” Which, as we say back home in Calgary, is a title that is all hat but no cattle. It’s the square root of diddly.
Bill Blair too. Recruited with fanfare by Trudeau and his fart-catchers, then dropped into the anonymity of the Liberal backbench for years.
A former Toronto Police chief, Blair achieved distinction for overseeing the largest abridgement of civil rights in modern Canadian history, during the G20 summit in 2010. Trudeau — whose family had hands-on experience with abridging civil rights, too — was unperturbed.
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec.13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
“Mr. Blair was a first responder for over 39 years and having him by my side…emphasizes how seriously we take the responsibility of service in this party,” Trudeau said.
And, then, poof! Bill Blair disappeared.
Along with Leslie, other Liberal MPs are disappearing, too. At the moment, a total of 18 ridings won’t have an incumbent Liberal on the ballot in the Fall.
Scott Brison, whose sudden resignation gave Trudeau the pretext to jettison Jody Wilson-Raybould, has decided to spend more time with his family back in Nova Scotia. Same with Bill Casey, Mark Eyking, Colin Fraser and Rodger Cuzner — all Nova Scotia Liberal MPs, all choosing discretion over valour.
Thunder Bay Liberal MP Don Rusnak. Newmarket’s Kyle Peterson. Quebec’s invisible Grit MP, Nicola Di Iorio. The fearless and principled Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who was rightly disgusted by Trudeau’s grubby efforts to secure a sweetheart deal for SNC-Lavalin in court. She’s leaving, too.
Oh, and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott — the two ministers who resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet because they could no longer abide the corruption and cronyism. And who were later kicked out of caucus by Trudeau for telling the truth to power. Liberals no more.
Trudeau’s spinners, naturally, are all insisting the departures are natural and normal.
The rest of us, meanwhile, can be forgiven for wondering whether the S.S. Trudeau is cruising towards the proverbial iceberg.
And whether those 18 Liberal MPs have decided, wisely, to abandon ship.
http://torontosun.com/opinion/column...erbial-iceberg
 
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Scott Brison, whose sudden resignation gave Trudeau the pretext to jettison Jody Wilson-Raybould, has decided to spend more time with his family back in Nova Scotia. Same with Bill Casey, Mark Eyking, Colin Fraser and Rodger Cuzner — all Nova Scotia Liberal MPs, all choosing discretion over valour.

Or choosing to remain left-of-center instead of helping turn the Liberal Party into another leftist shit pile of vacuous, emotional relativists. Because that's what Groper is turning the LPC into.
 
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Don’t be silly. That’s what the LPC already was. That’s why they were quite comfortable having Trudeau as leader
 
taxslave
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Or perhaps they now have enough time in to get their golden handshake from the long suffering taxpayer.
 
Walter
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Or perhaps they now have enough time in to get their golden handshake from the long suffering taxpayer.

Peterson of Newmarket has not put in enough time for his golden handshake.
 
pgs
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Or perhaps they now have enough time in to get their golden handshake from the long suffering taxpayer.

At least four don’t have enough time yet .
 
Walter
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At least four don’t have enough time yet .

Please list the one termers.
 
pgs
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At least four don’t have enough time yet .

Leslie , Raybould Wilson , Philpott , and the lady whose name Casta—— I don’t completely know .
 
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Leslie , Raybould Wilson , Philpott , and the lady whose name Casta—— I don’t completely know .

Thanks.
 
Jinentonix
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Don’t be silly. That’s what the LPC already was. That’s why they were quite comfortable having Trudeau as leader

I wouldn't call Chretien or Martin leftists. No, the problem was after some leadership disasters (Dion, Iggy), they were quite happy to glom onto the Trudeau brand again. This is exactly one of the reasons party politics sucks dirty monkey butt. Power is the sole reason for their existence. It's not about what's best for the voters or the country but what works best for attaining power, maintaining power or regaining power.

You'll note that when the US was founded there were no political parties and that's the way the Founding Fathers intended it. They saw the mess it created in Europe and didn't simply want a redux of it in their new country. So much for that idea. Didn't take long for someone to f*ck it up either.
To quote Eisenhower; The middle of the road is all the usable surface. The extremes of left and right are the gutters. The ALT-left however would label Ike as a right-wing extremist/white nationalist these days. I do find it odd though that the leftists (who wanted to remove Sir John A. from visual memory) look at an ultra-religious homophobe as their Canadian hero.