Canadian President Justin Trudeau is no stranger to criticism from the right, but, earlier this month, Trudeau drew rare criticism from the left for a tweet in response to late-night “comedy” host Trevor Noah. The tweet read, “Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it.” seems innocuous enough-a pledge to donate $50M to support women’s education, yet Trudeau’s monetary pledge was not the generous donation of a well off philanthropist.
Look at the tweet closer, Trudeau does not pledge $50M of his own money to charity, but instead is going to suck the funds from the Canadian taxpayer. How generous of him. While Canada is faced with a deficit of over $18B, Canadians are not too keen to spend more money in order to assuage the ego of their President.
Trudeau was rightly roasted online by newly elected Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer who responded, “Pledging $50 million in a tweet to impress a TV personality? Taxpayers need a defender not somebody who throws their money around to be popular with celebrities. This is how deficits become massive and permanent.” Granted, this money was previously allocated to go to charity at the G7 Conference in June of this year, but the fact that Trudeau seemingly chose this specific charity in order to become part of the “woke” Hollywood elite, as thousands of Canada’s veterans are homeless and Canada’s socialized healthcare system faces increasing wait times for patients speaks volumes towards the attitudes of leftist politicians like Trudeau and his liberal supporters.
Virtue signaling is not new to those on the left, and besides perhaps former President Obama, Justin Trudeau is the best at it. Whether it be calling for the destruction of companies for their support of the NRA, saying that Republican policy was against American values, or forcing apologies from celebrities for 7 year old tweets, leftists cannot help themselves when there’s an opportunity to frame someone as immoral. In a perfect example of this need to seem morally superior, President Trudeau was universally mocked for correcting a woman at a town hall event last year for saying “mankind” instead of “humankind.”
The age-old saying “actions speak louder than words” obviously has not made it into the leftist lexicon. The group of people most likely to call for more taxpayer funded programs are also some of the least likely to take action in volunteering or give their own money to charity. According to the left, this shouldn’t matter. So long as they are in power, they get to decide what they spend your hard earned money on. Whether it be on a worthy cause like women’s education or giving more cash to Planned Parenthood, leftists think that they are more moral than you— even while using your money to do it.
Like the oddball kid in middle school trying to make his way to a seat at the table with the cool kids, Justin Trudeau disregards the interests and uses of his old group of friends, in this case the Canadian taxpayer, to get in the crowd of the “woke” and “cool.”
Trudeau will soon face reelection. Perhaps instead of trying to hobnob with the “in” crowd, Trudeau can avoid getting booted out of his office in Ottawa by remembering the humility and the hardworking nature of the average Canadian. It’s never a smart idea to use others in order to sit with the cool kids.
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