I saw a meme which had a comment from current Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer about being Centrist and then had a quote by former Conservative Party of Canada leader (and Prime Minister) Stephen Harper about conservatives claiming to be centrist and I thought it was very astute but wanted to fact check. And lo and behold, it was pretty much true. I have linked to the Toronto Sun article interviewing Andrew Scheer and Ben Shapiro interviewing Stephen Harper and ummm…did Harper hand Scheer a Smackdown?
““We have an opportunity to say that we are a pragmatic centrist party with room for lots of different views on lots of different issues…”
Then on the Sunday Special with Ben Shapiro a mere 2 weeks later on November 18th, 2018, at the 5:55 mark of the interview Stephen Harper says this:
“..often you will see the same things happen in Canada, ‘I’m a pragmatist, I’m a centrist’, and of course coming from the mouth of a conservative often means they are actually left of centre but somehow want to be in a conservative party.”
You can view it by clicking the on the video below and the response is at the 5:55 mark. (You can see the conversation with the question starting at the 4:46 mark.)
So does Andrew Scheer have a problem? Most conservatives are huge fans of Stephen Harper so I would say yes. He is OfficiallyScrewed.
“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”
- ― Milton Friedman
I mean I get why the Liberals do it. But why are Tories doing it? You can come join me….and Maxime Bernier….on the other side where the grass…..and Canadian economy….are greener. Even Rona Ambronse sees the potential damage to our economy preserving it will cause us with Trump as President. If you think waiting for him to lose office is something we can hold out against, you are wrong. There will be mass layoffs right away in Canada. And Trump isn’t going anywhere for at least 2 more years and likely 6 more years, at which point our economy will have fallen off the cliff.
Of course the Boy Blunder Trudeau will blame Trump, but he should blame his own father who brought about Supply Management back in 1971. Do you not all see the sweet irony which has the drama teaching, hair modelling, selfie taking, pixie dust spreading Prime Minister has to smack down one of his father’s legacies?
Many of those who know me know I do not support Supply Management as it artificially changes the price of goods. I used to work for a dairy co-operative and heard the stories of drivers taking their milk loads and dumping them in the middle of a farm field as part of the process of ensuring the supply did not get into the system.
So how did we get to the point of an auto tariff trade war with the USA?
Well back in 1971, Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s government passed the bill authorizing Supply Management. Little did he know his son would be in power when it became a major sticking point between US/Canada trade relations. Trump is now threatening to levy tariffs on Canadian made automobiles and siting Supply Management (for how little it really affects things) as one of the major reasons why the USA is considering this aggressive trade move.
We are quickly getting to a point in which Baby Trudeau will need to either double down on his father’s legacy and seriously jeopardize Canada’s economy or eliminate the unfair trade practice. Pretty ironic if you ask me. In fact, my view on Baby Trudeau’s stance of measured and proportionate tariffs is this. We can bloody the nose of the USA with equal tariffs but what good is it if we are buried 6 feet under?
If you don’t agree with me, why not take Amanda Lang’s view on it? She is not a raving libertarian like me but even she knows if push comes to shove and the USA proceeds with this, our economy in Canada will be crippled.
or in other words…we would be Officially Screwed.