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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Does Trudeau ever think before he speaks?

One day Justin Trudeau is musings about his admiration for the Chinese dictatorship, the next he’s lamenting that Canada works better when Quebecers rather than Albertans are running the country and, of course, you’ll remember him opining about the need to discover the roots of the Boston terror attack at a time when the identities and the motives of the bombers weren’t even known.

The Leader of the federal Liberals seems to have trouble thinking through his pronouncements before uttering them. His most recent head-shaker was this definition of middle-class: “People who live off their incomes are the middle class, and those who live off their assets, their portfolios, their trust funds are not.”

According to Trudeau’s definition, I’m not middle-class even though my income doesn’t qualify me as either a low-income or high-income earner—I’m retired and live off my assets. And, by his crazy logic, bank presidents are members of the middle-class.” Go figure.

How can Justin Trudeau be taken seriously as prime ministerial material if he isn’t even able to give a working definition of “middle-class that makes sense—is logical and fits today’s reality?” His speeches are filled with references to the middle-class and how he wants to make their lives better, but he seems unable or unprepared to define that group in terms of an income range. Instead we get the nonsense I quoted above.

Trudeau doesn’t strike me as a fool, so what gives? Why do his seemingly off-the-cuff remarks come out like they are half-baked? Is it that he simply lacks mental discipline and good judgement, or has he been so fawned over and indulged for years that he feels he can just spout off and people will never question his words?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t work up any enthusiasm for this guy as prime minister. He seems to lack gravis—the sort of intellectual heft one expects to see in the holder of that office.  

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  1. So all pensioners, by definition, are not middle-class. What a doofus.

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  2. If Trudeau wants to help the middle class in Ontario all he has to do is condem the thieving libbies in Ontario and tell Wynngnut to get rid of the green energy act.

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  3. One reason he has trouble defining middle class, is that he has never remotely been associated with that demographic. Middle class children don't normally grow up at 24 Sussex Drive, attend private schools in Montreal or live in a mansion on Mont Royal.
    Even his grandfather was a federal cabinet minister and President of Canada Cement. Nothing wrong with any of that, but a lot of such people have an exaggerated sense of what a working class job consists of. Thus we hear Jr crowing about menial jobs he has held, (ski instructor ?) and how this experience equips him to understand normal wage earners. It doesn't of course but it doesn't prevent people who should know better from believing it. He would be well advised to keep quiet about the middle class.

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  4. Gravis = Gravitas? Otherwise good article. Did he really define the middle class that way? That makes all pensioners, part of the wealthy.

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    1. Should be "Gravitas," thanks Anon 6:28 PM.

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  5. "The middle class is a class of people in the middle of a societal hierarchy. In Weberian socio-economic terms, the middle class is the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socio-economically between the working class and upper class"
    Does anybody in Canada belong to the working class these days?

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  6. one can be a fool and not appear to be so.

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  7. We have included your post in our 'Around the Blogs' section at Looniepolitics.com

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  8. I expect that Trudeau is essentially a puppet of the Liberal Party backroom boys. He likely won't come up with any of the party's policies for the next campaign, but will be a very pretty mouthpiece. He's very good with a prepared speech or teleprompter. The scary thought is what happens when he's sitting at the table at the G7/8 or a NAFTA negotiation with someone like Putin or the next President. He could end up destroying our international relations or getting us into a trade war - or even worse, he might sign our future away to some ill-conceived UN socialist plan.

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    1. Don't worry. He won't be PM anytime soon.

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  9. President Obama mused about helping the 'middle class' and in a similar fashion, without substance or facts. Now just look at the mess the middle class are dealing with South of the 49th.

    He has never lived it, understood it, or was he been a boy who pulled himself up to the position he is in now. He was born into it and that is significant . His economic intelligence is zero. His commitment to CANADA as a country is zero. I cannot process how he has true Canada loving Canadians drinking his kool aid other than thinking he is cool. That is shallow and pretty much sums up how I perceive his leadership.

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  10. I am surprised that a bloggingtory, such as yourself, lacks enthusiasm for a non-tory. Who would have guessed?

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