Dec. 4, 2020

Trudeau learns a hard lesson: Don’t make promises you can’t keep

Toronto Star National Columnist Susan Delacourt wrote (Dec. 2) “Justin Trudeau has broken big promises before. Canada’s budget was not balanced by 2019 and the country still has the same electoral system he once vowed to abolish.

“But backing away from a pledge to end boil-water advisories by March 2021 is a significant retreat for a prime minister who has said the relationship with Indigenous people is the most important one for him and his government.

“Is this, then, the most important broken promise in Trudeau’s five years in power? Broken promises happen all the time in politics — though not as often as a cynical public might believe. Last year, just before the fall election, an independent group of academics published a book detailing how Trudeau’s government had entirely or partly fulfilled about 90 per cent of its 2015 promises”.
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This fluff piece misses an important point. A promise is a declaration or assurance that someone will do a particular thing or make something happen. Trudeau has not and will not learn from his many errors.    

Mr. Trudeau is an actor, mouthing lines intended to make his government look competent and capable. He can make pronouncements ring with sincerity, or whatever other emotion is appropriate. However, when the lights come on, the play’s magic evaporates, and the discouraged, tired, and worn-out cast is on display. 

Our Prime Minister is incapable of making a sincere promise. That takes the consistency, focus, planning and commitment conspicuously absent in his government’s record. 

The hubbub over COVID vaccines is another dive into partisan irrelevancy. It is not essential to know on what day or hour vaccines will arrive. No degree of planning will allow the process of distribution and vaccinations until the doses arrive.  

The early arrival of promising vaccines is astonishing and could not have been anticipated. It is shocking how poorly the government is at responding to change. Instead of meeting criticisms of poor planning with rational explanations, we get hours of rhetorical bombast.

It is reasonable to criticize the government. Trudeau’s position that everything his government does is beyond reproach is unreasonable. The inability to recognize, acknowledge and learn from mistakes makes Trudeau and his cabinet members unfit for office. They are not above the law. 

This is the cabal of 36 dishonorable brigands determined to rule rather than represent us: Justin TrudeauChrystia FreelandLawrence MacAulayDominic LeBlancNavdeep BainsJean-Yves DuclosMarc GarneauMarie-Claude BibeauMélanie JolyDiane LebouthillierCatherine McKennaHarjit SajjanMaryam MonsefCarla QualtroughPatty HajduBardish ChaggerFrançois-Philippe ChampagneKarina GouldAhmed HussenSeamus O’ReganPablo RodriguezBill BlairMary NgFilomena TassiJonathan WilkinsonDavid LamettiBernadette JordanJoyce MurrayAnita AnandMona FortierSteven GuilbeaultMarco E. L. MendicinoMarc MillerDeb Schulte and Dan Vandal.

They are no more astute, capable, ethical, honest or wise than they were before they ran for public office. They put their pants on one leg at a time and make the same silly mistakes all humans do. Appointment to the cabinet is a serious undertaking with enormous responsibilities, not a perk-filled ego trip. Our MPs have a lot of growing up to do.