Thursday, October 27, 2016
Justin Trudeau and the Farcical Youth Summit Protest
I have to admit it was a great photo-op, and a sure way to get the attention of the Con media.
A small group of demonstrators at the CLC's Young Workers Summit turning their backs on Justin Trudeau.
"Honour your promises!" hollered some in the crowd, as event moderators tried to keep the peace. "We don't have dialogue with liars!" "Shame! Shame!"
While shooting selfies of themselves, with Justin peering over their shoulders.
But although I am all in favour of young Canadians getting politically involved, and if necessary giving the Prime Minister a rough ride.
I thought their behaviour was appalling.
They were rude, they acted like hoodlums in a most un-Canadian manner. Their questions were absurd, one guy couldn't even come up with ONE.
And let me be clear, they don't represent the views of the many millenials I know, who were embarrassed not impressed by their childish performance.
Which at a time when that generation is trying to be taken seriously, made us all look like ignorant idiots.
And only played into the hands into the hands of the Cons, who are forever claiming that Trudeau is breaking his promises.
When in fact in that regard, the Liberal's record so far is excellent.
By early October 2016, 24 percent of the Liberal campaign promises have been “kept entirely.”
Fewer than 2 percent of Trudeau’s promises have been declared “broken,” the most salient among them being the promise to run modest deficits of $10 billion in the two first years which the government reneged upon when it announced a $30-billion deficit in the March 2016 budget.
It's better after one year than the one of the two other governments before it.
The data show that the number of promises kept entirely or in part after one year by the Trudeau government (54%) clearly outweighs its predecessors’ average after one year (33%)
And you might think that those young union members might have given the Trudeau government some credit for scrapping the Con regime's foul anti-union bills C-377 and C-525, which went down in flames last Friday.
Just two days before they staged their farcical protest.
But no, they were just there to disrupt the summit, and make themselves the story, which is simply pathetic.
However, having said that, do young Canadians have the right to be restless and even angry? Yes they do.
With an unemployment rate of over 13% and so many struggling with crushing student debt, and the lack of affordable housing and good jobs, they should be pushing the government to do more to help them.
And like other Canadians they need to hear a message like this one like they need a hole in the head.
For although the Liberal government has moved to help millennials by expanding the Canada Pension Plan to ensure they have a tiny light at the end of the long tunnel of life.
That rising generation will NEVER settle for a life of precarious employment, and that kind of dismal fate.
But here's the thing, precarious employment has been a fact of life for years. Many of my friends work in those kind of jobs, with no job security, no benefits, no pensions, no nothing.
The Liberals didn't create the problem, they inherited it.
And since it's a problem caused by our rotting capitalist system, that ugly reality will only be changed by a revolution, like the one Bernie Sanders has been promoting in the United States...
For only a giant progressive movement can deliver that kind of real change.
And while Justin Trudeau is incredibly popular.
And will almost certainly win the next election, and probably the one after that.
And although he has already done so much to restore our Canadians values, and repair our image in the eyes of the world.
He was not elected to overhaul or overthrow the capitalist system. Alas.
And to my knowledge he can't walk on water...
But he is a decent person, he is reaching out to young Canadians unlike any other leader before him.
So while they work to build that massive progressive movement for change, the young should engage with Justin, try to push him in a leftward direction, not demonize him.
Or play into the hands of his Con enemies.
And above all they should remember that this is Canada, not Harperland anymore.
And show the prime minister who delivered us from that nightmare, the respect he deserves...