September 9, 2021
Week four of the 2021 election campaign beckons — and, for Justin Trudeau, possible defeat.
You don’t need to read virtually every poll to know that Trudeau’s Liberals are behind, and Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives are ahead.
You just need to consider the past week on the Grit campaign trail. It hasn’t been pretty.
Aug. 31: Justin Trudeau defends Liberal candidate Raj Saini, who was accused by multiple former staffers of sexual misconduct, harassment, and workplace violence. Saini was a mentor to former Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara, who was also accused of sexual harassment. And, um, charged with break-and-enter, assault and criminal harassment by police in an unrelated case. Trudeau says he’s a “feminist.” Really, he says that.
Aug. 31: Statistics Canada reports a contraction in Canada’s economy — a sign the country’s post-pandemic recovery may take a lot longer than Trudeau had proclaimed. In other news, the budget remains unbalanced and water is still wet.
Aug. 31: Financial analysts bash Trudeau’s proposed tax hikes for banks, arguing that the decision is likely to further drive up the cost of buying a home across the country. Nobody likes the banks, but they like being homeless even less.
Aug. 31: Trudeau fails again — and the consequences are serious. This time, the Liberal leader is no longer willing to provide a target date for his long-ago solemn promise of ending boil water advisories in Indigenous communities. Shameful.
Aug. 31: Blacklock’s, a peppy news service, reports that Liberal candidate Steven Guilbeault owes thousands in back taxes — despite his whopping $275,000 yearly salary. Guilbeault refuses to say if his ministerial paycheque is getting docked for “the five-figure arrears.”
"Anyone who profits from the system must contribute": @S_Guilbeault admits he owes taxes, won't say if $275K salary is being deducted for 5-figure arrears. https://t.co/4thoTxzESj #cdnpoli @EthicsCanada pic.twitter.com/7FxrPMxzWr
— Blacklock's Reporter (@mindingottawa) August 31, 2021
Aug. 31: Liberals are running — and again defending — Jamie Battiste as a candidate. Battiste was caught spewing racism and misogyny on Twitter. Trudeau welcomed him as a candidate anyway.
Aug. 31: Disgraced Vancouver Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed refuses to answer questions about how many times he applied the principal residence tax exemption while flipping over 40 houses in the last 17 years. The Trudeau Liberal platform, meanwhile, says it will ban the very thing their “star” candidate has done dozens of times.”
Vancouver Granville Liberal candidate dodges questions on principal residence tax exemption use on 40+ home sales: https://t.co/VLaNhmPSZx #cdnpoli #VanRE #Elxn44
— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) August 31, 2021
Aug. 31: During an all-candidates meeting in Toronto Centre, Liberal candidate and incumbent Marci Ien refuses to defend her party’s shameful policy on restrictions for gay men donating blood. Kudos to Marci for telling the truth.
Septe. 1: The Globe and Mail reports that Kevin Vuong, the Grits’ star candidate in Spadina-Fort York, is facing a $1.5 million lawsuit after allegedly forcing out a business partner from a facemask business that he opened during the pandemic. The suit was filed late last year — and the Liberal Party knew all about it. They welcomed his candidacy anyway.
Sept. 1: Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, who we at The Sun mostly regard as a saint, condemns the Liberal Party’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against Raj Saini: “Anyone who has a responsibility to address this and does not is not fit to lead. Anyone who stands by and does nothing is complicit. Anyone who is surprised has not been paying attention.
Anyone who has a responsibility to address this and does not is not fit to lead. Anyone who stands by and does nothing is complicit. Anyone who is surprised has not been paying attention. #cdnpoli #elxn44 #metoo https://t.co/qC0jM9ag96
— Jody Wilson-Raybould 王州迪 Vancouver Granville (@Puglaas) September 1, 2021
Sept. 1: If a policy tree falls in the policy forest and no one hears it, did it actually happen? The Liberal Party finally release a “platform” — but the announcement is drowned out by angry demands that Trudeau retract his support for alleged pervert Raj Saini.
Sept. 1: Trudeau’s platform includes lots of new spending — but, typically, no way to pay for it. Asked if Canada will ever have a balanced budget, Trudeau gives a Trudeauesque shrug.
Sept. 1: Blacklocks reports on an audit that reveals the Ministry of Indigenous Services spent billions on new First Nations water plants — without first bothering to see if they have managers who can actually run them. Indigenous leaders are incensed.
AUDIT shows @Min_IndServ dep't spent billions on new #FirstNations water plants without ensuring they had managers to run them . https://t.co/bq3YvUPL3m #cdnpoli @MarcMillerVM @GCIndigenous pic.twitter.com/bUTocM9qSr
— Blacklock's Reporter (@mindingottawa) September 1, 2021
Sept. 2: An Angus Reid survey finds only 31% of Canadians want the Liberals to govern again. More concerning for the Grits, only “52% of current Liberal voters say they would like to see the LPC form a majority. Ouch.
