Governments grow understandably tired of critics who spend their days finding new things to complain about, but the Trudeau Liberals are unusually forthright in displaying their contempt for anyone who holds views they reject.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau did little to make life easier for himself when he heaped derision on anyone who dared question his attempted changes to the small business tax last summer. If he’d done a bit more listening and a lot less attacking he might have lessened the embarrassment that came when he eventually had to capitulate.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau evidently learned nothing from concerns — including from within his own caucus — raised when he made clear that anyone who differs from his beliefs on abortion is not welcome to run for the Liberal party or to vote their conscience in the House of Commons. His government took its refusal to countenance dissent a step further by linking a summer jobs program to abortion beliefs, blocking students from summer job grants if the institution doing the hiring dares to hold pro-life opinions.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is the latest to display this sense of righteousness in telling CTV’s Evan Solomon she can’t be bothered with people who don’t fully support her approach to climate change.
“I have no time for folks who are, like, you know, ‘we shouldn’t take action,’” she said during a spirited exchange.