On Tuesday, October 21, 2020, Jagmeet Singh, Justin Trudeau’s most useful idiot, proved what millions of Canadians already knew: the NDP leader is monumentally inept.
The Liberal Party’s communications team might as well have drafted the statement Singh made prior to the confidence vote in Parliament.
“People need help right now. They need confidence in the future. They’re not looking for an election. So New Democrats will not give Prime Minister Trudeau the election he’s looking for.”
Singh is right, but only on one count. Justin Trudeau would love nothing more than to use the pandemic to catapult his government back into majority status.
Trudeau’s refusal to even speak with the NDP to try and avert a pandemic election proves two harsh political realities for Jagmeet Singh.
First, Trudeau knows the financially bankrupt NDP will blink first, if for no other reason than they can’t afford an election campaign. Not now. Not for for the foreseeable future.
Second, by striking a deal with the NDP over the throne speech, Trudeau effectively swallowed any political leverage Singh may have possessed. From that point forward, Trudeau knew he could say and do anything and the NDP would bless his actions, without exception.
Tuesday’s confidence vote in the House of Commons proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Candice Bergen, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, said it best.
“Our job is to hold the government to account. Our job is to ask tough questions. We didn’t expect them to like it but we certainly didn’t think the prime minister was going to be that arrogant and say that he was going to make it a confidence motion to cover himself and protect his own interests.”
Runner-up to Ms. Bergen for Political Comment of the Day was Bloc Québécois House leader Alain Therrien.
“The NDP have acted … like the Liberals’ lap dog.”
Jagmeet Singh’s dilemma is real. The NDP’s future is on life support, both politically and financially.
The NDP still owes $7 million to creditors for the 2019 federal election campaign.
The Liberal Party’s choice to tack hard to the left and overtake most, if not all, of the NDP’s socialist positions mean the NDP’s long and storied history may very well come to a screeching and inglorious halt in the next federal election.
It’s easy to understand why Trudeau is doing this.
Past election results show the Conservative Party wins majority governments when a strong NDP splits the leftist vote. Swallow the NDP and the Liberal Party is practically guaranteed electoral victory until their penchant for corruption and political cronyism finally offends even the most Liberal of voters.
Until then – and there’s no reason to believe Canadian voters are anywhere close to reaching the breaking point with the Prime Minister’s repeated ethical violations or political scandals – Justin Trudeau will use every means at his disposal to get another majority mandate.
Trudeau rightly views a pandemic election as the best way to regain the majority status he lost in 2019. His desire for a pandemic election is buoyed up by two recent events:
- New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs’ electoral dare transformed his minority government into a majority
- BC Premier John Horgan’s attempt to replicate Higgs’ success in BC is, if polls are to be believed, well on track to give Horgan the majority he desperately desires
Neither provincial election was about their Premier’s love and care for their mere citizens. Both provincial elections were solely concerned with obtaining and solidifying political power for their premiers.
If Justin Trudeau continues to turn routine motions into confidence votes in the House of Commons he will, sooner or later, get the pandemic election he too desperately wants.
By keeping Trudeau in office yesterday, Jagmeet Singh sold his soul, his integrity and his honour, if he ever possessed the latter two in the first place.
Jagmeet Singh claims he wants to get to the bottom of the WE Scandal, but he refused to support the Conservative motion to strike a committee specifically devoted to achieving that goal.
Instead he said Charlie Angus will continue to use the Ethics Committee to try and get those answers – the same committee that’s filibustered and stalled any attempt to get answers from this Liberal government.
Keep telling yourself that, Jagmeet. If you repeat the lie long enough, even you may eventually believe it.