The Liberals: A Legacy in Review
It’s been awhile since we’ve started regularly publishing articles here at the Red Ensign, but with a more direct management process, there will be an increase in the pace of publications.
For now, given the upcoming election and given the past year of Liberal politics, it seems like it might be worth going through an overview of their legacy over the past year and even further back.
Ever since 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada has held power in this country. Many factions aligned in order to end the three-term reign of Stephen Harper. But what came after wasn’t all that different from what had been…
While some will deride Harper for some of his standard socially conservative views, in many respects, he was relatively left-leaning. Harper had a tendency to apologize and offer reparations to various minority groups (like the Natives and Chinese), he increased the quota for immigration above the Liberal party that preceded him, and he was fairly Globalist in his tendency towards privatization (as was the case when he let foreign interests purchase the Bay and Tim Hortons). Perhaps the biggest issue with Harper is the fact that he explicitly understood there were legitimate grievances behind National-Populism and chose to pursue Neoliberalism instead, which is something that has been previously mentioned here at the Red Ensign. In some respects, Justin Trudeau has been more Nationalist than Harper insofar as Trudeau has nationalized the pipeline, engaged in reciprocal tariffs with the US, and insofar as Trudeau has actually begun to at least address the issue at the Quebec border.
What this should tell you isn’t that Trudeau is necessarily better than Harper, but that both are ultimately Progressive Globalists. This is an ideological tradition that has been common to both parties since Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. Where the Conservatives have to make concessions to the Liberals over things like immigration and gay rights, Liberals have to make concessions to Conservatives when it comes to maintaining the police-state and supporting the Military Industrial Complex. Both maintain a position that compromises Progress with State-Capitalism in order to maintain a centre between the two. In this respect, can one really be surprised by a legacy where Pierre invoked the War Measures Act and a legacy where Justin talks about the benefits of “Chinese dictatorship”?
The real question here is why Traditionalism hasn’t merged with Socialism rather than Progressivism merging with State-Capitalism, but that is an entirely different matter all together.
In this article, we will review some of the key figures of the Liberal Government and where their major failings have presented themselves.
Obviously the first person to address is the frontman of the band himself: Justin Trudeau.
Ever since Justin Trudeau came into power, he has done so on a platform of political correctness. This could be seen right off the bat insofar as he set gender quotas for his cabinet. He and Emma Watson were the feminists icons of the world for a period of time before she was implicated in the Panama Papers Scandal. This played as much to his advantage in the short term as it proved detrimental in the long term. From #elbowgate to “mansplaining” about “peoplekind” to allegations of cultural appropriation through ethnic-costume dress-up, Trudeau has seen his fair share of controversy as a consequence of the ideological climate he has helped to cultivate. This has only been further cultivated by legislation like M-103, Bill C-16, and Bill C-6, which curiously protect Gays and Muslims (who are notably opposed to one another if anything) while persecuting anyone who is remotely critical of the aforementioned demographics. Furthermore, because he didn’t stand against the pipeline (and, consequentially, for the rights of the natives whose territory it violated) and because he has facilitated weapons deals with Saudis, he has largely maintained the Militantly-Capitalist legacy of the Progressive Neocons who are slightly to the right of him.
While Trudeau has had to become tougher on trade as a consequence of Trump and while Trudeau did nationalize the Keystone pipeline, his pursuing more economically nationalist policies is rather ironic in light of his stance on a “Post-National” Canada.
It should also be considered that under Trudeau, the age of consent for anal sex was lowered and non penetrative bestiality was made legal under the supreme court. This should also be considered in addition to Justin’s connections with Peter Dalglish and Christopher Ingvaldson (which are almost as controversial as the scandal with Ontario Liberal Minister of Education Benjamin Levin)…
And now Trudeau is caught up in the SNC-Lavalin Scandal, the details of which are summarized in an article recently written here at the Red Ensign. In short, Trudeau has colluded with government officials in order to protect the interests of a private corporation that engaged in underhanded dealings with the Libyan Government under Gaddafi, the funds of which were speculated to have gone towards many illicit activities (including prostitution). To make matters worse, Trudeau has been called out by one of his female cabinet members of Native descent (two demographics that Trudeau campaigned to protect the interests of).
The second bandmate that ought to be addressed is the runner up: Bill Morneau.
For someone who holds as many positions as Bill does, he has been involved in just as many controversies. Morneau was born into a multi-million dollar company, W.F. Morneau and Associates, where he ended up holding many position throughout his life (including president, chair, and CEO). Morneau was also an executive chair of his former company, Morneau-Shepell, one of the largest Canadian Human resources services in North America, and he has been involved in a number of NGOs and nonprofit organizations, including a Neoliberal and Libertarian-oriented think-tank known as the C.D. Howe Institute. Morneau currently runs his own corporation, known as Mas des Morneau.
