Can someone give PM Trudeau a pair of glasses?
Up in Canada, P.M. Justin Trudeau can't help himself. He has gone "full woke" on the truck drivers and consequently encouraged more drivers to get on their trucks to Ottawa. This is an example from the New York Post:
Trudeau took aim at the thousands of anti-vaccine mandate protesters who have staged demonstrations in Ottawa for the last two weeks, declaring on Monday night: "It has to stop."
"This is a story of a country that got through this pandemic by being united — and a few people shouting and waving swastikas does not define who Canadians are," Trudeau told lawmakers during an emergency debate.
Trudeau's remarks appeared to dismiss concerns from conservative lawmakers who have warned that the hundreds of trucks that have been blocking major thoroughfares in Ottawa shed light on how divided the country has become.
Trudeau added that the protesters were "trying to blockade our economy, our democracy, and our fellow citizens' daily lives."
Wonder when he will start referring to the whole thing as Canada's January 6? Leslie Eastman of Legal Insurrection has a great summary of how the media have gone "Tea Party" crazy with the events in Canada. It looks as though the more the drivers are attacked, the more they double down in Ottawa.
The prime minister's problem is that his words don't match the reality on the ground. These drivers are not terrorists, nor a threat to democracy. On the contrary, these are people who feel that government is not listening to them.
What if P.M. Trudeau had sat down with some drivers, listened to them, and shown some respect? Maybe this whole thing could have settled in an orderly fashion.
Don't expect a quick resolution to the situation up north. You can blame P.M. Trudeau for pouring gasoline on the fire and a media establishment that thinks every critic is a threat to democracy.
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Image: 2017 Canada Summer Games.