Jun. 25, 2022

Trudeau sticks his nose where it doesn't belong

By John Paul Tasker,CBC News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Friday on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn decades-old jurisprudence on abortion, calling what's unfolding south of the border a "horrific" development that threatens the right of women to choose what to do with their own bodies.
"My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can't imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now," Trudeau said in a social media post. Trudeau said "no government, politician, or man" should force a woman to carry out a pregnancy, reiterating that, under his Liberal government, "women in Canada know that we will always stand up for your right to choose."Read on


First, Trudeau has a less than stellar reputation for his treatment of women. His actions speak louder than his lip service to principle. His claim about feminism is a fraud.

Second, the republic to the south of us has entirely different political and legal systems. There is no rational comparison. In the USA primary political and legal powers reside in the states. The federal government has residual powers although that has changed somewhat over the decades. 

In Canada, the federal and provincial governments have different spheres of sovereignty, and our constitution includes a Charter of Freedoms and Rights which limits the powers of governments. 

Third, in Canada, the rights of women are embodied in our constitution, not in a legal precedent, and cannot be overturned by a court or our government. Trudeau has nothing to stand up for, and it is self-serving blather for him to pretend that he has a duty to protect abortion rights that are beyond his powers to change.

Fourth, when your closest neighbour, strongest ally and largest trading partner finds itself in a contentious mess, it is unwise to say so. The U.S. will restore women’s right to choose if for no other reason than 51% of the population are females who vote.

Trudeau has no sense of diplomacy or dignity and manages to estrange other world leaders rather than build bridges and form alliances. 

The U.S.A., like Canada, is an imperfect democracy (as are all others). Ultimately democratic principles will win out and any errors will be corrected.

Trudeau has his own pile of dirty laundry to deal with and that is where his attention should be. We have no need to get involved in the internal affairs of a foreign nation when there is nothing we can do to assist in finding a solution. 

Sharply increasing inflation is hurting people at all income levels and hurting those at the lowest income levels the most. The hurt is immediate and pressing. Addressing that should be a priority. People should not have to curtail food expenditures to be able to afford shelter.

There is no progress in reconciliation with indigenous people. Indigenous and political leaders have found no common ground and talk endlessly about an ideological nation within a nation that is impractical and unfeasible. Until reality enters the room, reconciliation is not possible. 

Quebec has declared itself to be a French-only enclave where some societies are superior in violation of our constitution. Quebec laws respecting religious attire are in direct violation of our Charter and Trudeau’s government remains silent, ignoring the rights of the 30 million people who reside outside of Quebec. There cannot be dual realities in Canada. The Quebec experiment must end.