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Justin Trudeau has informed two election whoppers, first his promise in 2015 to maintain the federal deficit at $10 billion — it instantly went to $30 billion — after which, in 2019, the peace of mind, given on his behalf by then-environment minister Catherine McKenna, that the federal carbon tax wouldn’t rise after 2022.
Like father, like son, it appears.
Besides that final week, on the problem that obtained Pierre Trudeau into politics and largely drove his prime ministry, his son mentioned Ottawa would “modernize” the Official Languages Act, with the robust trace that meant accommodate Invoice 101’s “proper to work in French” in Quebec. (Having handled Quebec telecoms and banks all my life I can attest that, nevertheless their again workplaces function, they’ve a decidedly French face, and in reality are largely populated by francophones.) Justin Trudeau’s trace was in response to former Quebec premiers anxious concerning the supposed decline of French in Montreal and to pre-empt one more shameful try by the federal Tories, the umpteenth because the days of John Diefenbaker, to curry favour with Quebec nationalists, who by no means, ever give in such offers however solely take.
On issues of economics, Pierre Trudeau in all probability didn’t give a fuddle-duddle (to make use of his coinage of 1971). However on issues of language rights, he wrote the guide — Federalism and the French Canadians — in addition to the legislation and the structure. In follow, official federal bilingualism has precipitated innumerable irritations. In concept, in a rustic by which a 3rd of individuals spoke French, its logic was unassailable: the place numbers warranted, federal providers ought to be accessible in both official language. Even now, with the proportion of French-speakers decrease, the precept remains to be watertight.