2018 a Year of Failure for Justin Trudeau
As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to highlight Justin Trudeau’s many failures over the last 12 months.
Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax fails to address the environment and only makes life more expensive. He has cut a special carbon tax side deal with Canada’s largest emitters, allowing them to continue to pollute for free, while families and small business owners get hit with the full force of the tax.
Trudeau failed to fix the mess he created at our border with the United States. Since his #WelcomeToCanada tweet last year, 40,000 people have crossed illegally into Canada at a cost of up to $34,000 each. By 2020, this crisis will have cost Canadian taxpayers $1.6 billion.
He failed to move an ounce of dirt or build an inch of new pipeline. After killing Northern Gateway, he vetoed Energy East and obstructed Trans Mountain. This lack of pipeline capacity has turned an already difficult economy in Western Canada into a full-blown national economic crisis that is threatening tens of thousands of jobs, on top of the 100,000 jobs already lost in the energy sector since 2015.
He again failed to balance the budget. This year was supposed to be Trudeau’s final deficit before returning to surplus in 2019. Instead, this year’s deficit is three times as large as projected, and the budget will not be balanced until 2045. Trudeau is spending Canada’s cupboards bare in good economic times and leaving us open to disaster when the next downturn hits.
He failed to get a better deal on NAFTA. After promising Canadians he would renegotiate better terms for Canada, he capitulated to Donald Trump on auto manufacturing, prescription drugs, Buy American provisions, steel and aluminum tariffs and future trade deals with other countries.
He failed to represent Canada with dignity on the world stage and failed to maintain relationships with key allies. His trip to India was a public relations disaster and seriously damaged Canada’s relations with the world’s largest democracy. Relations with the United States and other traditional and long-standing allies are also strained.
He failed to protect victims of horrific crime. He did absolutely nothing after learning police officer Catherine Campbell’s killer was receiving taxpayer-funded benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada despite having never served a day of his life in the military. Similarly, he and his government had to be humiliated into putting Tori Stafford’s killer back behind bars after her transfer to a healing lodge.
He failed to support our veterans. After promising in the 2015 election that veterans would never have to go to court to obtain benefits from his government, he has spent nearly $40 million fighting veterans groups in court over benefits claims. When asked why at a town hall meeting in 2018, he said “asking for more than we are able to give.”
He failed to properly equip our armed forces. He is spending $2.5 billion less than what he promised in his defence policy. The Royal Canadian Navy is in need of new warships and the Royal Canadian Air Force requires a new fleet of fighter jets to meet Canada’s international obligations, not used CF-18s from Australia. Canada’s peacekeeping participation is at an all-time low.
He failed to uphold the standards of transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior he promised. In 2018, he became the first Prime Minister in Canadian history found guilty of breaking ethics laws by accepting a vacation from the Aga Khan.
Throughout 2018, Justin Trudeau demonstrated to Canadians his inability to get things done on the issues that matter most to them. More and more Canadians are now realizing that he cannot be trusted to lead our country into the future.
Thankfully, Canadians will get a chance in 2019 to move on from Trudeau’s legacy of failure.