Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal New Democrats (and Waylon Smithers to Justin Trudeau’s Montgomery Burns), says he will not force a federal election until confidence in our elections is restored because of China’s attempts to undermine Canadian democracy.
How does Singh manage not to crane his neck by turning his head around so violently and trying to speak out of both sides of his mouth at the same time?
Singh has backed calls by MPs for a public inquiry into China’s interference in our elections – interference aimed primarily at supporting Justin Trudeau and the current Liberal government.
Singh also voted with a majority in Parliament to urge Trudeau’s cover-up man, former Governor-General David Johnston, to step down over his apparent conflict of interest surrounding the China affair.
These two actions (as well as a host of other statements and actions by Singh) signal that the New Democrat leader sees the cause of this temporary loss of confidence in Canadians in the presence of Justin Trudeau and his party in office. Canadians, sensing that some liberals may be cornered by Beijing, have temporarily lost confidence in the electoral process.
But Singh’s plan is to continue supporting the Liberals until Canadian faith is restored.
(Ouch! I just tried repeating Singh’s logical gymnastics and I think I got a concussion.)
When Singh insists that liberals must remain in place until the damage done by the China scandal can be repaired, it is the equivalent of a cancer surgeon insisting the tumor stay in place and go untreated until a longer-term cure for cancer can be found.
Liberals cause Canadians to lose faith by claiming that there was no interference and by insisting that claims of interference are racist. Then they hired whitewash specialist David Johnston to try and clean it all up.
Singh does more than anyone to keep the Liberals in power. So isn’t it obvious that Singh is almost as responsible for Canadians’ dwindling confidence as corrupt liberals?
By reliably supporting liberals every time they get into trouble, liberals have understood that they are not accountable. Jagmeet will save her.
You don’t need to do any research. They can create fake special rapporteur posts to give the appearance of transparency. They can ignore requests from parliamentary committees to use liberal witnesses as witnesses. And they can poke fun at House of Commons majority decisions calling for Johnston’s resignation.
Nothing they do – nothing at all – will make Jagmeet Singh withdraw his support for the NDP-Trudeau coalition.
Singh not only covers up Trudeau’s dishonesty, he enables it. Even advertise it.
Refusing to allow an election to clear the air, Singh said: “If we’re going to protect our democracy, I think the approach should be, let’s take new action… I’d like to see a set of steps that.” be done.” That would show, I think, that they are really serious about protecting our electoral system.”
The quickest and surest way to restore faith would be to hold an election now while the China scandal is still fresh. Waiting months for a magical “set of steps” to be implemented could shift the public’s focus. Other issues could emerge that favor the Liberals and distract voters from Trudeau’s inaction on foreign interference. That was the purpose of Johnston’s appointment – let him hesitate until it’s all over – and it’s also the impact of what Singh is doing.
Furthermore, if we wait for the liberals to make significant changes to our electoral process – to make it harder for their friends in Beijing to lend a helping hand – our next election will be in 2050.
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