The best dramas are when the actors and script-writers are so good, they bring us into the story and we feel the emotions and passions of it, the anger, the joy, the lust, the sorrow, sometimes even to the point of the audience in tears. They make us, for a brief moment, believe.
Trudeau’s story is a classic tale of the aristocrat born to be king. He was so good at the performance, he himself suspended disbelief and believed he could do it. He didn’t fool Canadians with deception, he used his training as an actor to play the role and it was an act so good that six million Canadians wanted to believe. And so for a brief moment, they did believe.
The Trudeau’s became celebrated like a fairy tale that gave Canadians hope. We would finally be taking care of the marginalized, our environment, we would have a genuine democracy, and improved international relations. The caring, energetic, Trudeau was replacing the scandal-ridden, comatose, Harper.
Trudeau hugging pandas went viral. Trudeau shirtless went viral. Trudeau wildly dancing a Punjabi dance was contrasted with Harper’s energy-free rhythm. Trudeau’s socks were celebrated. His family Halloween costumes were celebrated. Trudeau-mania was in full-force.
Sadly, the hope and dreams of this fairy tale didn’t come into fruition. Priced in gold, the Canadian dollar has fallen to the point where a $50,000 per year wage earner now has the purchasing power of what $43,000 would purchase when Trudeau took office. We’ve seen sharp increases in the cost of living. His environmental policies appeal to the tax collectors and fossil fuel companies, but not to the environment or working families. Our international reputation is in shambles. And He’s removed any hope of democratic reform.
It’s common sense that we don’t get the fellow who plays the role of a doctor to perform surgery. Trudeau played the role of a competent prime minister during the campaign. He memorized his lines. He doesn’t deviate from the script because he dare not.
When he’s asked unfamiliar questions he’s unable to analyze them and give grammatically coherent answers. He’s been clocked at saying either um or uh over 60 times in 60 seconds. When he has a memorized line he uses it regardless of the foolishness of the situation.
When asked in Question Period how much his carbon taxes will cost Canadians he responded with a brilliant line, growing the economy and helping the environment can go hand-in-hand. Green tech is an emerging sector with tremendous potential, however, the opposition pressed for an answer, and Trudeau repeated himself. When he was pressed again, he again repeated himself. On other questions, he’s delivered the same one-line, non-answer, up to 18 times rather than admit the facts or say that he doesn’t know.
He couldn’t deviate from the script. In the case with Trump’s trade war, Trudeau’s response was emotional and eloquent, he said something to the effect that this is offensive as Canadians and Americans have fought together and died together in the mountains of Afghanistan. When Trump came to Quebec for the G7 conference, he offered to end the trade war with Canada with zero subsidies and zero tariffs. It was everything we could ask for.
Trudeau’s response was that Trump was being offensive because Canadians and Americans have fought together and died together in the mountains of Afghanistan. He memorized his lines, and couldn’t deviate from the script.
The one who plays a doctor on TV is now doing open-heart surgery, and the prospects aren’t good. The SNC-Lavalin scandal could force him to resign, and at the very least, it’s seeing his poll numbers spiral downward. We have more debt, and nothing to show for it. His promises have come up empty. Trudeau-mania has faded.
It’s the classic tale of hubris. Trudeau was arrogant enough to believe he could do this. We saw his rise, and now we’re seeing his downfall. Someone should write a drama about it.