LILLEY: Trudeau lashes out on national unity

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Justin Trudeau might want to think about what he himself has said before attacking others.


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On Tuesday, Captain Stumble struck again as Trudeau lashed out at six premiers, claiming they were playing games with national unity, all the while forgetting he had once said he would vote for Quebec separatism over Stephen Harper running Canada.

It was on Tuesday morning that a letter from the premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories raised concerns about bills C-48 and C-69.

Bill C-48 would ban Canadian oil tanker ships off the coast of much of British Columbia, effectively killing previously approved projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline by making it impossible for oil tankers to dock in Canadian ports and transport Canadian oil.

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Of course, the ban will not apply to American vessels taking oil from Alaska to Washington state or to California.

Bill C-69 has been described by industry sources as anti-development and anti-pipeline.
In their letter, the six premiers said these bills threaten Western Canada in particular.

“Our governments are deeply concerned with the federal government’s disregard, so far, of the concerns raised by our provinces related to these bills. As it stands, the federal government appears indifferent to the economic hardships faced by provinces,” the premiers wrote.

“Immediate action to refine or eliminate these bills is needed to avoid further alienating provinces and their citizens.”

Asked about the concerns of the premiers and amendments by the Senate, Trudeau lashed out, saying they threaten Confederation.


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“The fact that conservative premiers have been threatening national unity if they don’t get their way is completely irresponsible and needs to be condemned by anyone that aspires to be prime minister of this great country,” Trudeau said.

And with that, Captain Stumble made an appearance once again.

No, he wasn’t talking about “paper umm, like drink-box water bottles sort of things,” this time. It seems that Captain Stumble forgot that he spent quite a bit of time saying he would back Quebec separating from Canada if Conservatives were in power.

The crazy thing is Trudeau didn’t say this when he was 21 and ill-informed — he made the comment after he had been an MP for almost four years and about a year before he became Liberal leader.

What did he say?

It started with a French-language interview published on Feb. 13, 2012.

“If at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper — that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways — maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country,” Trudeau said.

Now at that point, Stephen Harper had been in power for six years, he had governed with a majority government for more than a year and he had not acted on any of the issues Trudeau raised.

Still our PM, our Captain Stumble, was not against using these fear factors to push the idea of Quebec separating if he didn’t get his way.

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The premiers of five provinces and one territory representing 59% of the population and 63% of the country’s GDP wrote Trudeau, asking him to consider accepting amendments that even his so-called independent senators voted for. His response was to accuse them of playing games.

Strange thing is, he is the only one among all of those leaders that has actually said they would vote to break up Canada if he didn’t get his way. He is the only one who has advocated separatism.

Once again, if anyone is playing political games, it is Captain Stumble himself, Justin Trudeau.

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