Pierre Poilievre reigns as one of the best whatzit-disturbers

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BONOKOSKI: Pierre Poilievre reigns as one of the best whatzit-disturbers
Author of the article:Mark Bonokoski
Publishing date:Mar 11, 2021 • 15 hours ago • 3 minute read • comment bubble144 Comments
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre reacts to the government's fiscal update in Ottawa, Dec. 16, 2019.
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre reacts to the government's fiscal update in Ottawa, Dec. 16, 2019. PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE /Reuters
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Our Prime Minister, too thick to do well, has set himself up for a rough time in Question Period by insulting Tory MP Pierre Poilievre.

If Justin Trudeau were smart, which is yet another dilemma, he’d do the wise thing and get the hell out of Dodge.

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Poilievre is a master debater. He uses words like bullets, and it’s fun to watch.

What Trudeau did when asked about the budget, and questioned about money spent versus results, was read directly from talking points written by some thankless bureaucrat.

This had Poilievre taken aback.

“Is he really going to expect us to believe that when I ask him about having the worst vaccination rate, worst jobless rates, and among the worst misery rates during COVID, the best he can do is stand up and read some talking points written for him by bureaucrats?” Poilievre asked.


To which Trudeau couldn’t help himself but throw a little hurtful jab at the impudent Poilievre.

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“I can understand the frustration of the member opposite,” said Trudeau. “(Especially) being amongst the many Canadians who lost their jobs during the pandemic.”

Bingo! Rimshot!

A short time ago, Poilievre was shuffled out of the prestigious finance critic role to be shadow minister of jobs and industry, and Trudeau zeroed in on it as if it were a demotion — just as Question Period was ending.

But let’s go back.

During the WE charity scandal, Poilievre said, “Canadians don’t believe you” to Trudeau when he was asked for an exact dollar figure that his family had received from WE, and kept badgering him before committee when Trudeau danced around revealing it.

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During Question Period:

“We have a million missing jobs (due to COVID-19) and the highest unemployment rate in the G7,” he said to Chrystia Freeland, the new Finance Minister. “I ask the Liberals about the missing million jobs. They quote financial elites telling Canadians that everything is just fine.”

“How is a missing million jobs ‘just fine?'” asked the pesky Poilievre.

On Twitter (accusing the Liberals of being anti-Israel):

“Someone quotes a Liberal verbatim. Said Liberal screams, “Liar, Liar! My words are not what I meant,” wrote Poilievre. “Freeland used the word ‘authoritarian’ when asked why her government voted against Israel at the UN. It is on tape.”

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When an insult is just handed to him:

“When leaders in China dismissed this prime minister as quote ‘little potato,’ he thought they meant it as a compliment,” Poilievre said before being cut off by House Speaker Geoff Regan.

It was the third day in a row that Poilievre had invoked the unusual Chinese nickname to throw Trudeau off.

This kind of cut-and-thrust has been going on for years, of course, and it has occasionally cost Poilievre some blowback.


In 2008, for example, he had to apologize for saying Canada’s aboriginals need to learn the value of hard work more than they need compensation for abuse suffered in residential schools.

Poilievre made the comments during a radio interview, just hours before then prime minister Stephen Harper apologized for the abuse aboriginal children endured in those schools.

“Now along with this apology comes another $4 billion in compensation for those who partook in the residential schools,” said Poilievre — the clip then circulated by the Liberals who, bien sur, called for his resignation.

But, as per usual, it was just show biz.

Pierre Poilievre remains one of the best whatzit-disturbers in the House of Commons.

Come prepared. Or flee.

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