When it comes to summing up the deeply disappointing Liberal prime minister, Michael Harris does it as well as anyone.
Canadians dumped the Conservatives for a young, attractive politician who believed in all the right things: democracy, the environment, transparency, electoral reform, inclusiveness, feminism, and LGBT rights. Trudeau was the not-Harper candidate, the personification of sincerity with a great smile.
But what voters are getting is very different: a manipulative, secretive and occasionally deceitful politician who, on a bad day, could give Stephen Harper a run for his money when it comes to disingenuousness.
If, like his father, Trudeau is reduced to a minority government when he seeks a second term, his political comeuppance will boil down to two words: Kinder Morgan. This is the project that has sucked the credibility out of the prime minister, though there are certainly other issues which took the shine off before his face plant on this file.
Trudeau’s justification for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is an intellectual sand castle. He claims Canadians can have it both ways: prudent stewardship of the environment and resource exploitation. That is exactly the thinking that wiped out the northern cod on Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.
...Up until now, and minus the bumph, Trudeau’s climate record makes the previous prime minister look like an ambassador for the Green Party, with approvals for Woodfibre LNG, Pacific NorthWest LNG, TransCanada’s NOVA gas Transmission Ltd. and its fracked gas, and two pipelines, Trans Mountain and Line 3, carrying tar sands oil.Trudeau, the Underhanded.
Remember all those optimistic carbon emission targets espoused by past Liberal federal governments that were never met? Remember the serial promises about a national daycare program that never got off the ground?
But broken promises are no longer the only thing on the table over Kinder Morgan. This week, theNational Observer published a disturbing story raising the stakes enormously for Trudeau.
With credible evidence, the piece alleges the approval of Kinder Morgan was “rigged” by a government that had made up its mind to approve the project while it was still involved in active consultations with First Nations. That is called bargaining in bad faith.
...After all, paying an American company to reap the lion’s share of the financial benefits from an unrefined Canadian resource, is dubious. Asking Canadians and British Columbians to shoulder all of the risk associated with a product as hazardous as diluted bitumen is plain foolish.
There is losing faceoffs in your own end. There is also scoring on your own net.