We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this election was unnecessary. Not illegal, not illegitimate, not unconstitutional – just completely unnecessary. Unwanted by Canadians, and undesirable for Canadians. A liberal minority government was ruling, and there was no danger of falling; Until an election campaign began, an election was the main thing the opposition parties were campaigning against.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau somehow called an election, and the result has been five weeks of what has often felt like a dangerous distraction from the issue of the moment – the pandemic, and all its consequences – or to use the crisis. A partisan weapon masquerading as a cynical effort.
The Liberal Party and the People’s Party of Canada don’t have much in common, but they share one thing in common: both have sought to make the pandemic, and vaccination, campaign issue No.
Maxim Bernier’s PPC has grown from somewhere beyond the fringe to the fringe, being the champion of all things anti-vax. They’re campaigning for absolutely nothing to mitigate COVID-19, and they can’t stop talking about all they believe not to be done about the pandemic. needed. Some disappointed and misguided Canadians are going to vote for him, which is sad.
But the Liberal Party has also tried to capitalize on the question of vaccination with the opposite message.
As prime minister, Trudeau had announced his trouble with vaccine mandates and domestic proof-of-vaccine certificates at the start of the year. But in mid-August, as the turnout had probably developed, vaccination became the issue with which the Conservatives were to topple.
Liberals say we cannot risk a conservative government. So why call elections?
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Mr Trudeau began the campaign with a plan, or more than half developed notion, about bringing a vaccine mandate to federal employees, encouraging federally regulated companies such as banks to do the same, and vaccinating air travelers. was required to show proof of . During the campaign, he said that if he is re-elected, he would create a $1 billion fund to help provinces with vaccine passports.
All of which are reasonable considerations. The page has been drumming up for months on the need to increase Canada’s vaccination rate, which includes vaccine mandates for schooling and some jobs, as well as proof of the vaccine for entry into some non-essential occupations.
But remember, as of August 15th, liberals Were Government. He had the power to do all that, and then some. Instead, he started the election on a promise to do in the future what he had not done in the past. They devoted five weeks to talking about what they would do about COVID-19 if they were re-elected, five weeks later than those who were absent from the election call did it five weeks (or five months) earlier. could.
It was the campaign equivalent to the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat. Liberals were sometimes confronted like someone who urged their boss to post an ad for their job so they could apply for it. This made the election unnecessary. And that election also turned out to be surprisingly less informative and more important than it could have been.
Liberals largely went on about how terrible the conservatives would be. And conservatives largely went on about how they wouldn’t be too different from liberals.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole never stops telling us she has a plan. Yet he turned it over to firearms regulation halfway through the campaign, even rewriting the platform, even if a vague promise like this is less clear. He also released his stage cost week after stage, which changed the contours of his child-care plans, after which he indicated – in a letter to the Premier of Quebec – that he might change them further if elected. .
The most influential person in this strange campaign must have been the moderator of the solitary English debate. For reasons unknown, Shchi Curl decided to initiate proceedings by assuming the leader of the Bloc Québécois as ambassador to the province of La Belle. And instead of asking him a direct question, he put a final charge on him.
The head of a political party whose existence is all because of the discovery and mining of alleged insults from English Canada, could not believe his good fortune. Nor did Quebec Premier François Legault, who was looking for a way to wrap himself in flags against federal and provincial opponents. Christmas came early for them.
An unnecessary choice? Yes. Irrelevant? hardly.
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