If one listened only to opposition leaders, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, one would get the impression Canada and our economy were headed to hell in a handbasket.
Fortunately, most of us rely on multiple sources before forming an opinion on Canada’s economic performance in both absolute terms and relative to other Western nations. Today I read the following report from Reuters:
Canada unexpectedly added 43,100 new jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dropped to a nearly six-year low of 6.5 percent, prompting market optimism that the sluggish job market might finally be improving.
“Analysts had expected a loss of 5,000 jobs after September's gain of 74,100 positions.
“The jobless rate, down from 6.8 percent in September, was the lowest since the 6.4 percent recorded in November 2008, Statistics Canada said on Friday.”
Pretty good news, all things considered, and news that is consistent with the good economic performance Canada has enjoyed generally under the Stephen Harper Conservative government, especially when we compare Canada to other Western democracies.
When I see a report like this, I can’t help asking myself what sort of economic performance we could have expected had either Mulcair and his Dippers or Justin Trudeau and his Grits been at the tiller. And I usually give a big, Thank You, that neither leader had the chance to lead our country, especially through some of the trying times during the 2008-2009 recession.
In the past few days we’ve also received further confirmation that neither Thomas Mulcair nor Justin Trudeau have the chops to run this very complex country. To wit: misconduct allegations were levelled by two New Democratic MPs against two now-former Liberal Members of Parliament. And how do these prime ministers-in-waiting respond? Poorly, that’s how.
After their ham-fisted handling of this sensitive affair, we have a mess with charges and counter-charges being exchanged by the two opposition parties.
On the one hand we have two MPs being suspended from the liberal party caucus—a de facto presumption of guilt—and on the other we have Mulcair pretty much suggesting Trudeau re-victimised the alleged victims by going public with the information against their wishes.
Trudeau seems to be trying to deflect criticism by pointing out Parliament has no set procedure for handling such cases. But I ask, So what? Surely, as one who claims he is ready and able to run our complicated and sophisticated nation, he has the judgement and leadership skills to handle allegations of misbehaving MPs in a confidential and sensitive manner.
As for Mulcair, one wonders why his MP felt she had to seek out Trudeau to make her complaint instead of taking the issue to Mulcair himself. And, once he was informed of the allegations, why wasn’t he more on top of what was transpiring before Trudeau made the affair the subject of public speculation and gossip?
Couldn’t these leaders have gotten together and worked out a process by which the allegations could be addressed confidentially and the Liberal MPs, if found guilty, be censured in an appropriate manner? In my opinion they could had they been made of finer stuff—you know, the stuff of which prime ministers are made.
In closing, I’m bothered by the fact two MPs have been named and shamed and probably had their political careers ruined and their private lives and those of their families seriously impacted in a most negative manner and no formal charges have been laid and no evidence against them has been disclosed. Nor have either man had the opportunity to face his accuser. This seems very unfair to me.