With that being said, since 2017, he has been involved in a number of controversies and scandals. Furthermore, both of his namesake companies, Morneau-Shepell and Mas des Morneau, have been implicated in some of these scandals.
In September, Morneau failed to fully disclose all the details surrounding some property owned by his corporation Mas des Morneau. Apparently, he hadn’t disclosed the fact that there was an entire villa constructed on his property in Southern France. As a result, he was fined by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
In the Fall, it was revealed that Morneau failed to place his assets in blind trust upon being appointed as the Minister of Finance, which he was advised to do by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and which was something he claimed to have done. As a consequence of this, Morneau ended up selling his shares in his former company Morneau-Shepell, while finally placing his assets in blind trust.
In December, Morneau was cleared of charges of insider trading by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. Morneau was accused of insider trading due to $10 million worth of shares being sold before an increase in the capital gains tax was announced. Morneau’s father has also been accused of selling $200 thousand worth of shares as well. With that being said, it is interesting that Bill Morneau should have now sold his shares around the time he came under fire for the previous controversy. In a CBC article, it was announced that “It’s not yet known how much profit was made from the sale. The nature of the sale, to whom the shares were sold and the total value of the sale also remain unknown.” Meanwhile, Morneau was only faced with a $200 fine over failing to declare his assets. This could imply that the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner might be dealing with a conflict of interests themselves.
More recently, Morneau was implicated by former Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin Scandal.
Morneau is the Minister of Finance, has recently been asked to additionally take on the role of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Internal Trade, and he acts as Ottawa’s ambassador to the provinces to encourage collaboration and trade. In light of all of these scandals, it makes one wonder why Bill Morneau has the positions he does, especially in light of the fact that he was one of the first rookie Members of Parliament to hold the position of Minister of Finance. Perhaps the Liberal Party was in bed with Morneau prior to his appointment?
In terms of his impact in the Canadian economy, the first thing that should be noted is that the Minister of Finance has not been trustworthy since Donald Fleming was appointed in 1961. Seriously, don’t trust the BOC… Not only has it been a member of the BIS since 1974, after which the government started to take private loans from private banks (the interest of which has increased our debt dramatically) according to what was outlined by the monetary policy of the BIS; but the Minister of Finance is also a member of the IMF, which Canada has been a part of (in addition to the World Bank) since they were founded in late 40’s.
That Morneau should be engaged in deficit spending or that inflation should continue as it has should come as no surprise in light of an economic legacy that has opposed quantitative tightening and protectionist measures since the Coyne Affair. Perhaps the most insidious thing about Morneau is that, despite the fact that he increased pension payouts and expanded them to include childcare, he tried to put forward Bill C-27, which would give employers the right to deny workers their pension in: crown corporations, air and rail transportation, telecommunications and banks.
Morneau is also notoriously supportive of the LGBT community, having overseen the printing of the “Gay Loonie”. This is in addition to replacing Sir John A. MacDonald with Viola Desmond on the $10 Bill. Morneau also recently pledged $450,000 of taxpayer money to Pride Toronto.
Putting Morneau aside, we having the man on the beats: Ahmed Hussen.
Right off the bat, I know what you’re thinking: it is ridiculous to think that some evil, right-wing extremists might like to make fun of the fact that the Immigration Minister’ surname sounds like a certain former U.S. President’s middle name and a certain Iraqi dictator’s surname!
Hussen has pledged to admit 1 million immigrants over the next 3 years, to increase the quota to 350,000 by 2021, and to ensure that 100% of Canada’s population growth will be due to immigration in 2036. Meanwhile, he has given speeches at hangouts frequented by the notorious, Somali Black Axe gang while he has privately disclosed that Canada’s immigration system has a serious backlog problem with asylum seekers.
Hussen also works for the Canadian Somali Congress and the Canadian Jewish Congress, but don’t worry, there aren’t any special, foreign interests involved there…
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Hussen is that he served as a sitting member of the Stephen Harper government’s Cross-Cultural Roundtable.
So these are the Liberals of today… What should be noted here isn’t that the Conservatives are a better option, but that the Liberals are just as bad. If anything, Canadian Nationalists should be hopeful for the rise of a paradigm characterized by the NDP and PPC rather than the Progressive Neoliberalism of today, especially because the Economic Nationalism of the NDP greatly compliments the more National Conservatism of the PPC. It is within a paradigm like this, that there is a lot of populist potential for anyone who finds the point of compromise between Socialist Populism and Nationalist Populism.
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