The problem with Justin Trudeau

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Justin joins Brian Gallant
Justin et Brian Gallant, le chef du Parti libéral du nouveau-Brunswick, font un arrêt dans un Tim Hortons à Moncton 23 août 2014.
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For those unaware, Justin Trudeau is the Canadian Prime Minister. As far as world leaders go, he’s certainly not the worst. But, of course, he’s certainly not the best. The world looks in awe at Trudeau, but I’ve got one or few problems with his political approach. I should explain rather quickly. I find Trudeau to have some great policies. Legalising marijuana, simply from a criminal perspective would reduce crime rates without having to really do anything. I don’t agree with it, but it’s a politically sound move to make. What are the problems with Justin Trudeau?

Other triumphs of Trudeau can be looking into and promising to research the 1,200 deaths of Aboriginal women. On top of that, he wants to smooth out relations with Iran. As far as I can tell, he’s better than the British government that I have to put up with right now. But that doesn’t make him a good politician. He may have the ideas, but the execution is what I need to critique.

The cabinet

Fifteen men and fifteen women. I have no problem with equality, except when it is taken to this level. Now I’m not saying women shouldn’t have government jobs, not saying men shouldn’t either. What I’m trying to say is balancing a cabinet of fifteen men and fifteen women will lead to disaster. Why? Because you’re pushing for equality over work ethic.

Think about it like this. If a man were one of the best at his field of work in politics, and there were already fifteen men on the cabinet, he would not have been picked. Same for women who are more qualified than men. Trudeau arguably doesn’t have the most graduated cabinet, but he has a diverse one. Some people have overlooked this fact as being politically correct and just plain dandy. What I see is pushing the boundaries of political correctness to the point where qualified men and women are losing out on rightful jobs in the sake of equality.

His reply to this criticism? Well, the cabinet first formed in 2015. And his response to the question, why have you done this.

Because it’s 2015

Respect of Castro

Fidel Castro, Prime Minister of Cuba, smokes a cigar during his meeting with two U.S. senators, the first to visit Castro’s Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 29, 1974. (AP Photo)

Here’s an interesting one. As much of a socialist, working class nut I am, I don’t like Fidel Castro. I never did, I’m not the biggest fan of dictators. What I found arrogantly weird is that, upon his death, Trudeau released a statement. Now before I share the statement, lets all agree, Castro was a bad man. There’s a lot of prejudice within Cuba, but lets not get into that right now.

What Trudeau said was a bit odd. Basically, he released a statement saying he was a “remarkable leader” and a “larger than life leader who served his people”. Although the problem with this is that Castro had a very complex and unique legacy. Sure, he did some good, but of course like every person he did some bad too. Obviously the reaction publicly to this was negative. I wouldn’t say rightly so, but all he was doing was honouring a political leader that had passed away. But of course he needs to be careful with who he praises and who he criticises.

Economics

Oh yay, I love talking economics. Obviously a governments main aim is to keep the deficit as low as possible. In basic terms, export more than you import. Sell more stuff than you buy. Trudeau suggested that Canada would be looking at around a $10 billion dollar defecit. Not too bad when compared to other countries. This turned out to be $29 billion.

Sure, I guess you can’t predict the future, but a bit of forward planning for the remaining $29 billion next time would be good. Still, Canada as far as I’m aware is doing alright. I think so anyways. If not then please send me your complaints about Justin Trudeau, I’d love to hear them. Of course, when compared to countries like America, the deficit. of Canada is minuscule at best.

Proportional Representation

Just recently in February 2017, Trudeau turned his back on this and I’m not sure whether or not I should be thankful. Way back in, well, 2015, Trudeau said he’d be open to proportional representation.

What this means in a nutshell is that there would be many coalition governments, or, that they’d be much more frequent. This isn’t a terribly bad thing, but it isn’t extremely good either. Coalitions can work, but I can’t think of any examples where they do work. It certainly didn’t work for Britain in the 2010s where we had Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in power. You’d think centralists and right wingers would work together quite well. Absolutely not.

Remember when Weimar Germany had proportional representation? They went through four chancellors in roughly two or so years. Parties with only a smaller portion of votes than the party above them will constantly fight. It doesn’t work. You need a system that basically says: “these are the guys who won, but take note of the opposition”. So long as it isn’t a landslide victory, then the opposition will always be a worthy foe.

The saving grace

I know it’s a stereotype, but Trudeau genuinely proves how nice the Canadians actually are.

Now, it’s not all bad with Trudeau. I like him to a certain extent. Personally I think he’s a great guy, politically I don’t find him too appealing. Surprisingly I’m quite a liberal guy, but I don’t agree with the majority of things he does.

I really support the movement and ideas he has on abortion. Basically in a nutshell he stated that he party as a whole should have the idea that they are pro-choice. He further went on to say that MPs who voted pro-life would not be greenlit. That’s good in a way. Question your parties messages if you have a problem with it, don’t protest with action straight away. He seems to be able to control his party rather well though.

Hell, if we could borrow Trudeau off of Canada when they’re done with him, that’d be great. As much as I don’t agree with some of his ideas, it can’t be much worse than the Margaret Thatcher knock off we have currently. I must say, having seen this mans acts of kindness, his personality is something a leader must have. It’s just a shame that his policies don’t always reflect that.


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Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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