The truth about populism in Canada

There’s a change happening in the Western political landscape. And the Canadian establishment needs to stop misleading themselves about what it means for this country.

Last month data confirmed what many of us suspected: that Canada is actually ripe for some version of a populist uprising.

An authoritative report by Edelman revealed that “80% of [Canadians] think the elites who run institutions are out of touch with regular people” and “69% say we need to prioritize Canadian interests over the rest of the world.”

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  • LairdKintyre

    Go Team Kellie. I know in my heart there are more of us behind you than any of us dreams to hope. To 2019, and ridding ourselves of the Trudeau government.

  • PaulW

    Only 14% of Canadians support m103 in current form, according to poll:
    https://twitter.com/anthonyfurey/status/840907400760721408

    • That many?

      • P_F

        That translates into; 14% of people living in Canada are stupid/ignorant/evil/traitors.

        • Waffle

          Or Muzzlems.

          • Will Quest

            & the entire United church congregation ….

    • Find the fourteen percent.

      Find them and kick their @$$es.

  • robins111

    I kinda expect that there must be an outlet for the seething anger built up over decades.

    If there isn’t a radical change in the policies from the the politicians and/or a purge of the entrenched. There will be an epic explosion.

    Canada is known to be a nation of polite easy going people but when pushed past that brink there’ll be hell to pay.

    There is an old saying ‘Beware the anger of a patient man’, and if the fools don’t heed it, they’ll reap the consequences

    • G

      I like your “old saying”. I’m going to file that one away for future use.

    • Waffle

      Wishful thinking. I’m afraid that populism in Canada (Trudeaumania I and II aside) is like having an Optimum card with Shopper’s. Once you get one, you’re hooked into paying obscene prices for “points”,which of course, are redeemable for more over-priced stuff. As my nieighbour says about our fast-deteriorating OHIP,”But it’s free!”. We are so screwed.

      • robins111

        You may be right Waffle, however I think that its going to get ugly real soon.

        I suspect that when it warms up and ‘Riot Season’ starts in the US, it’ll migrate up here.

        I also believe that the moron in Ottawa will pull some kind of asinine stunt because of it, and get it really going.

    • disqusW6sf

      You’re right about the seething anger built up over the past decades. There was no outlet , no Internet. There was censorship ie, the media controlled what was said.

    • Clink9

      Turdo’s little world in his head will be gone. Lot’s of tears coming.

    • WalterBannon

      bring on the epic explosion

      I would love to see Wynne swinging from a noose

  • G

    I’m skeptical. This is just some news media dick trying to invent a story. Conduct a poll. Skew the questions. Report on it. Presto! Instant story!

    Canadians are too spineless and there are too many immigrants now to elect a real populist like Trump or Le Pen.

    If a truly populist conservative leader shows up, (Kellie Leitch) and start getting significant numbers at their public appearances then I’ll begin to believe it.
    Until then it’s just “news” media assholes following the pack.

  • Oracle9

    Only 69% in Canada you say? Pity.

  • Oracle9

    We need a government of adults, and one that will maintain the roads and issue dog licenses, and little else.

  • Jabberwokk

    I don’t like populism. I would argue Trudeau was the result of populism. Having a candidate surf the wave of populism has an inevitable expiration date, sooner or later you reach the shore. And the wave trudeau rode was weed and the familiarity with PM Harper. Doing what’s right is seldom popular, and without principle to guide your couse you will just get lost in the tide of populism. It may be going the way you want now but it will change. What will you say then?

    • Alain

      It depends on what one means by populism. I agree with your definition, expecially how it cursed us with not only one but two Trudeau’s. However in the case of Trump, Le Pen and Wilders it has everything to do with people being fed up with the establishment “elite globalists” and wanting rid of them. For that reason I think it is incorrect to label this populism.

      • Jabberwokk

        So populism isn’t populism so long as your fed up with X

        How is this different in Trudeau’s case where people were fed up with PM Harper?

        Put the show on the other foot. It’s the same just coming from the other side. If I were a liberal I would make the exact same argument as to why i voted for Trudeau.

        We need to win people to something deeper than “I’m fed up with X” where X is w/e ‘ist, ‘ism or ‘ic If we don’t it’s only a matter of time till the pendulmn swings the other way and the get fed up with populists and nationalists.

        I’m not trying to be difficult or needlessly adversarial Alain but I have some serious concerns we’re just boxing with shadows.

  • WalterBannon

    Canada could use a good old fashioned civil war

  • Everyone Else

    KILL THE CBC!