Saturday, December 09, 2023

Getting Nastier

As Conservatives rise in the polls, their nasty streak gets wider. Susan Delacourt writes:

The fierce polarization between the governing Liberals and opposition Conservatives has put Canada’s support for Ukraine in the crosshairs — puzzlingly so, since Conservatives have not until lately shown any sign of wavering on that all-party support.

But to the surprise of many, Conservatives voted together late last month against a bill to implement a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and his team insisted they didn’t object to trade with Ukraine, in practice or in principle -- they just didn’t like the way the agreement includes words promoting carbon pricing.

The Poilievre Party is sounding more and more like Republicans:

Day after day, Justin Trudeau and key cabinet members have been sending up flares over what they see as Republican-influenced backtracking on Ukraine by Canadian Conservatives.

“We owe it to the people of Ukraine to support them today and not betray Ukraine as the Conservatives have done,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is herself a proud Ukrainian-Canadian, said in the House this week.

Again, though, in their crusade against the "carbon tax," the Conservatives took another poke at Ukraine this week. Canada’s Parliament was plunged into an all-night voting marathon on Thursday as Poilievre vowed that Conservatives would hold up all business with “thousands” of amendments and motions.

At around 5 a.m. on Friday, the House was asked to vote on an item in the supplementary estimates to finance what’s known as Operation Unifier, Canada’s mission to provide training to Ukrainian forces. One by one, in the House and virtually, Conservatives voted “nay.”

Liberals and New Democrats flooded social media with incredulous outrage.

Heather McPherson, the New Democrats’ critic for foreign affairs, said this on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter:

“Unbelievably, the Conservative Party has voted against support for Ukraine AGAIN! The Conservatives are hoping no one notices that early this morning they voted against $500 M to support the delivery of equipment and services to Ukraine in the defence of its sovereignty. Shame!” 

The country is tired of Justin Trudeau. But replacing him with Poilievre would be a grave mistake.

Image: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press


Anonymous said...

If we don't support Ukraine now, we will regret it in the future.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to initial my last comment.


Owen Gray said...

I totally agree, GDN.

Cap said...

The Cons seem to be taking their Ukrainian-Canadian supporters on the Prairies very much for granted. I hope that bites them in the next election, but I suspect they've already gamed that out.

Owen Gray said...

Anger isn't a strategy, Cap. I suspect the Conservatives believe that all they need to win is anger.

Anonymous said...

The elections of Mussolini, Hitler, Trump, and to a degree, Harper and Gone off the Rails Smith, were fueled by anger. DJF

Owen Gray said...

Anger can indeed get you elected, DJF. But the results are never for the better.