Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats, 1919
After a six-week campaign, marked with nastiness and recriminations, Justin Trudeau was returned to power as Prime Minister with a minority government of 157 Liberal seats – a mere 13 seats short of a majority – to the Tories’ 122 seats, the Bloc Quebecois’ 32 seats, the NDP’s 25 seats, the Green’s 3 seats and the one independent seat held by former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Yet the Trudeau Liberals achieved all this with only 33% of the vote and despite losing the popular vote to the Conservatives by 241,955 votes. And if you can figure out how all that worked, you’re a better mathematician than I am.
Suffice to say The Toronto Star, that money-losing lodestar of Canadian progressive thinking, was thrilled. Its lead editorial praised Canadians as a “sensible” people who by their vote rendered Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada “toast” and confirmed that Canada is “basically a progressive country” where urban voters were not buying what Tory leader Andrew Scheer was selling (think socially conservative values, sort of). Oh, and where the biggest prize of all will be more women than ever in the new House of Commons. Ten more to be precise, renewing Trudeau’s pledge of gender parity in his new caucus with 52 women.
‘A victory for the planet!’
The Washington Post had the last word, however, when it declared Trudeau’s “unexpectedly strong” win a “victory for the planet.” Why, you might ask? Not only did he overcome the string of cringeworthy embarrassments that peppered his first term – such as wearing blackface multiple times and turning his trip to India into a costume party – he suffered no appreciable censure for his two ethics violations as the only PM in Canadian history ever convicted of such offenses. Nor did he pay any price for his interference in the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case. Or for the credible accusations by his attorney general that he unduly pressured her to circumvent the law over charges against SNC-Lavalin. Or for stonewalling all serious inquiries from media and the RCMP to determine the truth. Or for the carbon tax he’s committed to imposing across the country which is already increasing the cost of everything in Canada while simultaneously harming all businesses (small business most severely) and discouraging foreign investment while having no impact whatsoever on reducing so-called greenhouse gases (said to be the cause of ‘climate change’) which many serious scientists (frequently called ‘deniers’) continue to dispute.
Meanwhile, who in Canada is asking why this government – or any government for that matter – would seek to eradicate carbon, an element of the Periodic Table? That alone should convince anyone with even mediocre intelligence that this is either highly destructive lunacy or worse – a total scam.
But as ‘true believers’, Trudeau and his environment minister Catherine McKenna are not listening and will not be listening, as evidenced by Trudeau’s promise on election night to plant two billion trees and to adopt ever more onerous greenhouse emissions goals to net-zero by 2050. All of which means rocketing carbon taxes and consequent bankruptcy for many of those sensible people mentioned above. Plus a steady stream of healthy Canadian businesses such as Calgary-based Encana and its 2000 jobs and near-$6 billion in revenues heading south to the U.S. and elsewhere. Yet this is only one of many Alberta businesses driven from Canada by yet another ideologically-driven Liberal government. If any further proof were needed, look only to the results already seen in Ontario where the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals brought the province close to bankruptcy with their implacable imposition of every bit of green technology on offer, driving countless Ontario businesses south of the border or completely out of business. All on the advice of one Gerald Butts, formerly of the World Wildlife Fund, and senior adviser to Trudeau, Wynne and McGuinty alike.
That’s the money-side of Canada’s ever darkening future.
A darkening future
On the question of the nation’s deteriorating morality, conservative-minded Canadians are deeply unhappy with the election results, as evidenced by Campaign Life’s critique of the Liberals’ re-election: “Under his previous tenure, Justin Trudeau legalized euthanasia, discrimination against Canadians who didn’t adhere to his pro-abortion views, expanded abortion access in Canada, and committed billions of Canadian tax dollars to funding and advocating abortion overseas.” All resulting from the will of the government alone and without a single vote from taxpayers who have never been consulted on any of the above.
Add to that the legalization of cannabis from which no obvious good – but much harm – can and will come.
Plus, Canada now appears to be batting zero with little likelihood that the Trans Mountain pipeline, purchased by the Trudeau government for $4.5 billion and said to be overpriced, will ever be built. Like a pingpong ball, it’s been volleying between promises of breaking ground “soon”, followed predictably by yet another delaying tactic either in court or by yet another bought-and-paid-for protest group.
