Trudeau surfed in on a populist wave , no complaints about populism then , funny that . And Trudeau and the Liberal NDP government have the same knowledge of the CPP issues and are sitting on it .It's obvious that he is a skilled politician and an effective speaker, but we've got possibly three years until the next election and sooner or later he's going to have to come up with some concrete policy suggestions. Right now he's playing a heavy populist hand of support for Canadians that are struggling with the cost of living, but there's a lot of real estate between talking the talk and walking the walk.
We also keep hearing about the impressive number of new CPC memberships he brought in during his leadership campaign but it's interesting that only 64% of eligible ballots were actually cast. One has to ask why a solid third of party members didn't vote.
A few decades of watching Canadian politics has left me more than a little cynical about fast talking politicians with big promises and no details about how they intend to keep them. I see a lot of talk from Poilievre, but a lot of that doesn't ring true. He talks bnig about support for the working man but his history with the Harper government put him squarely in the anti-labour camp. His latest call for the Liberals to commit to no new tax increases, including payroll deductions for CPP and EI makes no allowance for indexing those payments, and especially in the case of CPP makes no allowance for the increased pressure on put on that program by the huge wave of retiring baby boomers. We've known for some time now the our federal pension plans were under threat by the so-called gray wave, have those concerns suddenly evaporated ? I'm as much for a tax break as the next guy, but we do have to look at the effect that lower revenues will have and just how that will be compensated for.