Canada shoots itself in the foot
It’s a shame that Justin Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, led the Liberals to victory in Canada’s general election this week. The election deposed the Conservatives, who have been in power since 2006. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been plagued with scandals, however, which probably contributed to his party’s defeat. The Conservatives kept a balanced budget while helping to fight Muslim terrorists at home and overseas, but the recent economic recession in Canada helped tip the voters in favor of the Liberals.
Trudeau promises to do the usual laundry-list of socialist things: be nicer to terrorists, embrace Islam and invite more Muslims into Canada, stop fighting the war on terror, increase deficit spending, tax the rich more heavily, impose more gun control, and legalize marijuana. About the only positive thing he wants to do is build the Keystone XL pipeline to move Canadian oil to the US Gulf Coast, and that won’t happen until the Democrats are deposed in the United States in 2016.
Most everything Trudeau wants to do is bad, in my opinion, especially deficit spending. Japan has tried it for more than two decades. America has been doing it for the last eight years. It hasn’t worked in either case; it only drives the economy into deeper, more intractable stagnation. Canada is already in a recession, so deficit spending isn’t going to help, it’s only going to hurt Canada more.
But the Canadians will find out the hard way.