One of the main things democracy is designed to avoid is the idea that we have “rulers.”
Instead, we are supposed to have “public servants,” people who don’t have any special rights or privileges, but are simply regular Canadians who temporarily serve our nation in a political capacity.
Unfortunately, many politicians—including Justin Trudeau—prefer to act like rulers, and believe that the rules they impose on others shouldn’t apply to themselves.
And Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Harrington Lake cottage is an example of that arrogant elitist attitude.
Trudeau and Theresa Tam had both said people shouldn’t be travelling to cottages and family visits. They said to stop any ‘non-essential travel.’
In fact, regular Canadians are being ticketed, fined, and punished for trying to go to cottages and for ‘violating social distancing.’
For example, an Oakville family was hit with an $880 ticket for going rollerblading together.
Journalist Anthony Furey has pointed out that regular Canadians are being stopped by the police “for doing exactly what Trudeau did over the weekend,” and how Trudeau’s actions violated the law:
“To clear up any confusion, not only did Trudeau's Harrington Lake visit clearly break the spirit of the rules around cottage visits, it actually broke the law—Quebec's newly passed ministerial order 2020-13 banning access to the Outaouais region, to be precise.”
“A story about how regular people are being stopped by Quebec police for doing exactly what Trudeau did over the weekend.”
So, we see that Justin Trudeau believes he is exempt from the rules that apply to the rest of us.
You might really want to see your family. You might be lonely at home. You might miss your loved ones.
Despite all that, you need to stay put.
But, don’t you realize that Trudeau really wants to see his family?
Don’t you realize that Trudeau is really lonely at home?
Don’t you realize that Trudeau really misses his loved ones?
Clearly, Justin Trudeau’s sense of loneliness and the pain from the absence of his family is somehow different, special, and unique compared to what the rest of us are going through. Right?
Of course, you and I know that’s total bullsh*t.
In fact, Trudeau’s actions are the total inversion of leadership.
Leaders are supposed to set an example for the nation, undergoing hardships so that we all feel a sense of solidarity as Canadians. If Trudeau had said he really wanted to see his family, but that he had to follow the advice he was giving to the rest of us and decided to stay where he was and avoid travel, it would have made it far more credible when the government imposes those restrictions on Canadians.
But now, more and more people will wonder why we are supposed to feel all the pain and suffering, and why we risk being punished by the power of the state, when the Prime Minister ignores those rules without consequence.