This past Monday October 19th Canadians across the country went to the polls to elect Canada’s next government. The results were a majority Liberal government with Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister elect, son of the previous Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. I think we all knew that the Conservative government under Stephen Harper was going to come to an end. What we were left wondering was would it be a Minority Liberal government or a Majority Liberal government.
There are just a few points of his overall platform I want to focus on rather than a detailed analysis of all that he has promised. The Parts of his policy that stand out to me are his foreign policy regarding Canada’s role in the middle east, Legalization of marijuana, Bill C51; Canada’s anti terror bill, Infrastructure investment and deficit promises, and Election reform.
Justin Trudeau has promised to bring Canada’s troops home and remove them from combat missions in the middle east. He states he will bring our planes, and soldiers home and stop bombing raids and end combat operations. However he is not withdrawing from all military activity in the middle east. He will be leaving some there to aid in training forces there in combat related operations and roles.
While I am happy that he will withdraw our troops from combat, I do not believe this goes far enough when it comes to foreign interventionism. Our military should have no role other than defending our country. Our troops should NOT be involved in foreign conflict to any level or extent. We need to withdraw from all military involvement with anyone period. The only justifiable reason for military actions is in defense of our own nation.
The problem with foreign policy is that it changes with every election, nothing is written into law or the constitution. Because of this fluctuating positions on how much or litter we interfere in the affairs of other nations Justin Trudeau’s stances in the end is meaningless without meaningful reform that ensures it cannot be changed on the whims of the elite ruling class when it suits their purposes. While Justin Trudeau may pull our troops out of foreign combat today, he has not made any promises about what he will do in the future. This does not give any hope for real change and no matter what he does now regarding this it will be subject to change when it suits his purposes. In the end we still lose when it comes to foreign policy because we are subject to the whims of the government of the day on who we will invade or not invade.
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
This is one of his campaign promises that we have not been given a time line on so we do not even know at this point if it will be fulfilled at all. While it is my hope that it does happen and he keeps his promise on this issue, I am skeptical as to how it will be done or if done right at all. We all know how much governments like their taxes and legal weed is a opportunity for millions more in taxes.
There are many examples of government monopolizing drug sales in this country, just look at our health care system. Ontario liquor sales are one more example of this. Only government stores were allowed to sell alcohol, and legislation in place prevents private breweries and stores from selling at a competitive rate. Will Justin’s idea of legal weed be the same?
One of the biggest problems with his plan to legalize marijuana is that there has been no mention of how he would deal with those who have been affected by this substance being illegal in the first place. Will he expunge all criminal records relating to marijuana possession, use, sale, etc…? Will he release all those in prison for marijuana related charges? will he drop all charges against people currently in our court system relating to marijuana? Will he make sure that all the current illegal pot dispensaries in Canada, most notably Vancouver and Victoria be made legal? If he fails to do any of these things then he is not really serious about legalizing marijuana. At least it will not be about repairing the damage done by making it illegal in the first place and will be more about scoring political points while proclaiming he has created “real change.”
When it comes to drug policy legalizing one drug is a good start regardless of the motives however more needs to be done. All drugs needs to be legalized along with all criminal records, sentences, charges etc should be expunged from all government and public record. once that is done we can take the hundreds of millions of dollars a year we spend on enforcement and put it to addiction recovery, public education and awareness. This needs to be treated as a public health issue, not a legal issue. Addiction is not criminal, it is sickness that needs to be treated.
BILL C51: THE ANTI TERRORIST BILL
The liberals it seems, have convinced many Canadians to forget or ignore that they voted in favor of this bill in parliament. Trudeau who proclaimed “real change” has been elected in-spite of the highly controversial bill that gives CSIS and other Canadian law enforcement agencies such as the RCMP vastly greater powers with little oversight to spy on Canadians. Things such as speaking out against the government of Canada can be taken as an act of terrorism or even sympathizing with terrorist and thus criminal. This bill will bring you security at the expense of your liberties. Rocco Galati, who is a well-respected constitutional lawyer has stated
“Bill C-51 “creates a modern-day Gestapo”.
