The Conservative Party
leader's capacity for knee-jerk reactions and capitulation has been
exposed. Pierre Poilievre has spent the last few weeks acting like a
career politician, condemning bad people he doesn't know anything
about and using strong words to describe situations he doesn't fully
understand. It's like Erin O'Toole came back with a different face. If he doesn't cut it out, Poilievre's thoughtless pandering and capitulation will make
him another forgotten name in the history books.
The latest fiasco
involving a German politician named Christine Anderson isn't where it
all started. Poilievre has been stepping on the wrong toes and
commenting on things he hasn't properly researched for a while. His
comments about Christine Anderson, distributed to Brian Lilley, were
merely the straw that broke the camel's back.
There is going to come
a time when standing up to CBC journalists and calling out the media are no longer enough. That time is fast approaching, so Pierre
Poilievre better start listening to the people who have had his back.
No one has asked Pierre
Poilievre to close down Canada's borders to immigrants and refugees,
but they have asked for some restraint. There are always going to be
those who demand unreasonable things and take extreme positions, but
the majority of those asking for reforms aren't looking to close down
the country and label immigrants as lower forms of life.
Those people are few and far between and their influence in
conservative circles is always exaggerated by Liberals.
We want tighter
controls and more restrictions on immigration. None of us think
immigrants are worthless, we just see a serious problem emerging from
Canada's current policies.
Canada has a housing
crisis and a healthcare crisis. We don't have enough space to house
our own citizens and we don't have enough doctors to treat our
sick—yet, the Trudeau government plans to import millions of new
immigrants within the next couple of years. Even to ordinary swing
voters, this policy seems destructive and ill-advised. Most Canadians
don't have a problem with a million new immigrants, but a million new
immigrants within such a short frame of time, during an ongoing
crisis, is another story.
The Liberal solution to
everything always involves throwing more resources at a problem. To
solve inflation, they throw more printed money at it; to solve debt,
they throw more debt at the existing debt; to solve shortfalls in healthcare,
they throw more money at the bureaucracy; to solve short-term deficits in
tax revenue, they throw more immigrants into the mix. Liberals have
little regard for the long-term consequences of their actions.
More immigrants will
put further strain on housing inventory and more strain on our public
healthcare system. With labour shortages in construction and supply
shortages across the board, we can't build houses fast enough. With fewer doctors, we
can't fill holes in our healthcare system to deal with the influx of
new illnesses and emergencies brought by having more people. The
Liberal idea of filling low-skill construction jobs with unskilled
immigrants also doesn't work—it hasn't yet. If it was working,
there wouldn't be a labour shortage across the entire country.
construction jobs with unskilled workers can result in low quality
work—which leads to bigger, more costly problems down the road.
immigration policies aren't making life easier for anyone. Pierre
Poilievre hasn't addressed Canada's immigration policies properly and
has, instead, resorted to the same old talking points and pandering.
He called for Trudeau to close Roxham Road, but that little opening
in Quebec isn't the problem. Canada's policies are the problem and
Poilievre, too scared of being called a racist MAGA boy, won't tackle
the real issue.
The War In Ukraine
It's almost like
Poilievre is following a global script when he talks about the war in
Ukraine. He uses the same talking points and has all the same
perspectives as other leaders inside the Western war machine. He
peddles the same deceitful and inaccurate ideas about Russia's
invasion being “unprovoked” as Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden.
misinformation and endorses escalation.
Anyone who has read
books and done research knows why Putin invaded Ukraine. It has
nothing to do with greed, or the insanity of a tyrannical madman. It
has everything to do with the expansion of NATO, protecting Russia,
and the pro-Russian sentiments inside Eastern Ukraine. If anyone were
to ask Joe Biden how he would react to Russia setting up missile
silos and bases in Cuba, they would probably get a response similar
to that of John F. Kennedy.
The push by Western
allies and Zelenskyy to join NATO has been strong. Before Zelenskyy,
the U.S. had been interfering in Ukraine's politics and attempting to
install pro-American leadership for years. None of this got by Putin,
who isn't the warmongering lunatic our media tries to portray. NATO
and American allies have been trying to encroach on Russia, via
Ukraine, for longer than two decades. Finally, in 2022, Putin was
provoked into doing something about it.
Everything from the
annexation of Crimea to the current invasion of Ukraine is an
enforcement of the red line drawn by Russia, which states that
Ukraine cannot join NATO, for the same reasons Russia can't build
bases in Cuba. On a deeper level, there are pro-Russian sentiments in
much of Eastern Ukraine and the country has a strategic location,
making it highly valuable to Russia.
Rather than speak even
a little bit of truth, Pierre Poilievre has decided to tow the
Western line by making false statements and posting tweets about an
Last, but not least, is
Poilievre's response to Christine Anderson. The Conservative leader
couldn't have shit the bed in more spectacular fashion than he did
when he sent a hasty response to Brian Lilley. After three of his
MPs—including Leslyn Lewis—met with Anderson, Poilievre called
her views vile and racist in a statement to the Sun columnist.
He then went on to say that Anderson should stay out of Canada.
Christine Anderson has been a
vocal opponent of the “Islamification” of Germany and of vaccine
mandates, but that doesn't make her a vile racist. In many European countries, Islamic “ghettos”
and no-go zones are a real thing, making concerns and criticisms from
people like Anderson somewhat justified.
If Poilievre wants to
peddle the idea that someone who opposes the violent and extremist
wings of a global religion is “racist”, that's on him. Many
Canadians feel the same way Anderson does. However, most of the reception she received in Canada had to do with her opposition to mandates and Justin Trudeau, not about her criticisms of Islam.
Canada doesn't have the
same problem with no-go zones as Germany, Sweden and the United
Kingdom, but it isn't something we are immune to. Some Canadians
believe we are getting closer to having similar problems, but that
doesn't make them any more racist than those who vocally oppose
paedophilia in Catholic churches and the more extremist views of
other religious institutions. The views and customs imposed on our
society by Christianity are regularly criticized in media and by
supporters of the NDP and Liberals.
Criticizing the growth
and expansion of harmful views within our society is natural and
necessary, on all sides. Calling everyone who does it a racist is
childish, censorial and asinine. By choosing to be a typical career
politician who feigns outrage over things he doesn't understand,
Pierre Poilievre is treading on thin ice.
If Poilievre is mad because Anderson took a photo with someone he severely dislikes, he should learn to take his emotions out of the equation. It makes him look weak and impulsive.