Why Justin Trudeau Has Failed – Freedom Philosophy

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There’s no shortage of commentary on the failure of Canada’s increasingly unpopular leader Justin Trudeau. His cabinet is bailing on him, his promises are largely unfulfilled, our international reputation is in shambles, and our cost of living is skyrocketing. There are numerous propositions as to why he hasn’t measured up.

It’s said that the cause of his failure is rooted in his SJW ideology; however, there are many feminist, LGBTQ+ advocates that make highly competent CEOs.

It’s said that his failure is the result of being a trust fund millionaire. Again, there are many individuals who inherit wealth and their position within society that manage to excel.

It’s said that the cause is within his background as a drama teacher. I’m not aware of anything intrinsic to teaching drama that would prevent one from effectively studying policy. If anything, his knowledge of educational theory should assist Trudeau in his studies.

I believe the root cause is a personal trait held by many Liberals – he’s arrogant. There’s a reason pride is the central sin, and humility the central virtue, in all good religion. Socrates’ criticism of hubris is the beginning of philosophy. The scientific method exists to weed out self-centered biases.

Trudeau spent $4 billion of taxpayers’ money to build a pipeline. He’s never built a pipeline before. Why he thought he had the capacity to find the appropriate consultation on this is beyond me.

On the opposite spectrum, he canceled the environmentally-friendly tax credit for public transit and replaced it with a carbon tax. Rather than saving money for environmentalism we now get to pay money for environmentalism. He assured us that he would use the additional funds to invest in green tech companies. Neither he nor anyone in his cabinet, have made successful green tech investments. As a green tech investor, identifying legitimate residual cash-flows is absurdly difficult. Why he believed he had the capacity to do this is beyond me.

He canceled a children’s arts tax credit and a children’s fitness tax credit, with the promissory note of investing into the arts and sports programs himself. Parents don’t need to make decisions as to which programs will benefit their child, thankfully we have Trudeau who will do that for us.

Trudeau has appointed himself as the ultimate decider as to which businesses succeed and which ones fail. The New York Stock Exchange has outperformed the Toronto Stock Exchange by a 3-to-1 multiple since Trump was elected. His corporate tax cuts sucked investment out of Canada. In response, Trudeau offered a corporate welfare program, where he would still tax us heavily, but give relief to companies that his party likes. It’s not the consumer who decides which companies meet our needs, it’s Trudeau.

The most damnable example of them all is the media. Media is undergoing a transition from traditional mediums to social media. As traditional mediums of media fail, Trudeau has offered a relief package. No longer do consumers of news decide what is true and what is not, we have Trudeau to make that decision for us.

Pride is the centerpiece of many tragedies. To say Trudeau wasn’t ready for this job is the understatement of the decade. But he thought he was ready. Unfortunately, this tragedy has national consequences. Canada is deteriorating because of his hubris. This next election isn’t an election, it’s an exorcism where we have an opportunity to rid ourselves of the most wretched of sins – pride.

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Brandon Kirby

Brandon Kirby has a philosophy degree with the University of New Brunswick. He works for a Cayman Island hedge fund service firm, owns a real estate company, and has been in the financial industry since 2004. He is the director of Being Libertarian - Canada. He is a member of the People’s Party of Canada and the Libertarian Party of Canada.