Thursday, December 16, 2010

The damage done by trudeau

As well as doing a lot of damage to Canada, pet also seems to have caused a great deal of damage to the grits, mostly by damaging the grit brand in the west and Quebec. trudeau was a terrible pm and a nasty, arrogant man.


While Trudeau's policies undermined national unity and scorched Liberal fortunes in the West and Quebec for the past generation, he did not similarly offend voters in other parts of Canada. In fact, over the past eight elections Liberals have done better in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland than when Trudeau was leader. While Trudeau took 41 per cent of the vote in Ontario, his successors won 43 per cent of their votes. Had it just been Trudeau's style and personality that offended voters, rather than his policies, then the animosity towards Liberals that followed would not be so regionalized or sustained.

Pierre Trudeau has done to Liberal fortunes in Quebec what Robert Borden did for the Tories. When Borden's government introduced conscription during the First World War, he said that conscription "would kill Quebec ministers and the party for 25 years." This estimate was on the low side since it took more than 65 years before the Tories would hold Quebec over consecutive elections.


2 comments:

Brian Busby said...

"trudeau [sic] was a terrible pm [sic] and a nasty, arrogant man", you say. Well, we all have our opinions. That said, Mr Plamondon's appear to be warped by a multitude of errors.

When, I wonder, did Pierre Trudeau take "41 per cent in Ontario"? I guess Mr Plamondon is referring to the 1980 federal election, his last as Liberal leader, when the party's vote in that province amounted to 41.9%. Or is he referring to the election of 1979 when the Grits received 41.8% in Ontario? Must be one of those two - though it is odd that Mr Plamondon would round down - clearly he's not referring to the elections of 1968 and 1974, when Ontario's vote for Mr Trudeau's Liberals amounted to 46.2% and 45.1% respectively.

This selective use of facts and figures doesn't quite seem fair, but let's continue. Mr Plamondon claims: "While Trudeau took 41 per cent of the vote in Ontario, his successors won 43 per cent of their votes."

His "successors"? Not John Turner, the next in line, who in 1984 followed Mr Trudeau's 1980 41.9% Ontario showing with 29.8%... and in 1988 managed only 38.9%. That said, Mr Chr├ętien did well, besting Mr Trudeau's record (46.2%) in two of his three elections as Liberal leader. Oh, but then we have messrs Martin and Dion and their weak to abysmal records in Ontario. It was 33.8% in the latter man's case. Sad, really.

"In fact, over the past eight elections Liberals have done better in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland than when Trudeau was leader", claims Mr Plamondon. Again, this is untrue. Mr Turner's first election was a disaster, even when compared to Mr Trudeau at his worst. The other seven elections are a bit of a mixed bag - some better than Mr Trudeau's weaker showings, some not. Just one example: the worst showing the Liberals had in Nova Scotia under Mr Trudeau, 35.8% (1979), was a good deal better than the 28.4% experienced under Mr Mr Chr├ętien in 1997.

Facts can be inconvenient, I suppose.

Sean M said...

"Liberals" don't want to admit it, but Trudeau was the worst thing that has ever happened to Canada, and the "Liberal" party. Trudeau was a polorizing figure who did more to divide Canada than anyone before or after his reign of error. Trudeau and his divisive policies such as bilingualism and multi cult, along with his indoctrinated, warped, obsession with imposing a French speaking state on an English speaking nation has divided and estranged the nation. The irony of course is that Trudeau was never a Liberal, he simply used that party brand to impose his deranged, warped, and unhinged tribal desires. The darkness of the Trudeau era hangs over Canada like a vulture and haunts the "Liberal" party to this day. The "Liberal" party is not anywhere close to representing real liberal values and is instead a party of cultists and their leader is still the mystique A-hole, actor from Quebec. For "Liberals" to have any relevance within the political sphere in the future they would have to embrace real liberalism, and move away from the distorted, deranged tribalism of the Trudeaupian regimes.

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