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LILLEY: Trudeau does everything he accuses his opponents of doing – Toronto Sun

PM can’t warn anyone not to use fear or division — they are and always have been his bread and butter.

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Sep 13, 2022  •  5 hours ago  •  3 minute read  •  94 Comments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, makes a speech as Liberal MPs looks on, during the Liberal summer caucus retreat in St. Andrews, N.B. on Monday, September 12, 2022.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, makes a speech as Liberal MPs looks on, during the Liberal summer caucus retreat in St. Andrews, N.B. on Monday, September 12, 2022. Photo by Darren Calabrese /THE CANADIAN PRESS

The old adage is that when you’re pointing your finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you.

Justin Trudeau is the living embodiment of that saying, something he proved again on Monday.

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Trudeau was addressing the Liberal caucus meeting at the resort of St. Andrews by-the-Sea and responding to the election of Pierre Poilievre as Conservative leader.

Multiple times, Trudeau highlighted the need for action on climate change, the need to reduce emissions, to have a NetZero economy. He chastised Conservatives for not doing enough on the issue or believing action is needed.

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“When Conservative politicians say we should fight inflation with more pollution, we’ll remind them that climate change is real,” Trudeau said.

It’s such a concern for Trudeau that he flew his cabinet to Vancouver for a retreat last week, flew back to Ottawa and then on to New Brunswick this week for his caucus retreat. They could have all simply met in the nation’s capital, where they need to gather on Thursday, but that doesn’t meet Trudeau’s jet-setting lifestyle.

He also warned against fear being used in Canadian political discourse instead of hope.

“Now is not the time for politicians to exploit fears and to pit people one against the other,” Trudeau said.

That’s rich coming from the man who regularly uses shootings in the United States to push new gun laws here while doing nothing about crime. It’s rich from the man who spreads fear that if Conservatives are elected, abortion will be outlawed despite Poilievre saying that’s not something he will do and the 10-year track record of the Harper government.

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Trudeau has record of division

As for pitting people one against the other, Trudeau won the election last fall by exploiting fears over COVID-19 and a new wave rising in Alberta. He campaigned in the suburbs of Vancouver and Toronto warning voters that unless he was returned to office, what was happening in Alberta would come to them.

“A decision was made to wedge, to divide and to stigmatize,” Liberal MP Joel Lightbound said earlier this year. “I fear that this politicization of the pandemic risks undermining the public’s trust in our public health institutions

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Trudeau can’t warn anyone not to use fear or division — they are and always have been his bread and butter. It’s effective politics, it wins elections, but it is bad for the soul and fabric of the country.

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As for Trudeau’s warning of reckless economic policies from Poilievre, it was Trudeau who told us last year that he doesn’t think about monetary policy. He had been asked if he would renew the Bank of Canada’s mandate to keep inflation in check when he gave that flip answer, claiming that instead of thinking about monetary policy, he thinks about families.

As I wrote at the time, ignoring monetary policy would hurt families because it would allow inflation to go unchecked, making life less affordable. When Trudeau made those comments, inflation was at 4.7%, it hit 8.1% two months ago before dropping down to 7.6%, and is expected to remain high well into next year.

Families have faced skyrocketing food, housing and energy costs for more than a year and the reaction from Trudeau hasn’t gone past that shrug of the shoulders, his smirk and glib answer.

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His government has been warned by top bank economists that they are adding to inflation with high levels of government spending, but they have refused to control that spending and instead are talking about responding to inflation with more spending. Last week, the Bank of Montreal warned that more spending would make things worse, while CIBC warned of the government setting an “inflationary fire.

And Trudeau wants to talk about reckless policies?

Politics is about comparing and contrasting policies and personalities, there will always be conflict, but when Trudeau warns you that his opponent is dangerous, reckless or worse, take a moment to look at the three fingers he has pointing back at his own record.