It’s unnecessary. It’s unwanted.
And it’s been imposed on us — commencing this weekend, according to a Reuters report — by a Prime Minister who is unfit.
Because, make no mistake: Unfit he is. Untrustworthy and unethical, too.
He swore he was a “feminist” while neglecting to mention to other Liberals that he’d groped a woman in BC. He pledged to fight racism when he’d remained silent about video evidence that he’d worn racist blackface multiple times.
He insisted he’d be scandal-free and then he became the first sitting Prime Minister to be found guilty of violating federal statutes. Oh, and his myriad other promises, like balancing the budget or getting clean water to Indigenous people?
Those were all untruths, too.
He’s the UnPrime Minister. And this will be the UnElection.
Because we don’t want an election now. We don’t need an election now.
Vast swaths of the country have been literally on fire. Thousands have been forced out of their homes, or — like my brother and his family in rural B.C. — they are waiting for the order to evacuate.
The situation has gotten bad enough that people in Nova Scotia have smelled smoke — smoke that has wafted East from far-away BC.
And the virus, the cruel, unkillable virus. It’s surging again, pretty much everywhere. And Canadians are getting sick again — and some are dying from it.
In the past week alone, due to the Delta variant, Covid infections have exploded by 60% across Canada. That’s the worst it has been in months.
As former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould put it on Twitter, it’s the “#DeltaElection.”
And into this morass Justin Trudeau wants to force an election? Why?
Because he thinks he can win back the majority government he squandered. Because he thinks his opponents aren’t as good as him.
Because of his ego, essentially.
His ego is immense. It is vast. It is without limit. He is known to sit on government jets, reviewing his Instagram photos. Not his briefing books.
And the evidence was right there, for all to see. For months — and as this newspaper regularly documented — his vaccine acquisition effort was an unmitigated fiasco.
He tried to do a deal with a hostile foreign power, the Chinese while the Chinese were illegally detaining two innocent Canadian men. And when that vaccine deal predictably fell apart, he hid the evidence from us for months, thereby losing critical time. And Canadian lives.
For months, we lagged far behind our allies in vaccinating citizens. And we are only now near the front of the vaccination pack because of the determination of Canadians themselves, not the feckless, reckless Prime Minister.
His record, his performance, his values all combine to produce one irreducible, irrefutable truth: he is unfit of the high office he has held, improbably, for half a decade. He is unqualified and unfit.
Is he unelectable? Only you, Canadian voters, can answer that question.
Because the unElection is about to begin.
Kinsella was chairman of the Liberal Party’s war rooms in 1993 and 2000.