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SNOBELEN: Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s Donald Trump – Toronto Sun

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John Snobelen

Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, responds to questions after a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, responds to questions after a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Photo by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Entering the murky regions of political life will teach you a thing or two about yourself. But only if you want to learn.

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Some of those things – like your own prejudices and preconceptions – aren’t particularly fun to encounter. Everyone likes to think prejudice is someone else’s problem.

And then there is the moral compass thing. Ethics is doing the right thing even when everyone is cheering on the wrong.

My pre-politics world was smaller than my post-politics world. I admired loyalty, grit and courage above all. My world divided into people who had the character to be there in the hard times and the fair-weather types who wilted when the going got tough.

It always seemed the folks with the highest natural need for comfort were never around when hay needed to be put up or something had to be repaired at minus-20.

I can validate that prejudice all day long. In fact, I have. Trouble is, in politics you need help from people who don’t fit your preconceived notions of what good character means.

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At some point, even hardheads start to get the message that there is more than one kind of grit. Challenging ideas, particularly your own, can be just as taxing as big wind and deep cold.

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But that realization alone does not provide freedom from preconceived notions, particularly when those perceptions are reinforced by the crowd you hang with. It’s always easier to believe that folks who share your vantage point are right and everyone else is some combination of misguided, weak or evil.

In politics, those preconceived notions cover vast swaths of people. Dippers are airheads who never feel compelled to ground their lofty ideas with a smidgen of reality. Liberals are like dead skunks and white lines – stuck in the middle of the road. And Conservatives are basically the Taliban in suits.

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Those are easy narratives, and like all easy narratives, they are wrong. Oddly enough, some otherwise worldly folks actually believe them.

Political life can be a mirror reflecting your biases back at you. Some use that mirror to broaden their perspective, most close it down. Down is easier.

Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland has clearly chosen the easy path. She is heading down with a vengeance.

Last week Freeland posted an “edited” video that apparently showed Conservative leader Erin O’Toole damning public health care. Freeland feigned shock at this attack on vulnerable Canadians who need health care. Gosh, the Conservatives really are evil.

Trouble is it was all contrived (an enlightened word for B.S.). Turns out O’Toole actually said he highly values the public health system and “universal access remains paramount.”

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Go figure. It might actually be possible that the guy is pro-life too.

The point here is that Freeland has been around long enough to know the difference between a fib and a lie. She headed straight to the lie.

I’m pretty sure Freeland does not see herself as morally deficient as the self-declared woke rarely do. But in this campaign, she has become Canada’s version of Donald Trump. Just like the Donald, Freeland finds truth and honesty an unnecessary burden.

When the election is over, Freeland will have lots of time to consider what “manipulating” a video says about her. That won’t be a comfortable examination.

There are not many things lower than manipulating, outright lying and fear-mongering. But that’s where Freeland is. Gosh, this being woke stuff is hard.

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