No Minister


Justin Trudeau has always fancied himself as one of the power elite. Born into privilege he has traded on that privilege invoking the dictum of one rule for him and another for everyone else. Six weeks ago he called an early election in the expectation that an electorate, ever grateful for his leadership, would return his Liberal Party to power able to govern in its own right. Alas it was not to be.

The Liberals gained 158 seats, 12 short of a majority (after having been endorsed by such luminaries as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton). They were out-polled by Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives who bested them by over a quarter of a million votes but, such are the vagrancies of FPP, gained only 119 seats. The nigger in the woodpile for the Conservatives was the PPC (People’s Party of Canada) formed in 2018 by Maxime Bernier after he resigned from the Conservatives. The PPC polled 818,170 votes (5.1%) but gained no seats. Their vote splitting helped keeping the Liberals in power. Sage lesson.

So right now Trudeau remains dependent on support from the separatist Bloc Quebecois or the socialist leaning New Democratic Party. In our idiom his ‘mana’ is weakened. Interesting too that the Greens were reduced to just two seats dropping from 6.55% of the vote at the time of the last election to just 2.3% yesterday.

I’m sure that Justin and Jacinda will remain bosom pals.

Written by The Veteran

September 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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  1. What is it with Conservatives? They can’t keep their parties together. Anywhere.


    September 22, 2021 at 2:28 pm

  2. Hmmmm … not quite right. In Canada the NDP (third largest Party in their Parliament) is the repository for votes that would otherwise split in the order of 75% to the Liberals.

    The Veteran

    September 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

  3. Reminds me of Ross Perot’s doomed effort in 1992, which snigged away enough votes from GHW Bush to let Clinton in with a bit more than 40% of the vote as I recall.

    Not something you do in an FPP situation.

    Having said that I do wonder if the basic problem is that Canadian voters have the same addiction to control and “free” government money that most Western nations have, and that the Opposition has not differentiated itself enough from the government, possibly because it’s frightened of pushing those voters away, even knowing what they’re accepting or liking is just plain wrong.

    Catching flies with honey, not vinegar and all that, but the Conservatives are swimming upstream against a tide of cultural opposition that translates into politics.

    Tom Hunter

    September 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

  4. Tom … Trudeau in the last few weeks was reduced to running a smear campaign based on the theme that Conservatives eat babies. Clearly it worked to a degree. But it was the intervention of the PPP that really nobbled the Conservatives.

    The Veteran

    September 22, 2021 at 4:01 pm

  5. Its a good start, probably Macron next then hopefully Ardern;

    Is the writing on the wall for all of the incompetents.


    September 22, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    • If the writing was on the wall for these people you’d have thought it would have hit in this election. I can’t recall the exact amount of debt that this idiot has piled up but I think it’s in the range of a trillion dollars, with a deficit of some $C 350 billion, beating the previous record of … $55 billion? Maybe it’s the Muldoon attitude WRT the common person and deficits?

      Tom Hunter

      September 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    • Trudea may just be the start needed. Covid and the media shafted NZ.


      September 22, 2021 at 7:08 pm

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