“I’ll keep saying I’m a feminist.”
Those are Justin Trudeau’s words. He said them at a United Nations summit focusing on women in March 2016.
He said he’d keep calling himself a feminist, in fact, “until it is met with a shrug.”
On Monday of this week, no one in the real world was shrugging. They were shaking their heads in disbelief.
On Monday, the Liberals – aided and abetted by the separatists, no less – voted to shut down a defence committee investigation of sexual misconduct at the highest level of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Liberal and Bloc Quebecois MPs voted together – and they voted for a Liberal motion that effectively kills the Parliamentary committee’s work. The committee had heard shocking testimony about how the Trudeau government had handled allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against women in the Canadian military.
So the Liberals ended it.
It’s disgusting, and despicable, and profoundly wrong. But, given the testimony that had been coming out, it’s probably not a shock.
Previously, the committee had heard that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan knew as long ago as 2018 about sexual misconduct allegations against Gen. Jonathan Vance. He did nothing, effectively – other than passing along the allegations to the Prime Minister’s personal bureaucrats in the Privy Council Office (PCO). PCO did nothing, too.
Vance denies the allegations. And so does his successor as Chief of the Defence staff, Admiral Art McDonald – who has also stepped aside due to sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Think about it. The top two men in the Canadian Armed Forces are facing allegations about they were sexually harassing and abusing women under their command. An investigation was imperative.
So what do the self-styled feminists in Justin Trudeau’s cabal do? What did the separatists do?
They shut it down.
Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld – remember that name – proposed the motion. She said MPs had heard enough from witnesses.
Furious Conservative and New Democrat MPs voted against Vandenbeld’s move to cover up, naturally, but the Trudeau cabal had the numbers. It took just a few minutes to do what they did.
Which was to strangle the truth. Which was to whitewash sexual abuse. Which was to sneer at Canadian women in uniform.
Which was to provide incontrovertible proof, once and for all, that Trudeau’s Liberals are no feminists.
“[Trudeau’s PMO] are interfering in our ability to get to the bottom of this,” said Ontario Conservative MP Leona Alleslev, a graduate of the Royal Military College and a former officer in our air force. Her voice was shaking with anger.
“We are talking about the trust and confidence of Canadian forces personnel, and Canadians…the very institution of our military and our democratic structure is strongly at risk!”
It didn’t matter. The Trudeau Liberals – after doing a dirty deal, one assumes, with the separatists – ended the committee’s work.
Way back in 2015, Justin Trudeau did something good. He made half of his cabinet – his first – female. That had never happened before. Asked why he did it, a smiling Trudeau said: “Because it’s 2015.”
Well, that was then, and this is now.
After the infamy that we all witnessed at the National Defence Committee on Monday, we can all agree that it doesn’t feel like 2015 anymore.
It feels like 1815.
When Canadian women were still a 100 years away from being given the right to vote.
[Kinsella was Special Assistant to Jean Chretien]