So what happened? Why did Trudeau’s election defeat – so widely anticipated and prayed for across the country – fail to materialize?
How we got here
The actual election results came as unwelcome news to many Canadians who had blithely assumed that, given his performance over the past four years, Justin Trudeau would be thrown out of office. But that would be to dismiss the Canadian mentality of 2019 which in large part appears to take immense pride in supporting every cultural trend and fad bedevilling this vast land. This vast land the Trudeau Liberals have so divided – via a combination of rank incompetence, mendacity and possible malice – that it now resembles 13 Lego blocks scattered haphazardly across the 49th parallel while Justin Trudeau shouted himself hoarse on election night that re-electing him meant that Canadians rejected negativity and division.
Not that many Canadians shared his effusive spirit of self-congratulation. They did not. In fact, two days later, a poll found that a full 70% of Canadians were unhappy with the election results. Unlike the giddy and spectacularly incurious media which, lubricated by the Trudeau media fund, knew better than to ask too many questions. Questions about why every file in the Foreign Affairs portfolio, from Saudi Arabia to India, the Philippines, China and beyond – is in complete disarray? Or why, without consulting taypayers, the prime minister made the following pledges:
*$241 million to Family Planning (read abortion) around the world including $20 million to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation, while accusing Canadian veterans of asking too much;
*$2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit;
*$650 million to Sexual and Reproductive Health in Haiti and around the globe for ‘safer’ abortions for women while many Canadian women are left without a family doctor;
*$600 million media bailout at taxpayer expense creating a massive financial incentive for the media to keep the Trudeau Liberals in power with a ‘wink-wink’ chance these funds won’t influence the reporting.
*$4.5 billion paid for the drastically needed pipeline mentioned above.
Yet these are just a few examples of Trudeau profligacy. In recent months and years, ever more reports have emerged regarding the rising toll of his government’s anti-energy industry policies, all of which have been causing serious damage to Canada’s economy and the TSX. And prompting former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Frank McKenna to note that in the past seven years alone, Canada has lost $117 billion because of its inability to get more oil to market. In addition, Canada is expected to lose $10.7 billion this year alone, rejecting God’s bounty while further beggaring the economy.
The ‘why’ of WEXIT
Perhaps the above explains why the Trudeau Liberals did not win a single seat in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It may also explain renewed talk of a ‘Wexit’ – the secession of Western provinces – while the government runs ever higher deficits by spending money Canada doesn’t have, often on spurious projects with no chance of enriching or even refilling the coffers. And guess what? The media seems just fine with all this! Suggesting that such financial emoluments – bankrolled by Canadian taxpayers – are indeed powerful incentives for media to remain compliant to the wishes of their ideological and financial masters. Which also means that Canadians are not being fully or properly informed about what’s really going on behind the scenes in the prime minister’s office. All this while the power and efficacy of their vote is being neutered by their no longer being as informed as they need to be or as they once were.
Which means that in our deteriorating democracy, all the above spells eventual ruin.
Nor does it appear likely that Trudeau and his cronies will be ever be seriously challenged on implementing the future they have in mind for Canada as the world’s “first post-national state”, a condition he has never explained. What did he mean? And where will it take this country?
Not that the media will ask. They will not. Nor are they likely to ask questions about how much foreign funding went into this election campaign compared to 2015 when it was revealed, after the fact, that a total of 114 third parties poured $6 million into influencing the election outcome and many of those third parties were funded by the U.S.-based Tides Foundation which is known in Canada for holding numerous anti-oil campaigns and for being bankrolled by none other than George Soros.
As the Calgary Herald reported in 2017, all this deviousness occurred despite the fact that the Canada Elections Act states that “a third party shall not circumvent, or attempt to circumvent, a limit set out . . . in any manner, including by splitting itself into two or more third parties for the purpose of circumventing the limit or acting in collusion with another third party so that their combined election advertising expenses exceed the limit.”
Yet no serious objections were raised, prompting the question: was this pattern repeated during this latest campaign, due to lack of scrutiny or opposition?
