June 13, 2024
Trudeau and the Liberals just won't stop saying things that anger the West
When the PM and his closest confidants open up on the oil industry, are westerners supposed to assume he means some other oil industry, not theirs?
When the PM and his closest confidants open up on the oil industry, are westerners supposed to assume he means some other oil industry, not theirs?

The prime minister knows they speak English in Alberta and Saskatchewan, right?

I’m serious. Late in the just-concluded election campaign, as the Bloc strengthened and Quebec’s seats came into play, keen bilingual observers were listening very carefully to what the party leaders said in both official languages, looking for variations subtle or gross. But now I’m wondering if Justin Trudeau thinks they speak an entirely different language in the West. His press conference on Wednesday suggested he might think they can’t hear or comprehend what’s said in Ottawa.

It was an interesting press conference for a lot of reasons, really. Having just lost a million votes, you might’ve expected a somewhat more chastened man than the one we got at his press conference. But what we saw instead was essentially more of the same, and weirdly, a promise of much more of the same when it comes to one of the biggest problems his minority government must now cope with: western alienation.

The very first question posed to the prime minister was how he is going to handle having no elected members, at all, in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Trudeau said that he would be reaching out to those provinces and that the government must work for all Canadians.

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See Also:

(1) The first step, Western brethren, is to Wexit in your heart

(2) Stark political divide makes conciliation a priority; Canada’s future depends on it

(3) Only the Bloc won – the rest of Canada lost

(4) Trudeau puts on contrite act for the West

(5) A pipeline to Hudson Bay never looked so good

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