Sept. 2: University of New Brunswick law professor Kerri Froc describes the Liberal Party’s campaign promise on abortion access as “a nothingburger,” as it is unlikely to improve access to reproductive healthcare in New Brunswick. This, after the Liberals spent weeks attacking the Conservatives on the same issue.
Sept. 2: During the TVA leaders’ debates, Trudeau hints that if he doesn’t get a majority Canadians will be back at the polls in 18 months. Please God, no! Aiiiieee!
Sept. 2: An internal PMO memo shows ex-Liberal MP Frank Baylis’ firm had been in contact with government officials about fat federal contracts — contrary to testimony at the House of Commons Ethics Committee.
Ex-MP’s Firm Was Directly Involved, Says PMO Memo:
Warned to “personally recuse himself”. Contradicts testimony at Commons #ethics committee. https://t.co/7E8NmpgasH @frankbaylis @BaylisMedical @CanadianPM @ISED_CA #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rwoYJSmTei
— Holly Doan (@hollyanndoan) September 2, 2021
Sept. 3: Asked about his decision to allow Raj Saini to remain on the ballot, Trudeau responds with some word salad about the importance of safe workplaces and claims it would be inappropriate to comment on the case. Right.
Reporter, calling back to a previous ducked question on why Raj Saini is still running, questioning the ‘rigorous process’
Trudeau: It’s inappropriate to answer your question, but the rigorous processes that allowed us to ignore his accusers are, in fact, quite rigorous pic.twitter.com/nMgvXQ5B1U
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) September 3, 2021
Sept. 3: After weeks of chirping at conservative-rules provinces for failing to implement vaccine passports, Trudeau admits — um, er — that a federal passport might not be available until next year.
Asked when a federal vaccine passport will be ready for international travel to countries that require proof of vax, Trudeau speaks about provincial passports and then adds that in the coming months or in the next year a federal system may be ready. #cdnpoli #Elxn44 pic.twitter.com/Bmcbj9edZe
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) September 3, 2021
Sept. 4: Raj Saini announces the end of his candidacy — and continues to deny and dismiss the pain of multiple former employees. Trudeau later complains he’s now down a candidate, saying it’s “far from ideal.” So are Saini and Trudeau.
#BREAKING: Liberal Raj Saini announces he is no longer running in the federal election – “For everyone’s health and safety I have taken the painful decision to end my campaign for the 44th Parliament.” #cdnpoli
— Laura Stone (@l_stone) September 4, 2021
When asked about his candidate who stepped down after sexual misconduct allegations, Trudeau expresses frustrations that they no longer have a candidate in that riding. pic.twitter.com/NMbCw1j2F0
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 5, 2021
Sept. 6: Justin Trudeau campaigns in a hospital — maskless, in some photos. Trudeau’s personal photographer, who captured the visit, deletes his Twitter account shortly afterwards. We’re sure it’s a mere coincidence.
@AdamScotti has locked his account because Trudeau was getting blow back for campaigning in a hospital in the 4th wave.
How many weren't able to visit loved ones in the hospital? How many times has the Trudeau campaign broken covid rules now?
Rules for thee, not for me… pic.twitter.com/6q7FO0ktHa
— Jonny Bowhunter (@BowhunterJonny) September 6, 2021
Sept. 7: Media report that federal scientists refused to speak with doctors on pandemic planning due to the early election called by Justin Trudeau. Disgraceful.
Federal scientists refused to speak with doctors on pandemic planning “in light of the election,” says Canadian Medical Association Journal @CMAJ. Public Health Agency & @CPHO_Canada said “check back after Thanksgiving.” https://t.co/x6Z8zJbVEh #NACI @GovCanHealth #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/W1W7MXsyiW
— Holly Doan (@hollyanndoan) September 7, 2021
Sept. 7: Liberal candidate Irene Walker spits some venom on Twitter — and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul condemns the tweet for being anti-Semitic, misogynistic and racist. Walker claims she apologized. Paul says she didn’t get one.
Liberal candidate’s “Jew” insult on Twitter was online hate, says @CanadianGreens Leader @AnnamiePaul. “I have been constantly attacked.” https://t.co/sqh2GI9tXI @RNretiree #cdnpoli #Elxn44 pic.twitter.com/bXikKl3V2t
— Holly Doan (@hollyanndoan) September 7, 2021
Sept. 7: When asked “who did more to lose your vote during the TVA debate?” in a poll by Liberal-friendly pollster Abacus Data, 30% selected Trudeau — the highest of any federal party leader.
'Who did more to lose your vote during the TVA debate?'
Abacus Data / September 6, 2021 / n=606 / Online https://t.co/1Q6eW7qhZq
— Polling Canada (@CanadianPolling) September 7, 2021
Justin Trudeau is running out of time. What will he do to save his campaign?
Stay tuned, Canada!