No, I don’t read tea leaves. But I do know this: Regardless of the circumstances and the lies often told to hide the truth surrounding any aspect of government, God’s law is absolute. Break His commandments and your future is suffering and death. And often with much violence in between. History is littered with examples of how absolutely true this is. Particularly in the matter of abortion which Trudeau supports savagely and without explanation. And he does it in the only country in the world with no abortion law whatsoever. Yet as his vehemence about abortion in the name of ‘women’s rights’ remains unaltered and unchallenged in the broader population, violence has been increasing exponentially and everywhere in formerly ‘safe’ Canada where in big cities such as Toronto, there’s a shooting or two almost every night of the week. Many are fatal. And, as a coda, one or more pedestrians are also being mowed down almost daily by drivers who may be impaired though, notably, the nature of the intoxicant (which may be cannabis, legalized by Trudeau) is rarely revealed.
And in the more spiritual realm the picture becomes darker still. Last month there was a report of relics stolen from a reliquary in the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame de Quebec in Quebec City by a still unknown suspect who entered the cathedral by breaking a window. Some of the native Canadian saints and blesseds whose relics were contained in the stolen reliquary include St. François de Laval, Saint André of Montreal, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. The reliquary also contained relics from three of the eight North American martyrs – Fr. Jean de Brébeuf, Fr. Charles Garnier, and Fr. Gabriel Lalemant – French Jesuit missionaries killed by tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. In addition, the thief stole some items from the church’s gift shop. For what purpose? And are we to assume there is no connection whatsoever – either spiritual or material – among any or all of these unholy events that, not that long ago, would have been inconceivable?
So again on abortion which has become Trudeau’s mantra …. Why? Who is fulfilling what promise to whom?
Don’t blame Scheer
Oh. yes, Andrew Scheer has been widely criticized for failing to dethrone Trudeau from the PMO. The theory is that a stronger candidate could have won by declaring Canadian “values” louder than his opponents. Really? By declaring his socially conservative and Catholic belief in the sinfulness of abortion? Et al? I doubt it. Even Scheer, as a Catholic, fully understood that to make such a declaration would have triggered an avalanche of media abuse and social media persecution, though many would have loved to see him try.
No. To assign blame for the continuance of Trudeau’s power, look to the Canadian voter. Scheer and his Tories lost because, like all the other parties, they remain in the politically-compromised moral weeds and no block of right-minded voters is big enough to pull them out. Hence Canada’s ominous direction wherein preborn babies continue to die in the hundreds and thousands in Canada and elsewhere, funded by Canadian dollars. As will more elderly Canadians soon be doomed if Trudeau carries out his threat to broaden his euthanasia law ever wider, heedless of the biblical warning of Jesus Christ: “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck than to be the downfall of a single of these little ones. Keep watch on yourselves.” (Luke 17:2)
Has Ottawa heard that warning recently? Apparently not. At least not in the past four years as Justin Trudeau and his administration have pushed and promoted every form of social degradation, moral degeneracy and fiscal destruction they could get away with in the name of ‘enlightened’ progressivism, turning Canada into a developing national disaster area with regions alienated from one another and from Ottawa as well. Does Trudeau understand that when the social fabric of Canadian society has been irreparably torn, the country will have passed the point of no return? And if so, is that okay with him?
Bottom line: Whether the latest Canadian election was valid or rigged, we face a critical problem – of our own making – and leading in one direction: suffering and collapse. Once culturally approved wrong-doing reaches critical mass among a majority of citizens brainwashed by cultural Marxism to accept all manner of ignoble depravity and deviance, your country is over. Why? Because the majority of voters have chosen to opt out of the Biblically prescribed social contract of two millennia of civilization which insists on a life-affirming, truth-telling, injustice-intolerant morality if that nation is to grow and prosper.
Did Canadian soldiers die for this?
And though the nation as it once was may not collapse tomorrow or even next year, the timbers that once supported it are gradually disintegrating so that eventually this house will not stand. And confusion, chaos, lawlessness and real deprivation will take over and rule.
A final question: What would John McCrae think of Canada today, just over a century after he penned his immortal poem In Flanders Fields? Where the poppies grow between the crosses row on row? It was after presiding over the funeral of a fellow soldier who died in the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915 during World War I that Lt. Colonel McCrae, a Canadian physician, was inspired to write the poem first published in December of that year in the London magazine Punch. From among those now famous lines read:
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.
When faced with these parting lines, would today’s Canadian be found faithless?