He insisted that this is “no exaggeration”, noting that German and Italian versions of this bill were passed in the 1930s. And that’s why he’s planning a court challenge.
In addition, Galati noted that the bill arbitrarily restricts who can travel. According to him, it also criminalizes freedom of expression concerning how the government addresses terrorism.
“So words and thoughts become an act of terrorism under this bill,” he stated.
This is apparently the kind of “real change” Trudeau campaigned on. Support of this bill is not real change. While he states he will amend the bill, it would be stupidity on our parts to believe for a minute he would amend it to benefit us. It is not that far fetched to believe that he will amend the bill to benefit him and his supporters.
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND DEFICIT
Justin Trudeau has stated that he will not run a balanced budget while in office but rather borrow more and more money to “invest” in infrastructure to create jobs for Canadians now. Like most politicians he believes that the government creates jobs and has no problem paying for it with my children’s and grandchildren’s labor, racking up more and more debt that will never be repaid.
Governments love “economic stimulus” through infrastructure spending because all building projects come to and end and create temp jobs. This works well in government’s favor because they can keep promising more and more money every 4 years in a constant repetitive cycle. By doing so it makes them look good like they are doing something for us (while getting themselves more votes) while at the same time maintaining control by convincing the masses that without them the jobs would not exist. Like brainless zombies the people keep voting for this over and over again thinking they are doing something good.
It is not the governments jobs to create jobs. That is the free markets job, something we don’t have and desperately need. I am not convinced that this is a good idea. Infrastructure is needed to support growing demand, but throwing money at it that we don’t have for the sake of “job creation” off the backs of hardworking Canadians is wrong.
But of course the more people work the more money government gets via taxation. So they stand to benefit from this scheme. While yes some people may get jobs which they need, surely there is a better way to improve our economy that does not involve borrowing billions from our futures to pay for things now. One method I would suggest is getting the government out of the business of economic stimulus and allowing the market to flourish without government controlling every aspect of business and economic stimulus.
The Liberals have stated in their platform the following
“We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.
We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.
This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform.”
Considering Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have 55% of the seats with 39.5% of the votes proportional representation would not benefit him. I am skeptical that such a change would be implemented. Had such a system been in place during this election he would have 140 instead of 185 seats, and be in a minority government situation. Clearly first past the post has tremendous benefits to him, giving him all the power in parliament.
Mandatory voting would be worse than first past the post. To legally compel or force anyone to vote in the first place violates the non-aggression principle. It is bad enough that the government already knows who is voting and who is not. While working on Meghan Porters campaign I was given a list of every registered voter in the riding. Not just names but addresses as well. When you vote your name is checked against this list. I did not open it or even look at it. I don’t think it is any of my business who you are or where you live, even while running for office.
All the ideas presented in his electoral reform platform I do believe are better than the first past the post system we have now, with the exception of mandatory voting. I have yet to see a government in this country make a legislative decision that did not benefit them in some way and so I am not holding my breath for reform. At least not for any reform that benefits the people.
Real change needs to happen, but if you voted liberal expecting that they would be the ones to bring real change, then you will be disappointed. Real change cannot and will not happen till the people of Canada take the time to really understand the issues and demand freedom and Liberty. They must work past the rhetoric and see the truth that is there before them. You can refuse to open your eyes and see truth but you cannot avoid the penalty of the abyss your refuse to see. Real change comes when you embrace liberty, freedom and peace, not when you vote for the status quo. In the end it does not matter which flavor of pop you choose. you can vote for Coke, Diet coke, Pepsi, or diet Pepsi they are all just as bad for you. If you truly want real change, the Liberal party is not the one for you. None of the status quo parties are. Its all pop, slightly different flavors of the same poison.