A growing number of Canadians are realizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s priorities are increasingly disconnected from reality and the interests of voters.
That’s been helped along by a series of recent bungles, starting with his India trip fiasco.
When Trudeau arrived in India he was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because of his perceived sympathy with Sikh separatists.
Then he dressed up in stereotypical Indian garments to the point of causing offence.
Our PM bungled trade numbers, claiming a $1 billion in new trade contracts with Indian firms when the real number was a quarter of that.
The icing on the cake? Convicted Sikh terrorist Jaspal Atwal, who tried to murder an Indian minister in B.C. in 1896, was invited to a dinner hosted by Trudeau in India.
For an Indian government already concerned Trudeau was too cozy with Sikh extremists this only heightened tensions.
Shortly after Trudeau made it home, he and Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented their social justice budget, which mentioned gender more than 300 times and included an $18-billion deficit but failed the middle class, trade and the economy.
While the Liberals no doubt hoped to score political points with their virtue-signalling preening a Forum Research poll found 40% of Canadians disapproved of the budget and only 17% gave it a thumbs up.
Then came troubling headlines U.S. President Donald Trump plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, which poses a serious blow to Canadian jobs and our economy.
The Liberal response was to call the tariffs “unacceptable.”
Perhaps if Trudeau had been serious about working with Trump on trade instead of lecturing the U.S. about incorporating gender equality, environmental protections and Indigenous rights into NAFTA, and making hollow threats to “pull out” of NAFTA, our PM might have a leg to stand on.
In the middle of all this, a new Ipsos poll shows the Liberals would lose an election were it held now, the first time they’ve lost an opinion poll since assuming office.
What’s clear in all of this is that Trudeau’s broken promises to help the middle class, debt addiction, trade and travel antics reflect a dangerous disconnect with issues that matter to ordinary Canadians.
But it’s not clear our PM cares.