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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:14 am    Post subject: Wente: Trudeau is an insult to feminism Reply with quote

Another sign that the wonderful Justin seeing his base crumbling.

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Trudeau is an insult to feminism – and to seriousness
Margaret Wente
MARGARET WENTE
PUBLISHED MARCH 5, 2018

The past two weeks have not been kind to Justin Trudeau’s image. He decked his family out in colourful costumes, dragged them halfway across India, and wound up with the worst press of any Canadian PM on any foreign trip that anyone can remember. Canada-India relations are now in possibly their worst shape ever.

After that, he came home to introduce his relentlessly female-friendly budget (the one that made 358 references to “gender”). The best that can be said is that nobody minded it too much. Few of the females I know seemed particularly grateful for the extra-special treatment. Like the Indians, they just felt condescended to. “I’m sick of gender politics,” one friend groused to me. “What matters is that we can’t get anything in Asia right. ”

But pandering is what Mr. Trudeau does best. He wants to be more feminist than the feminists and more Bollywood than Shah Rukh Khan. The trouble is that he’s trying way too hard. So he just comes off as opportunistic and condescending.

Both the India trip and the budget − both of which should be routine affairs – have exposed the worst defects of Mr. Trudeau and his team. They are all politics and no policy; all play-acting and no substance. Just last year the international media were styling Mr. Trudeau as “the free world’s best hope,” as Rolling Stone breathlessly put it. Now, he’s Mr. Dressup. The scornful headlines from the global media were nothing short of epic. “Trudeau’s India trip is a total disaster – and he has only himself to blame,” went one headline in The Washington Post.

The usual response from the Prime Minister’s Office toward anyone who dares to criticize Mr. Trudeau – dismiss it as an example of partisan politics – won’t work this time. Senior figures in the foreign affairs world are openly dismayed by the policy vacuum at the top. David Mulroney, Canada’s former ambassador to China, wrote in The Globe that the India debacle ought to “prompt a review, if not a complete rethinking of a Canadian foreign policy that appears to be seriously off the rails.”

We have some hard lessons to learn. The India trip exposed Mr. Trudeau and his team as shallow, fundamentally unserious, and seriously incompetent. The budget document was far less harmful; it merely checked off all the usual social-justice boxes. In addition to a new paternity leave, it included more money for female entrepreneurs, $23-million for new multiculturalism programs and a national anti-racism plan, $214-million to remove racial barriers, promote gender equality, and combat homophobia and transphobia, and other funding for “racialized and immigrant women.”

Somehow I doubt that the magic incantation of the word “gender” is enough to win the hearts of middle-class women.

What’s interesting here is not the amounts of money, which are relatively small, but the world view, which comes straight from a gender-studies course. Women as a gender need special help because they are automatically oppressed, and “racialized” women need even more special help. Instead of being individuals with different preferences, goals, beliefs, and interests, all Canadians are defined by our inherent traits of gender, ethnicity, class, race and sexual orientation, and are arranged in a sort of hierarchy of oppression. This appears to be the intellectual framework of Mr. Trudeau’s brain trust.

The Liberals have a long and robust tradition of pandering to ethnic voters. Now they have divided everyone but white men into minority groups. It’s all about identity politics now. The fight for a colour- and gender-blind society has been replaced by a vision that sees nothing but.

But people – even women – may be getting tired of it. Maybe people – even women –have higher priorities than being pandered to. A startling new Ipsos poll, taken shortly after Mr. Trudeau’s disastrous India trip, found that the Liberals would get only 33 per cent of the vote if an election were held today − versus 38 per cent for the Conservatives. The Liberal strategy has been to drive a gender wedge between women and the Conservatives. But now they and the Conservatives are tied among women. Meanwhile, the gender gap among male voters has reached a startling 9 per cent in favour of the Conservatives.

One opinion poll doesn’t mean much on its own. But somehow I doubt that the magic incantation of the word “gender” is enough to win the hearts of middle-class women. Women, after all, want what men want: leadership in tough times, a steady hand and seriousness of purpose at the top, someone who will not make a complete hash of things that should be relatively easy to pull off. Because if he screws up something simple, what happens when the going gets rough?
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-trudeau-is-an-insult-to-feminism-and-to-seriousness/


It's worth noting that Wente was a huge supporter of Trudeau in the last election. She even when so far as to say something like " ... I don't care how air-headed he is, he just 'looks so-oo good." Her attitude has changed.

I think of Wente as a weathervane. She accurately reflects the feelings of professional women of Toronto, and elsewhere. I don't say that dismissively. It's not a little thing to catch the mood of the dominant sex in Canada. She's a decent columnist.

I take this as one more indication that Justin's wheels are falling off with the very group his success is based on. Women. Feminist women are getting tired of gender politics! They are also embarrassed by feckless narcissism of the man and his bungling with the Indians. Fashion faux pas register with feminists!

Ironicalky, ordinary working feminists are abandoning Justin just as the eunuch leading the federal Conservative party is figuring out a new way to match Justin's pandering! Just sayin ...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Wente: Trudeau is an insult to feminism Reply with quote

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The past two weeks have not been kind to Justin Trudeau’s image. He decked his family out in colourful costumes, dragged them halfway across India, and wound up with the worst press of any Canadian PM on any foreign trip that anyone can remember. Canada-India relations are now in possibly their worst shape ever.

