Canada’s 1% Prime Minister
“A stand-in is a politician who can deliver her constituency to her Wall Street backers, and that’s what a politician does in America. You get a constituency; you make them believe your promises, and then you turn them over to your financial campaign backers. That’s what politics has become, and that’s as much an art of deception as economics is.”
Michael Hudson, US Economist
So it goes in the USA, so too in Canada. What Michael Hudson says of Hillary Clinton also applies to Justin Trudeau. Trudeau would also no doubt agree with Clinton, “So, you need both a public and a private position.- in other words, you have one message for the public and another for your financial backers, and the latter is where your ultimate loyalty will be.
During the 2015 election campaign Trudeau was the savior of the middle class, a year later he has suddenly mutated into an out of control servant for the 1%.
All within a few weeks, he stood ready to ratify the TPP had it been ratified in the US. He has handed over a multi-billion dollar cash windfall for privatizers who get to run more P3 infrastructure projects when these are proven to be an economic disaster for taxpayers and the public purse. He has also been jamming the highly contentious CETA agreement through Parliament.
Where so many Canadians saw the TPP as a critical loss of our sovereignty and the final onslaught of neoliberalism, Trudeau portrayed it as no more than another free trade deal that had to be signed out of loyalty to our trading partners, and our need to be part of the pack. Fortunately, Donald Trump won the US election and the TPP, for the time being, is dormant, and hopefully dead. Had Hillary Clinton won, it would surely have been ratified, as she is the “godmother” of the agreement and had an enormous amount of political capital invested in it. For her, it would have been just another flip-flop in service to her Wall Street backers.
Canada’s neoliberal-Liberal Party exists in its altered reality of blissful ignorance. There is a whole body of critical evidence, going back to Margaret Thatcher’s disastrous privatization of British Rail in 1994, showing P3s are nothing more than a rip-off of public funds. They are pursuing the same folly as the Harper Conservatives. In 2012 the Conservatives also trotted out P3s to the utter amazement of Globe and Mail journalist, Barrie McKenna.
Neoliberal-Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, one of the “architects” has clearly not been doing his homework when he states, there is simply no alternative: “to be afraid of the private sector when you are trying to fix the country’s infrastructure is short-sighted, stupid, and irresponsible.” Vaughan is unaware of the wretched history of P3s. Obviously, he is also unaware of the distinguished history of Crown corporations in serving our country, that we were in their heyday in the time of P. E. Trudeau. He has fallen for the usual neoliberal propaganda that there is no alternative. This is just what they want every politician to believe as they exercise their avaricious greed. Vaughan is a casualty of his own stupidity and failure to exercise due diligence.
In April 2013, Globe and Mail columnist Lysiane Gagnon penned her tender forewarning; Justin is his mother’s son. Gagnon wrote: “The problem is that, so far there is no sign that he had what his father had; leadership and vision.” Three years later we see that not only are these qualities absent he has abandoned liberalism for neoliberalism. He refuses to address issues in any substantial way, exudes wilful ignorance, and where due diligence should be exercised recklessness is the order of the day.
Before the last election, in September 2015, the Harper machine released its ads portraying Justin Trudeau as, “Just not ready”. They were deemed malicious in many quarters, but they were also another forewarning.
Harper spent a decade in the systematic destruction of Canada, its institutions, and our democracy. He was also out to demolish the Liberal Party of Canada. Fortunately, his handiwork was interrupted by last year’s election. Even so, the Harper dream marches on virtually unchecked as this government has been all too willing to carry on with his handiwork, his vision, while they have none.
The neoliberal-Liberal Party of Canada is a soulless entity lacking leadership and vision. It cannot escape the ruinous embrace of the Harper legacy. It cannot say no to its seditious relationship with the American Democratic Party. It cannot say no to its neoliberal masters.
It cannot say, Yes to Canada and Canadians!
And now we have, Kinder Morgan!