When a government has a majority, the line between governing and electioneering is quite clear. But in a minority government situation, the line is blurred, to the point where basically everything is the pre-election period.
The CCP virus crisis changed that temporarily. All focus on campaigning was gone, and the nation sought to deal with the virus threat. But now, even with cases rising, things are reverting back to the political norm.
Thus, Justin Trudeau’s address to the nation, rather than being seen as a crisis-related event, should be seen as the first speech of the unofficial election campaign.
Trudeau didn’t say anything in the address that wasn’t already in the speech from the throne. He repeated the contents with far less detail, and threw in a few emotional hooks.
Clearly, Trudeau as seeking to reset his political image following the WE Scandal, and wanted to try and frame himself as the benevolent big spender.
His address, and the throne speech, were clearly intended to further divide the nation, while hiding behind the mask of supposed "unity."
Trudeau made it clear that he was doubling down on the climate targets he’s already failing to meet—claiming now that he will exceed them— would continue to cripple and restrict the energy sector, and would move far to the left in terms of spending and rhetoric, embracing the worldview of leftist university professors rather than common-sense Canadians workers.
In short, Trudeau used the importance of a national address to instead deliver a campaign-style speech that will further divide Canadians along political lines.
After years of division, Trudeau had a chance to seek more common-ground and unity across the political spectrum, and he instead chose the opposite.
So, Canada is now in an unofficial election period.
It is almost certain that the Conservatives and Bloc will oppose the throne speech, while the NDP appears likely to support it, but the battle lines have been drawn regardless.
Everything from now until the actual beginning of the campaign will be characterized by a relentless battle of very different visions for the nation, with a heavily-centralized nanny-state ‘government knows best’, massive debt approach on one-side, and a vision of empowering communities, individuals, workers, respecting provincial jurisdiction, and moving towards fiscal responsibility on the other.
With the Liberals hellbent on overturning Canada’s traditions, rewriting history, throwing our fiscal situation into chaos, and putting the government in control of everything, the stakes couldn’t be higher for the future of our nation.