Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party just barely clung onto power after a hastily called snap election concluded.
As with the rest of the English-speaking world, the vote centered mostly on COVID policy — with the country’s leftist establishment going above and beyond to justify the disturbing power grabs seen all around the world over the past year and a half. Canada’s Conservative Party is notably less resistant to such policies than the Republican Party here in America, but is still seen as the more permissible alternative.
The People’s Party of Canada, a populist movement in the vein of MAGA Trumpism in the U.S., emerged as the northern country’s political rejection of lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and masking requirements.
After the votes were counted, Trudeau’s Liberal Party gained just one seat in Canada’s Parliament, with the Conservative Party losing two. It’s being called the election that no one wanted — where somehow no one got what they wanted. Critics of Trudeau’s government have blasted the 49-year-old prime minister for attempting such a power grab in the middle of a health crisis.
This might seem less familiar to Americans who are used to a fixed election cycle every two years. In places like Canada and the United Kingdom, prime ministers often call for “snap” elections to expand their party’s membership in Parliament — giving them more political power. The most recent snap election in the United Kingdom resulted in an expanded majority for the country’s Conservatives, known locally as “Tories.”
Unfortunately, with Trudeau’s Liberal Party remaining in power in Canada, it’s clear that the propaganda surrounding COVID-19 is still viciously effective as despots continue their crackdown on the lives or ordinary citizens. Attitudes have certainly changed, however. On the campaign trail, the prime minister was famously hit with gravel — a rare sight in Canada’s famously polite atmosphere.
Trudeau, who was once praised by many as the de facto leader of the global Neo-liberal establishment, has also suffered a number of PR setbacks in recent years. Old photos showing the prime minister wearing blackface have tarnished his reputation among Canada’s more woke constituencies. Nevertheless, COVID-related fears are keeping the Great White North in line.
Here’s Canadian conservative commentator Lauren Southern to explain the details.