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Notes from a sinking Liberal ship
"So that's it, after 20 years, 'so long, good luck?'" "I don't recall saying 'good luck.'"
Sometimes the cabinet ‘shuffles,’ and sometimes it’s smothered, with a pillow, until it’s no longer moving.
In the case of Trudeau’s July Crisis of confidence, Canadians and curious onlookers from parts less strange, passive-aggressive, and self-righteous can be assured that it’s the latter.
When one’s only remaining voter bloc happens to be Atlantic Canada, women, and immigrants, and even they abandon you for some imagined ‘far-right,’ it’s probably finally time to act, and act Trudeau’s handlers have.
At press time, gone for good are a whopping seven ministers, the most noteworthy being the likes of Marco Mendicino and David Lametti.
In the case of the mendacious Mendicino, Canada’s minister of ‘Public Safety’ — and a frequent target of scorn around these parts (see below) for reasons of being a loathsome, buffoonish, repeat violater of civil liberties — there was little else to be done with a man who finally pushed the general public too far when he claimed he was “unaware” of Paul Bernardo’s transfer to Canada’s version of a ‘club-fed.’ (He wasn’t.)
Ever loyal and devoid of self-respect to the end, Mendicino has even thanked the PMO for the well-earned demotion.
In the case of attorney general David Lametti, who stepped over the back of Canada’s first Indigenous AG, Jody Wilson-Raybould, one of the last Liberal cabinet members of principle, the news is slightly more surprising, but not undeserved.
Lametti, who recently had even shared a wish to criminalize free speech surrounding a few matters of doubt in regards to the residential schools’ fervour that swept the nation two summers ago, had been no friend to law and order, even as the perceived top lawyer in the land.
Here at the Substack, we’ve belaboured this point before, but he once shared a text thread with Mendicino in which they fantasized about using tanks to break up the Freedom Convoy. Their staffers claim they were joking. (They weren’t.)
Of additional note are the departures of Omar Alghabra and Carolyn Bennett. Alghabra, who has overseen the controlled bureaucratic demolition of Canada’s airports and railways, will not be missed by anyone who has had the misfortune of gracing Pearson International over the past three years, or who has been stranded on the Via Rail anywhere between Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.
In the case of Bennett, who once so haughtily mocked Jody Wilson-Raybould for risking her “pension?” while speaking out against continued Liberal corruption, is now free to do with hers as she wishes.
And the coup de grace appears to be Pablo Rodriguez being mercifully shuffled to transportation, where he can pick up where Omar left off.
After his (historic) self-censorship failures on the C-18 file, should we expect the minister to start charging international airlines for the right to carry Canadians?
All told, and much as the tankies and journalists on the PMO speed dial will try to spin this, such a ‘shuffle’ is not ‘business as usual’; this is part mercy killing, part rats fleeing a sinking ship, part shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Either way, this ship is going down. The watertight compartments aren’t tall enough. The lack of talent here has been so profound, that what comes next is even worse.
Common-sense Canadians would normally have more sensitivity for lost jobs, but when it comes to a group that has cost us so many — with designs on costing tens of thousands more through a forced ‘just transition’ of our hamstrung energy industry — it’s important to celebrate the little victories.
Besides, it’s not cruel if we know they can swim. They’ve been leading us down the drain for years.
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