In a statement that most would think was satire at first glance, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said that people were growing increasingly angry towards politicians because of anxiety over climate change.
During a press conference, Trudeau was asked by a reporter, “What do you think is behind the rise in threats that politicians are facing?”
With a sigh, Trudeau said, “We’ve been through a lot, as a country, as a world, over these past years. Obviously the pandemic, increasing anxiety because of climate change, transformations of our economy, um, rise in mental health and addiction problems – particularly with the opioid crisis that has been ravaging communities right across the country.
“It’s a lot of pressure for a lot of people and unfortunately, um, there are no easy solutions for all these challenges we’re facing.”
Trudeau, who is being accused of totalitarianism by his residents, also discussed what it would take to fix the situation, saying, “It’s gonna take hard work, it’s gonna take people listening to each other, it’s going to take orders of government and delivering for people. It’s a time for responsible leadership. It’s time for people to look to assuage fears and angers, to respond with a positive vision of the future. But people are hurting. People are hurting because of all these things we’re going through.
“We need to make sure that the messages that we put forward as a country, and not just political leaders, but community leaders, institutions are focused on supporting each other.”
This is the same Trudeau who villainized truckers advocating against Covid mandates for months. Truckers have shot back for his totalitarian views and actions, saying that he “doesn’t understand the working class.”
“So each of us in positions of authority or power,” he said, “need to make sure that we are not inciting or encouraging anger or frustrations, but actually putting forward concrete, real solutions that are gonna bring people along and allow them to see themselves in the future that the world is creating.”
Interestingly, the prime minister said just last December that the unvaccinated are “extremists who don’t believe in science…misogynists…[and] racists.”
“Yes, we will get out of this pandemic by vaccination,” he said. “We all know people who are a little bit hesitant. We will continue to try and convince them, but there are also people who are fiercely against vaccination. They are extremists who don’t believe in science, they’re often misogynists, also often racists. It’s a small group that muscles in, and we have to make a choice in terms of leaders, in terms of the country. Do we tolerate these people? Or do we say, hey, most of the Quebecois people – 80% – are vaccinated. We want to come back to things we like doing. It’s not those people who are blocking us.”
Trudeau’s conflicting statements sound much like America’s Joe Biden, who has been claiming to push for unity in his daily operations. Instead, however, he constantly harps on “MAGA Republicans,” most recently saying, “The extreme MAGA Republicans have made their choice: to go backwards, full of anger, violence, hate, and division.”
Alienating half of the country (or more) is far from unifying.