- Liberal Party of Canada
Trudeau and Liberal Party of Canada, with the aid of empty promises and an immaculate marketing campaign, was our one-way ticket out of a suppressed populous to a glorified, inclusive, and loving Canada. A Canada that welcomed a diversity of culture and opinion. A Canada that would rid itself of the broken and outdated systems in place.
It all seemed too good to be true, but 39.5% of us bought it, myself included. In the beginning Trudeau made waves by announcing a 50/50 gender split in the cabinet “because it [was] 2015,” he unmuzzled scientists, and followed through on his middle-class tax cut. There was widespread belief that we, the citizens, made an incredible choice in electing the savvy, young, junior Trudeau. We gave this party a majority, hoping that the campaign filled with lucrative offers would follow through on most, if not all of its promises.
However, the more exposure we get of Justin and the Liberals, the more sour a taste is being left in Canada’s mouth. For me, the promise of reforming Bill C-51 and electoral reform were major selling points. I volunteered my time and efforts to assist Randy Boissonault, a Liberal candidate, to get elected here in downtown Edmonton. I was completely sold on the ideas and the promises the Liberal party gave us.
Now, I feel like a bit of an ignoramus. Issues I vehemently argued for, promises I assured people would come true, have fallen by the wayside. My heart truly aches that I believed everything they fed me.
On February 1, 2017, Mr. Trudeau announced their party would not seek electoral reform for the 2019 election. As of now, there has been no mention of Bill C-51. Other promises broken: $3 billion invested annually to better home-care services, reducing small business tax from 11% to 9%, guaranteeing First Nation communities have a veto over natural resource development within their territories, and investing $300 million annually towards the Youth Employment Strategy (to name a few).
Now, I’m not ignorant enough to believe that every campaign promise will come to fruition, but it’s the magnitude of promises being neglected that is concerning to me. Even worse? Our Prime Minister gets more attention for taking his shirt off than breaking the trust of over 30 million citizens. It’s absolutely astonishing that Trudeau has repeatedly stated 2015 would be our last election under the first past the post system. He has stated this prior to, during, and after the election.
“A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged,” Trudeau wrote.
If I recall, minimal effort was done to inquire about a desired electoral system. MyDemocracy.ca asked a series of vague political questions, asking users to choose one of five potential responses to questions that should require at least some elaboration. The site was ridiculed from the start by all sides of the opposition as being a gimmick.
They were right! The survey resembled a Buzzfeed “Discover what Simpsons Character You Are” type of questionnaire that dodged the heart of the matter. On top of that, they wasted $250,000 to develop the site. I could have done the same job for free, and I would have been able to garner some tangible results.
I’d like to tell you this article is unbiased, but it’s completely biased and I know it. I’m incredibly shocked and appalled by the level of betrayal the Liberals are showing us.
I don’t know whether Trudeau has disavowed his own values, or if the old boys at the Liberal club have swung the hammer of authority, all I can tell you is that I’m not happy, and you shouldn’t be either.
What happened to accountability? What happened to transparency? What happened to the Trudeau who spoke to us of “sunny ways?” As the turmoil continues to unwind, please, be sure to make your voice heard in some way. Turn the trigger fingers into Twitter fingers, it’s better than nothing. Make yourself heard; apathy is what they desire from us so that they can continue to drive down the wrong side of the road unattested.
Together we can create the Canada we all long for; the one we were promised.