If Canada’s chattering classes can tear themselves away from Donald Trump for a moment, have they noticed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stopped answering even the most basic and reasonable questions in Parliament?
Questions such as how many times has he met with Federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson regarding his infamous winter vacation — which the PMO initially tried to keep secret — with the Aga Khan on the billionaire’s private Bahamas island?
Last week, during one Question Period, as noted by Postmedia columnist Mark Bonoksoki, Trudeau refused to answer that question not once, not twice, but 18 times.
Or, put another way, since Canada’s chattering classes can’t seem to tear themselves away from outrage over Trump, one time for every hole at the Mar-a-Lago golf course.
While Canada’s high foreheads shellac Trump’s hapless press secretary — Sean Spicer — have they noticed Trudeau’s principal secretary — Gerald Butts — mocks the opposition parties for asking reasonable questions of his boss, instead of telling his PM pal to stop acting like a petulant child?
“MPs from all over Canada finally get a chance to ask the Prime Minister a question,” the unelected Butts tweeted last week. “They ask about his Christmas vacation. It’s May.”
Ha. Ha. So witty!
This from Butts, who, when he was head of the World Wildlife Fund Canada, offered up the opinion that, when it came to Canada’s oilsands, “we don’t think there ought to be a carbon-based energy industry by the middle of this century.”
In other words, an opinion so staggeringly out of touch with reality, it could only have come from a key advisor to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty — another one of Butts’ previous incarnations — when McGuinty developed his disastrous green energy plan for which Ontarians will be paying through the nose in skyrocketing electricity prices for generations to come.
And so, a modest proposal for Canada’s chattering classes.
America’s democracy is strong. It has survived presidential impeachments, assassinations and Watergate.
Its founding fathers, in their wisdom, created numerous checks and balances in the American political system that give a U.S. president far less executive power than a Canadian prime minister with a majority government.
So how about we keep an eye on Trudeau, once in a while?
Ottawa Sun by Sun Staff
May 14th 2017