Another lapse of judgment by the PM

Weyburn Review editorial

Canadians might be wondering where their leadership is, or where it’s going to come from, when the main leader in charge of this country has had a major lapse in judgment, again.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered an apology for not recusing himself when the federal government gave a contract worth more than $900 million to the WE charity, a group that has paid his brother and his mother to be speakers at their events.

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The apology seemed sincere, but it smacked more of “I’m sorry I got caught” rather than truly being repentant of being involved in this matter.

The fact is, he knew about his family’s involvement in the charity, as even his wife has been involved at their events.

The aim of WE is certainly a good one, as they try to inspire the youth of Canada to be mobilized into action to help people across the country and around the world, and to make a difference wherever they are.

So, can he truly be trusted when he finally admits he did wrong, after this has been out for a number of days already?

Sadly, this is not the first time Canadians have seen a major lapse of judgment from this prime minister, as evidenced by the SNC Lavalin scandal, as just one example of his misdeeds, along with his infamous “brown-face” incident that he also admitted as an indiscretion.

By rights these missteps should have lost Trudeau the election last fall, but at the least he was punished with a minority government that includes no MPs whatsoever in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Being in a precarious position of a minority government, one would think that a federal leader would know better than to put his party and the government into jeopardy, particularly at a crucial time in our history in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Is he going to offer up an apology for the debt, which is projected to now be reaching over $1 trillion? Billions of dollars was bad enough, but now we’re reaching into the trillions, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to spending money that we don’t have with the employment benefit now extended to the end of December.

With a mountain of debt like this, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to bearing the brunt of paying this off for years and years to come. Granted the debt is due to the COVID pandemic, but it seems the immediate response to that health crisis is to throw mountains of money at it.

It seems unlikely that the federal government will topple from this crisis, but with a minority government, the future is quite uncertain, and the pandemic only exacerbates that uncertainty.