Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actively sought the female vote in the last election, and was somewhat successful. Now he is significantly losing it; women are sensing a flake (a person who too easily pronounces, yet fails to follow through). He is clearly falling out of favour in the polls with Canadian women.
Resentments have piled up and the last straw is being reached. As voters, women are not much different from men – that means they are interested in NATO, Ukraine independence, trade with China, the F-35s, Canada’s military role in Mali, the relationship to Iran, to name just a few foreign policy issues. Women are not restricted to the category of “women’s issues”.
Recall that Trudeau had few foreign policies in his election platform. He hadn’t planned much about leading Canada within the international community. Then he proceeded to make legalizing marijuana a priority. For all the serious issues facing Canada, this became a focus.
We all observed Trudeau’s flashy socks, his so-called "good looks” and the tears he could summon for an occasion. Some voters thought he was going to be a breath of fresh air after the stodgy Conservative administration, but the lack of substance is showing. He is revealed as ‘a poseur’ (a person who is trendy or fashionable in a superficial way).
The self-absorbed sins have been piling up. They include his sheer blunders of naivety when it comes to the legal principle of the Constitutional separation of the ‘Judiciary’ from the ‘Executive’ in government. He prejudicially scorned his own Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr, simply because a woman made an unproven allegation that Hehr had said something actually innocuous to her in an Edmonton elevator more than ten years ago. He improperly weighed in on the verdict in the Colten Boushie murder trial, saying “We have to do better,” which implied the accused man was guilty, even though a jury trial had decided otherwise. The jury heard all the evidence, but Trudeau only heard some protesters.
The recent India trip was a disaster, larger than the media were willing to report. One might think that Trudeau believes himself, not so much as a Prime Minister, but more of a Social Engineer, by his obsession with everything “gender-neutral”. His supposed joke about “people-kind” instead of “mankind” shows a misplaced perspective on life.
Over time, voters are pretty good at spotting a flake. Trudeau’s ruminating on ultra-feminist jargon is embarrassing, acting like he’s leading the radical sisterhood club that keeps everyone out who does not share ‘the belief’. Cabinet appointments should be given on competence, not his bias of gender, race, and religion.
The unconstitutional fiasco about service organizations having to be ‘pro-choice’ to qualify for the Canada Summer Jobs program, was the very last straw for many fair-minded folks. Citizens and Organizations are entitled to their opinions on abortion, and those standards have nothing to do with whether a student gets a federally funded job helping the disabled or guiding kids in summer camp. All taxpayers of every political bent, help pay for these work experience programs, and personal private values of freedom and care, are irrelevant to the federal job scheme.
In contrast, what are the values that give rise to the vacuousness over North Korea or Iran? Apparently, Trudeau does not lead Canada, as his extreme ideology appears to run him, which is then dumped on the country. It appears that Trudeau never grew up, for he seems to be a juvenile personality in an adult body. To properly lead, means that one has to inspire to a worthy direction. Actually, he is an "unserious leader”, says a former Liberal MP.
Canada needs intelligent, focussed, responsible leadership, positioned close to the political centre, with the goal of bringing all Canadians back to the collective decision-making table. There is the boring stuff of real work to govern. However, Trudeau’s 'gaffes' keep coming, such as irresponsible spending, breaking ethics laws, poor trade negotiations, electoral reform confusion, the payout to a convicted terrorist, reintegrating ISIS fighters, inciting illegal migration across the border, unfilled judicial positions causing serious criminal cases to be dismissed, and on and on. He was just not ready. His record clearly meets the definition of a flake.
(based on notes and an article by Naomi Lakritz – Calgary Herald)