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Justin Trudeau Isn’t As Progressive As You Think

Nearly one year and five months after the 2015 Canadian federal election, Justin Trudeau’s government may have reached its final straw, at least among progressives.

After months of promising, both on the campaign trail and in House, to change the way Canadians vote, the Canadian prime minister dropped another campaign promise by modifying his new Minister of Democratic Institutions’ mandate.

The Twitter backlash to Trudeau’s decision was fierce. #CdnPoli and #ERRE streams swelled with activity that same day, filled with disappointed and frustrated sentiment. One individual even went as far as cutting his Liberal Party membership card in half, citing the betrayal of “Progressive Canadians.”

The promise break comes at a critical moment for Trudeau, following controversial pipeline approvalsa cash-for-access scandal and the sale of Canadian-made light armored vehicles to known human rights violator Saudi Arabia.

The latter decision, a kick in the face to Canadian human rights advocates, came as a surprise for some. The deal, initially given the OK by the preceding Conservative government and approved by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, contradicts everything Canadians stand for. Saudi Arabia has an atrocious human rights record, routinely quelling uprisings, oppressing women, jailing political activists and beheading or lashing them in public squares. The Saudi military and National Guard, whose main objective is to secure the dominance of the royal family, used LAVs to shut down peaceful protests in Bahrain in 2011.

While progressive Americans faced with a Trump presidency are lauding Trudeau and his publicized left-leaning stances, a majority of Canadians are losing confidence in the true progressive substance of their government.  While Trudeau has earned the respect of many for admitting thousands of refugees and promoting human rights rhetorically, now, more than ever, is the time for intellectual and political integrity. It is time to call out the ones we cheered for when they’re wrong.

Pablo Mhanna

Pablo is a 17-year-old high school student from Ottawa, Canada. Passionate about international affairs and Canadian politics, he spends his free time reading, writing, enjoying memes and calling out Western imperialism.

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Pablo Mhanna

Pablo is a 17-year-old high school student from Ottawa, Canada. Passionate about international affairs and Canadian politics, he spends his free time reading, writing, enjoying memes and calling out Western imperialism.

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  1. Islandcynic

    February 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Don’t hold your breath waiting Pablo. The sooner you figure out that the Liberals are Bay St puppets the sooner you kill the pain of betrayal.

    Look behind the spin is the best advice I have for you. The evidence was there before the election.

  2. GregH

    March 10, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I had reservations but felt like many Green Progressives that I had no choice this time but to vote strategically and hope … hope hope hope. But alas … Honestly, I never thought that I would so soon and so resoundingly experience disappointment. Profound disappointment. At least I thank you for that half-man justin. Your policies on multiple Progressives issues have been so contrary to your lip service and posturing that even half-wits can see you now for what you truly are. You will never get a majority again — no chance of that — even the conservatives you hope to win over to replace your Progressive Green and NDP supporters don’t want you for your fiscal irresponsibilities. You have sealed your fate politically, even now, early in your little king’s reign.

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