Well this morning we have yet another poll predicting what I have been saying all along, Trudeau as Liberal Leader will win.
According to a Forum Research poll conducted for National Post a Trudeau led Liberal Party would win 160 seats, a majority government by today’s seat count.
That is if an election were held today.
Of course this is a poll done three years before the next election. It’s not the first to show Trudeau would win and it won’t be the last.
It is also a poll done before Trudeau has even won the Liberal Leadership and before he has been tested and critiqued by professional political machines like those run by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Tom Mulcair’s NDP.
In addition to the poll that came out this morning there was also an op-ed from Trudeau. It was published in English in the Toronto Star and in French it was published in LaPresse.
Despite spending nearly 900 words waxing poetic about the fall of Canada’s middle class, Trudeau doesn’t offer any concrete solutions to stagnating incomes. He simply says this is a problem that needs fixing.
I do want to point out briefly that Trudeau does say one thing in English that he doesn’t say in French. It’s a small thing but an important one.
In English Trudeau states, “I have nothing against wealth; I believe that government has a role to play in creating it by supporting pro-growth policies.”
He omits that part in French. In French he drops the part where he says, “I have nothing against wealth.”
Why would he do that? Because he feels in Quebec he has to play for the harder left vote while in English Canada he must at least pretend to care about capitalism, the free market and the ability for people to do well for themselves.
But when you read Trudeau’s whole op-ed you get the feeling that this one small line really means nothing. Throughout his editorial Trudeau pushes the idea that government creates wealth, that government action will make the middle class thrive again.
Let me share some stats with you.
In 1961 the average family income was about $5,000. The average family tax bill, taking into account all taxes such as income, sales tax and property taxes was $1,675 for the year.
In 2011 the average family income in Canada was $74,233 and the average tax bill was $30,792.
In 1961 families spent 33.5% of their total income on taxes of all sorts. In 2011 families spent 41.5% of their income on taxes.
Families now spend more on taxes than they do on food, shelter and clothing. It is the largest budget line item for families.
The tax take in this country has risen dramatically and the question is why?
Because of the big government, progressive policies started by Trudeau’s father, Lester Pearson before him and carried on by every government since.
Yet attempts to scale back on big government at the federal level is what Trudeau rails against. He sees reductions in government spending, in scaling back the government take of your income, as a bad thing because while he won’t say it, like all progressives, he thinks he can spend your money and run your life better than you can.
So let’s summarize what we know about Trudeau from the past two days.
He wants to help the middle class by growing government, which will mean a rise in taxes even though taxes may be the very thing that is killing off the middle class.
He is surrounded by extreme greenies like Gerald Butts who we told you about yesterday. Butts brags that he brought Ontario the green policies of the McGuinty government – higher electrical bills, unaffordable solar projects, illegal eco-taxes and the greenbelt land grab around Toronto that is helping to make housing unaffordable in the Toronto area.
He also has Katie Telford and Mike McNair on his team, two people responsible for Stephane Dion’s green shift – the carbon tax on everything.
And of course we have his brother Sacha, the man who sees the decline of the West as “simulating” who sings the praises of Fidel Castro, a man that oppressed his own people for decades while jailing and killing opponents and of course Sacha also partnered with Press TV, the broadcaster funded by Mahmoud Amadinejad – together with Al Jazeera and CBC, they made a movie saying Iran is all about peace and Israel and the US are the problems.
This is team Trudeau folks and judging by the poll, this is Canada’s future.
And that’s the Byline.