Thursday, January 07, 2016
Why Justin Trudeau's Honeymoon Will Continue
Yesterday I tried to explain why I believe it's going to be very hard for the Cons and their friends in the media, to dent Justin Trudeau's popularity.
Or end his honeymoon.
And how polls like this one.
Were driving Cons like Stephen Taylor wild...
So I'm glad to see that Carol Goar also believes that Justin Trudeau is going to have a long honeymoon.
The consensus is almost universal. The cold winds of January will expose the cracks, holes and gaps in Justin Trudeau’s ambitious governing plan. With each missed target, Canadians will become less forgiving, less hopeful, less enchanted by their new prime minister.
Because while the Con media may be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him, and predicting his early demise.
“I feel fairly confident forecasting some sort of fall from grace for the Trudeau Liberals, probably even their first scandal,” said Globe and Mail columnist Marsha Lederman as the New Year began.
“When MPs next convene, Ottawa will not have quite the cheery snow globe sheen,” The Star’s Tim Harper predicted. “The long frozen days of January will mean the long dark reality of governing.”
And while Lisa Raitt has been going after him like only a desperate Con can...
“Nearly every plank in their fiscal platform has splintered into pieces,” said Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt in late December. “The only surprise is how quickly it happened.”
Nobody believes anything she says. Not after what's happening to the economy.
And as Goar points out, logic isn't always the key to human psychology.
For the first time in a decade Canadians feel good about themselves and their country. They like welcoming refugees; tackling climate change; being seen as a consensus-builder on the world stage and a friend in Washington. They like working together to accomplish shared goals. It will take more than a few missed deadlines and delayed commitments to sour the public mood.
Canadians are feeling better than they have felt for a long time. They haven't forgotten this nightmare...
The second factor working in Trudeau’s favour is the deep sense of relief many groups feel. Isadore Day, Ontario chief of the Assembly of the First Nations put it into words at a recent meeting of the Toronto Rotary Club. “The decade of darkness under Stephen Harper is over.”
By rescinding the dictums of the previous Tory government, the new prime minister can keep large segments of the population onside well into 2016.
And since there is so much of Stephen Harper's foul legacy to demolish...
The list of regressive Harper legacies is long: his punitive crime bills, his regressive tax credits, his subsidies to fossil fuel producers, his disproportionate anti-terrorism laws, his one-sided Middle East stance and his cutbacks to everything from employment insurance to food safety inspections. That should keep the Liberals busy — and hearten fair-minded Canadians — for a good while.
Justin Trudeau should be able to keep most of his support for a long time.
The Cons will be driven even crazier than they are now, if that's possible.
And as Stephen Harper's monstrous legacy comes crashing down.
The honeymoon will continue...
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