Justin Trudeau’s bad week

Did anyone else find Justin Trudeau completely disappointing this week? Between the comments about whipping out our CF-18’s, and the decision about this country’s involvement with coalition to fight ISIS before the vote he looked more like a weak child than a leader of a federal political party- much less one that is likely going to be in power within the next year.  And arguably his stand on this issue went against beliefs associated with his own party.

The Liberals are about righting wrongs, and speaking up for those who can’t; that’s a part of what this fight is about. Consider all the beheadings just because people believe in a different type of Islam than others.  How can we ignore this? Isn’t tolerance a Liberal value as well?  Understanding how radicalization takes place is part of it; Why would Canadians turn away from a country that gives them every advantage? The other part of it is self-defence. Law enforcement officials revealed this week there are approximately 63 ongoing investigations into 80 different individuals who either have fought and returned, or are fighting with ISIS.  They also cautioned that there may be people who don’t use technology and meet face-to-face that are planning something.  How can you not support the country’s attempt to defend itself and look into these threats? Canada can’t afford to stay in the background.

Our leading role in combat operations in Afghanistan forever changed our image as a peacekeeper  and provider of humanitarian aid.  It’s time to step up and realize that besides keeping the peace, we’re soldiers too.  And we can’t be afraid to fight for what’s right, and defend ourselves.  Humanitarian Aid will always be a part of what we do, and that won’t change here.  Reading something in last week’s Globe& Mail’s debate section written by NDP (and Opposition Leader) Thomas Mulcair.  He raised some great points regarding  length of mission, exit strategy, cost of mission.  His last line: “Canada for its part should not rush to war,” suggests that even he agrees there should be some kind of military action. These are questions a leader of the opposition should raise, and likely will be discussed as the mission continues

The name: Pierre Trudeau still raises many Canadians’ ire nearly 15 years after his death.  He had the reputation of being a smart, arrogant man people either liked or hated.  He accomplished a lot as Prime Minister repatriating the constitution, adding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and helping to create many social programs we enjoy today.  In all likelihood if he were in the same position Stephen Harper,  That Trudeau would say yes too.  And he’d do it without seeking Parliament’s approval, likely viewing ISIS actions as violation of the values held by all western societies.  It’s a shame his son doesn’t think the same way.

 

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