This Time, Canada’s Prime Minister Takes A ‘Family Vacation’ on our Country’s ’very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 2nd, 2021 on Niagara At Large
If there is any lingering doubt that a federal election Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called this past August and that most Canadians did not want is over, Trudeau’s true itinerary this past September 30th – Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. – should put any doubt to rest.
Trudeau may by now have a proven record of failing to fully follow up on nice words he utters on election reform, climate change and a host of other issues, but if the federal election were still on, even he would not have been stupid enough to skip this most solemn of days for Canada’s indigenous peoples for what so many media outlets have described as a “few days of vacation.
Yet while communities in our Niagara region and across the country were holding ceremonies in honour of the victims of Canada’s notorious residential schools, and while my family, along with so many others, had our television on to live coverage of the moving ceremonies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, there were images of Trudeau and his wife Sophie walking the beaches of scenic Tofino, British Columbia where they were vacationing with their family.
Shamefully, Trudeau did not even manage to make a pit stop in Kamloops, BC where indigenous leaders were hosting a ceremony at the site of unmarked graves for some 215 indigenous children who never made it home from these God-awful “schools” or whatever else one chooses to call these concentration camps.
Since news of discovery of the graves at that site this spring – news that sent shock waves across the country – Trudeau has yet to pay a visit there, something I could never imagine U.S. President Joe Biden (who has been so good about taking the time to show up and comfort people in pain, even if it means cancelling something else on his schedule) doing.
Now we hear that Trudeau might show up at that site sometime later, to which many may say – TOO LATE!
In a piece Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert wrote about Trudeau’s latest mis-adventure (and keep in mind while you read this that The Toronto Star has had a long history of cutting Liberals a good deal of slack), she wrote – “His (Trudeau’s) contribution to (Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
While Canadians across the country were attending ceremonies and marches designed to mark the occasion, Trudeau skipped town to join his family in Tofino. …The only prime ministerial sighting on Thursday (September 30th) featured a beach. On just about any other day, few would quarrel with the notion that Trudeau is entitled to some down time.”
My response to Chantal’s observation’s is this.
This Trudeau, unlike his father who was Prime Minister some time ago, has not nearly as much intellect and moxy to get things done as Pierre Elliot Trudeau did.
Since Justin Trudeau first became Canada’s prime minister in 2015, he has over and over again shoveled us with all kinds of good words when it comes to issues like affordable day care, affordable housing, climate change, making things right with indigenous peoples, etc., etc., with little or no real, tangible follow up.
Instead, he comes across as a pampered little pretty boy and rich kid, and someone who actually believes that saying the right thing is enough to fool us into believing he is going to follow through.
This latest idiocy around taking a vacation on a day when he should have been there as a national leader, sending out a message that is meaningful and inspiring, simply proves that his Liberal Party must seriously think about dumping him as our country’s leader as soon as possible.
It confirms that he is not going to fulfill any of his promises on climate and other challenges facing out country either.
How much longer does Canada have to put up with this poor excuse for a leader, playing around in a sand box like a six-year old.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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