EDITORIAL: What a difference four years makes

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Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister based in part on a promise to do politics differently.

We weren’t sure what that really meant at the time and we weren’t buying it.

But Trudeau kept selling it.

And many non-partisan Canadians who had soured on politics in general found the promise appealing. We can’t blame them.

They then took Trudeau at his word. Yet now he has broken it.

The PM pledged to allow greater independence for his MP. He pledged there would be less secrecy. He committed to listening to women and bringing their voices front and centre. And he appeared to wear his heart on his sleeve when it came to Aboriginal issues.

But what a difference four years can make. In recent weeks, Trudeau’s progressive persona has fallen to the wayside. And it all came crashing down on April 2.

Trudeau didn’t just boot MP Jody Wilson-Raybould from caucus, but also showed MP Jane Philpott the door as well.


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He claimed the reason was Wilson-Raybould’s recording of a phone conversation with Michael Wernick, as well as how both had displayed a lack of confidence in the government.

What the Prime Minister didn’t acknowledge was that those were just the consequences of other actions, ones done by himself and those around him in the Prime Minister’s Office. He offered no contrition for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin file. Instead, he piled all the blame on these two women.

The very next day, dozens of young women attending an event in the House of Commons about women in politics turned their backs on Trudeau. Other women are weighing in that Trudeau’s self-serving expulsion of these two whistle-blowers is an atrocious look on him.

Meanwhile, First Nations voices are increasingly frustrated at the PM on multiple fronts. They’re upset at the banishing of Wilson-Raybould. They’re upset that his record is more talk than action. And they’re irate about Trudeau’s “Thank you for your donation” quip where he mocked a First Nations protester at a fundraiser.

Groups that used to be core supporters for Trudeau’s progressive brand are now sharply turning against him. They feel betrayed. They see him as a phoney.

This is the worst place for Trudeau to be. Brand matters for him more than anything else. Once that’s gone, there’s nothing left.

– Postmedia Network

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