See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Liberals insist that Justin Trudeau is a victim of anyone and everyone but himself. The mainstream media was just dandy while it gushed over the guy in the wet suit but they're real shits today.
Still the numbers show how the mighty Justin has fallen. Andrew Coyne, one of those "Con media shills," writes that the Dauphin's fall has been something of a slow-motion train wreck.
Dynastic politics has a potency none of us likes to admit. For as long as the public’s fascination with the son of Pierre Trudeau lasted, the party milked it to its advantage. He was on every magazine cover, in every viral video, did every interview or photo-shoot. But there was always a danger in this: the more fiercely the flame of infatuation burns, the more quickly it goes out.
And the public would appear to have fallen desperately out of love with Justin Trudeau. The latest Angus Reid poll gives him an astonishing net approval rating of minus 39 (28 per cent approval, 67 per cent disapproval). It isn’t that there is any great wave of enthusiasm for his rivals: among party leaders, only the Green Party’s Elizabeth May enjoys a positive net approval rating. But none excites anywhere near such antipathy.
The problem seems less to do with any one incident than with a slowly cementing impression: of a leader who talks a good game but does not deliver; who is more concerned with symbols than substance; who spends more time posturing on social issues than attending to the nuts and bolts of governing; whose record of broken promises and centralization of power looks more like the cynical calculations of politics as usual than the shiny idealism he once seemed to embody.
There is of course still time to turn things around. Campaigns matter, and much can happen even before the campaign. But as much can happen that hurts the Liberal cause as helps. The simmering dispute with China, with Canadian lives on the line; the unfinished business over NAFTA, with the renegotiated treaty no closer to approval by the U.S. Congress than it was seven months ago; the trial this summer of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, whose defence alleges political interference in a police investigation, raising echoes of the SNC-Lavalin affair — all these threaten to disrupt any Liberal recovery strategy.Liberal desperation is oozing from their pores. They're already starting the nonsense that a vote for anyone but Justin is a vote for Andrew Scheer. They're raising the spectre of a Scheer majority government, something that is pretty "ghastly."
Only Justin promised to put an end to that very prospect. Electoral reform would ensure the false majorities of FPTP voting would be a thing of the past. That sounded great until Justin, perhaps assuming a string of false majority governments awaited him, reneged on his promise delivering us into the hands of guys like Andrew Scheer.
Don't blame us if Scheer is our next prime minister. Blame Scheer's predecessor. That lies at his feet.