The centre-left’s divine right: The arrogance of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

The Liberal party’s operational code has always been in simplicity itself: to govern Canada by striking the most marketable balance between elitism and egalitarianism. They labelled it the New Liberalism, and pretended that anybody called Trudeau could win.

Not bloody likely, it turns out.

  • JoKeR
    • I like that! Oh wait I made it;)

      • JoKeR

        How dare you try to take credit for your own work in the Socialist Republic of Ontario!

  • kkruger71

    Not sure what’s changed in the last few days but it is amazing to me how many people on my Facebook feed are posting anti-Trudeau/pro-Mulcair memes and status updates all weekend. I think they really do smell blood in the water at this point.

    • The great collapse has begun, Trudeau was due, no matter how the media tried they couldn’t keep enough air in his head.

      • UCSPanther

        I’m amazed at how fast the Trudeau-Necromania has deflated here.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I dunno.
        October 19 is a long way away.
        It’s possible that even if Trudeau loses ground in the House he’ll still win.
        If he’s part of a coalition government and possibly a cabinet minister he gets to hang around.
        He’s too young and too Trudeau for Liberals to dump after one go.
        And they really have, at this point, lowered expectations.
        [Insert MadTV sketches here]
        In contrast, Dion was too dumb and Ignatieff was petrified wood.
        As for Mulcair, he just has to hold what he has.

  • Millie_Woods

    The beard is hideous enough but what’s with the bling?

  • Petrilla

    What an interesting article by an old fella who was and is right about many things. Who used to hold the Canadian spotlight, and now doesn’t and is no doubt angry. I think Justin Trudeau only ever gave a good filial speech at his father’s funeral and for some reason was thought to be the next leader of the Natural governing Party. Too many missteps along the way, to be expected for a man in his forties with little parliamentary experience despite being parachuted into my once riding of Papineauville.. Still a part time drama teacher and his breathiness drives me nuts, can’t listen.’ He picture of him in a mosque doing what, swe#ring to what bothers me. Mulcair? Citizen of France? Who likes him, no one I know, he is know as Mad Tom here. One comment in Macleans I found interesting. In all the 4 parties in Canada….what did I miss here? Are there really 4 parties, is he referring to the Green Party. 3 are bad enough, the Green Party with their leader who has had many career changes as I have clogs, makes it a joke. Are all of the newspapers and magazines of the world crazy when they say Canada has consistently held our economy on an even keel, when the rest of the world seems to be in economic chaos?

    • Clausewitz

      How could he ever have parliamentary experience when he never actually showed up for his job?

    • Shebel

      I almost feel sorry for the Liberals.
      First -Dion -the blathering fool that understood less about his platform than he did about Canada.
      Second–Iggy –the arrogant aristocratic that cared less about Canada than his Ego.
      Third– Justin—A simple minded Fool that might qualify as court Jester if he was not the Hero in that Drama spinning thru his head.

  • Icebow

    Well, what a manly little beard.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That was his early V for Vendetta House of Commons phase.

  • Maggat

    Not a bad article, coming from Newman, until I got to “Stephen Harper to seize power.” That started the gag reflex.

    Good Christ do these idiots never stop? I wonder if he was crying over shiny pony possibly losing the election, or Stephen Harper probably winning it.

    • Brenda2600

      He is a DIPPER!!

  • David Murrell

    I am surprised Peter C. Newsman would write this, a harsh indictment of the Liberal party. When I immigrated to Canada in 1970, I as a “liberal” read lots of Peter Newman, then editor-in-chief of Macleans. Then he was as pro-Liberas as can be, especially when the ruling federal Liberal party did some sort of deal, to allow Macleans to become a weekly (I think it was denying Time Canada some sort of tax write-off). When that tax measure took hold, Newman’s Macleans became staunchly Liberal. Now nobody cares, of course, what Macleans thinks.

    Newman was a guru who new all the big shots in business and political Ottawa. To me, yes, the Liberals are arrogant. But what is more distressing is the pro-Liberal arrogance in the media, and in big-business and big labour. Newman doesn’t talk about that.

    • Frances

      It was something to do with advertising – I think Canadian companies advertising in Time Canada and the like magazines couldn’t deduct said advertising as an expense unless the magazine (Time Canada, for instance) had a certain amount of Canadian content. But I could be completely out to lunch here.

      • Clausewitz

        Nope, you nailed it.

      • David Murrell

        Thanks for this. You refreshed y memory. All I remember was that, after the tax legislation, Peter C. Newman’s Maclean’s became a mouthpiece for the federal Liberals, much like the Star and the Globe and Mail are today.

        • Clausewitz

          At the same time, this is why we never get to see the good Superbowl commercials.

  • jayme

    Lets just say the Libs end up with 15% of the votes would they have a leadership review or spin it as were not ready but we will be very soon.

  • What is worse is that people indulge the Liberals’ arrogance.

    The Liberals (as with all politicians) should be treated as employees, which is what they are, and summarily dismissed when they do poorly or get too damn proud for their own good.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Harper and his team of fraudsters need to be replace,someone has to do the job he cant do,base of his fraud , lies making this country from the best to worst in history.

    • Clausewitz

      You’ve been watching too many NDP internet ads. There’s a reason why they don’t play on TV yet, because if they did they’d get sued for Liable.

      • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

        Really,who are you working for now,Mike Duddy .

        • Clausewitz

          It’s Mike Duffy you bone head. If you’re going to try to insult someone try not to look like an idiot in the attempt.

          • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

            Does the truth hurts? take it or leave it .