After that, he came home to introduce his relentlessly female-friendly budget (the one that made 358 references to “gender”). The best that can be said is that nobody minded it too much. Few of the females I know seemed particularly grateful for the extra-special treatment. Like the Indians, they just felt condescended to. “I’m sick of gender politics,” one friend groused to me. “What matters is that we can’t get anything in Asia right. ”

But pandering is what Mr. Trudeau does best. He wants to be more feminist than the feminists and more Bollywood than Shah Rukh Khan. The trouble is that he’s trying way too hard. So he just comes off as opportunistic and condescending.

Both the India trip and the budget − both of which should be routine affairs – have exposed the worst defects of Mr. Trudeau and his team. They are all politics and no policy; all play-acting and no substance.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-trudeau-is-an-insult-to-feminism-and-to-seriousness/



The desire to be prosperous is a gender neutral concept,
This seems to be one of the biggest disconnect that the Prime Ministers team has faced recently.

The Government tabled the most expensive budget in Canadian History last week spending nearly $340,000,000,000 (That's around 100 billion more than was spent a decade ago in the 2008 budget) and to quote Wente "The best that can be said is that nobody minded it too much"

How do you spent more money than a government has ever spent in its history and get a general review like that? Was the giant duck store closed?

The issue you have with the coalition the PMO is trying to build is it doesn't assume that women can be both women and entrepreneurs or that folks who immigrate to Canada can be immigrants and business owners.

You can't shout from the hilltops that you are a modern feminist and then start stifling small business of which many are women owned and be surprised that your popularity is decreasing amongst women.

Almost three years into the mandate (two of which three of the opposition parties lacked permanent leaders) its a fair question to ask if Canadians ran to the polls to elect Trudeau or they simply wanted to toss Stephen Harper out with both hands.

If the answer is the latter than the PMO needs to look long and hard as to how much of this coalition they created is truly supporting them and how much of it just wanted to move on from the last guy.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A startling contrast ...

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Bernier says no common ground to be found with Liberals on identity politics
By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — Mar 6 2018

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is rejecting a meeting request from Liberal counterpart Celina Caesar-Chavannes after the pair exchanged barbs on Twitter over issues of race and identity politics.

Caesar-Chavannes apologized to Bernier on Twitter on Tuesday morning after telling him in a tweet posted three days ago to "check your privilege and be quiet" in a heated discussion about funding for minority communities in the budget and whether it is racist to say you want to be colour-blind.

"I am not too big to admit when I am wrong," she wrote. "Limiting discussion on this important issue by telling you to be quiet was not cool. If you are willing, let’s chat when back in Ottawa. We are miles apart on this important issue and it is possible to come a little closer."

Bernier did not seem open to the idea.

"Thank you for recognizing my right to air an opinion," he wrote back on Twitter. "I don't think we can find much common ground beyond that however. You and (Minister Ahmed) Hussen implied I'm a racist because I want to live in a society where everyone is treated equally and not defined by their race."

Bernier also said everything possible should be done to give everyone equal opportunity, but said defining people based on race, gender and sexual identity and granting different rights and privileges to people based on those definitions "only creates more division and injustice and will balkanize our society."

"I say it's time we Conservatives stop being afraid to defend our vision of a just society made up of free and equal individuals and push back against those who want to silence any opinion that differs from theirs," Bernier said.

Bernier is out of the country and his office says he could not be reached for an interview.

Caesar-Chavannes was unable to do an interview but provided a statement to The Canadian Press.

"I believe that it is important for Canadians to debate and express their views," she said. "Encouraging a fellow parliamentarian to keep silent is not consistent with this principle. I have acknowledged this, and my offer to meet with Mr. Bernier once we're both back in Ottawa still stands. I would welcome the opportunity to continue this important discussion with him in person."

The entire thing started after Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen tweeted Feb. 28 that the federal budget was historic for "racialized Canadians."

The budget included money for a national anti-racism plan, mental health supports for at-risk black youth and funding to collect better data on race, gender and inclusion in Canada.

On March 2, Bernier responded to say "racialized" was "awful jargon" and accused the Liberals of using it to create division.

"I thought the ultimate goal of fighting discrimination was to create a colour-blind society where everyone is treated the same," Bernier said on Twitter.

Hussen responded by saying the budget was about equality and growth for all Canadians and that the idea of not seeing colour may sound great in theory but doesn't address the realities of racism.

"At best, it allows the CPC to continue to wipe their hands of playing an active role in the work that must be done to eradicate racism (and) at worst it means you are supporting the status quo by denying the very real experiences of people who live with racism every day," he wrote.

Caesar-Chavannes chimed in after that to tell Bernier to do some research about the idea of being colour-blind and that is also when she told him to be quiet.
https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2018/03/06/bernier-rejects-liberal-mps-apology-over-identity-politics-flareup-on-twitter/#.Wp8otejwbIV


Conservatives have a choice. They can either do the Joe Clark thing, and say "Me too" to every bit of pandering that the Liberals do. (In this case, it's to Moslems.)

Or they can oppose the pandering, and offer a better alternative.
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