As conservatives gathered for a jubilant party convention in Quebec City over the weekend, liberals stood outside or took to social media to scare people away from Pierre Poilievre. Liberals warned that conservatives were restricting access to abortion, bringing offensive weapons to the streets and importing American-style politics.
Do these guys even listen to themselves? If anyone is importing American-style culture war politics, it is the Liberal Party of Canada.
Poilievre was a member of the Harper administration during her nearly 10-year tenure, and that administration has never attempted to restrict access to abortion. As for putting “assault weapons” on the streets, despite his claims, Trudeau never took them away.
What he calls “assault weapons” still sit in your neighbors’ basements and gun closets because he’s banned their use, but can figure out how to run a “buyback” program. Incidentally, this ban did not reduce gun crime, since it was not about guns that were used to commit crimes.
Liberals appeared desperate over the weekend, resorting to guns and abortion – their favorite American imports – to scare people away from a Conservative leader who is growing in popularity. They have also repeatedly responded to Poilievre’s pledges to restore affordability and cut taxes – including the carbon tax – by claiming that Poilievre does not have a good enough climate plan.
Concerns about food and housing trump climate change
Let me explain this briefly for the Brain Trust in Trudeau’s office: When people fear losing their homes due to increased mortgage or rent costs, when they see food prices rising so fast that eating out is becoming unaffordable, they will less concerned about climate change.
Climate change is an issue that economically affluent people are concerned about and want their government to take action on. It’s not an issue that motivates people who are worried about putting food on the table or having a roof over their families’ heads.
This is basic human survival, something Trudeau never had to think about and one of the blind spots he spoke of.
The tuna can’s increase from 99 cents to $1.49 won’t matter to Trudeau, but it will matter to others. The pasta is priced from $1.49 to $2.49 and is similar.
In August 2021When asked about the rising rate of inflation and whether, if re-elected, he would retain the Bank of Canada’s inflation-control mandate, Trudeau gave his famous response. Trudeau said he wasn’t thinking about monetary policy, but about families.
The response showed a complete lack of understanding on the issue, as easy monetary policy that allows inflation to rise would hurt families, especially on the most basic things like food.
Since those infamous words were uttered, food inflation rose 9.9% in the first year and a similar increase in the second year. That means the shopping cart that cost $100 when Trudeau said he wasn’t worried about inflation is now $120 for the exact same items.
When it comes to mortgage inflation, the latest numbers are frightening 30% compared to the previous year.
So imagine that your grocery budget has increased by 20% since August 2021, your mortgage payments have increased by 30% since then — not to mention the 17% rise in gas prices — and you can imagine why people worry less about climate change make people more concerned about affordability.
When Canadians have struggled with affordability in the past, liberal prime ministers like Jean Chretien found ways to ease the burden because they understood what people were going through.
Trudeau has no way of understanding what it’s like to have to make difficult financial decisions. His family lived on it His grandfather’s oil wealth for two generations.
Trudeau’s determination to fight Poilievre in the fight against climate change when so many Canadians are hungry, cold and worried about the roof over their heads shows just how far from reality he really is. His rush to scare voters with abortions and guns shows that he is not only out of touch but desperate.
Yet he will play these cards because he has no solutions that will make life easier for the average Canadian.
LILLEY: Poilievre delights audiences in Quebec, Trudeau is invisible in India
GUNTER: The Trudeau and Macklem Liberals of the BoC appear to be economically illiterate
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/trudeau-liberals-show-they-are-desperate-and-out-of-touch Without answers on affordability, the Trudeau Liberals fall into fear