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Justin Trudeau, Liberal virtucrat
Virtucrat: “People who are extremely confident about their own virtue and whose spectacular confidence nicely feeds their general feeling of superiority … if only you will give them the opportunity to demonstrate it … I think of them as ‘virtucrats’, for they are empowered by the unfaltering sense of their own virtue”: Joseph Epstein
Virtucrat: “People who are extremely confident about their own virtue and whose spectacular confidence nicely feeds their general feeling of superiority … if only you will give them the opportunity to demonstrate it … I think of them as ‘virtucrats’, for they are empowered by the unfaltering sense of their own virtue”: Joseph Epstein

The Liberal “fear and smear” campaign against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer orchestrated by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau is nothing new.

The Liberals have always campaigned on the basis that the Conservatives are not only wrong, but evil. It’s part of the Liberals’ DNA.

Thus, Trudeau and Co. absurdly suggest Scheer is a white supremacist sympathizer who will ban abortions if elected, basically turning Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale into a documentary about Canada under Conservatism.

This precisely recalls the previous, perpetual Liberal attack on former Conservative leader and prime minister Stephen Harper regarding his so-called “hidden agenda” of wanting to seize power, albeit through a democratic election, so that he could outlaw abortions and same-sex marriages.

When that tactic failed, the Liberals launched a fusillade of attack ads in the 2006 election campaign as they were about to lose power after 13 years in office, accusing Harper of every evil under the sun.

Including one that was so ludicrous — that Harper was going to take over Canadian cities by having “soldiers with guns” occupy them — that the Liberals were forced to withdraw it before it officially aired, so widespread was the public’s mockery of it.

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See Also:

(1) Chastising Trump isn’t Justin Trudeau’s job. Leave that to the American voters

(2) Indigenous residents forced to cross border to reach rest of Canada seek $150M for ‘systemic discrimination’

(3) Dominic LeBlanc’s illness no excuse for taking advantage of his Irving connections

(4) Fugitive killer who fled Toronto mental health facility for China told doctors of his escape plan

(5) Being an MP is the worst job in the world, if you believe MPs. But why?

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Gabby in QC
Gabby in QC
July 19, 2019 10:18 am

It is inevitable that the Liberals always campaign “on the basis that the Conservatives are not only wrong, but evil.”
But it is also inevitable that Canadian so-called C/conservative pundits, strategists — particularly those directly involved with the CP — are not forceful enough in their defence of conservatism.

Case in point: “MacDougall: Trudeau should try killing the Conservatives with kindness
Four years is a short time in politics, but we’re an awfully long way from the sunlit Liberal uplands of the last election. Still, a return to the positive just might work for the Grit leader.
ANDREW MACDOUGALL Updated: July 18, 2019”
That column (via National Newswatch) by the ex-director of communications to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper reads like an advice column to help Trudeau get back in. Little wonder the 2015 Harper campaign lost against the inexperienced Trudeau, with that kind of a communications guru.

Maybe my read of the column is faulty, I don’t know. Maybe it’s intended as tongue-in-cheek commentary. But MacDougall is not the only one who strikes me as ineffectual. Tim Powers, a regular on CBC’s Power & Politics, is IMO often very weak in advancing the CP position and correcting whatever misrepresentations the Liberal & NDP strategists and even the moderator start spouting. It’s especially grating to hear the moderator intone “To be fair …” in defence of Trudeau’s government if the conservative dares criticize the Virtuous One.

The CP itself is also weak IMO in countering inaccurate information about its policies. Throughout QP during the Liberal mandate, whenever Stephen Harper was accused of dismantling whatever wondrous policy the Liberals hold dear, the Conservatives hardly ever countered with factual information. The Liberals’ much vaunted Child Benefit was originally a Harper initiative. Was that ever pointed out? The Liberals’ claim on their website that “Mr. Harper … raised the eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from age 65 to 67.” That is false! In fact, “OAS reform will be gradually phased in over a six-year period, starting in April 2023.” That was the Harper government plan back in 2012.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/budget-confirms-old-age-security-push-to-age-67-1.788743
Yet the Liberals falsely claim they’re going to reverse Harper’s evil policy, as if it had already been implemented!

I’ve gone on far too long … but it’s very frustrating to see C/conservatives lose opportunities to set the record straight.