A few weeks ago, when some nice folks were encouraging me to run for the Liberal nomination in Toronto Danforth, I finally met with one of Justin Trudeau’s most senior advisers.
There ensued some jousting, and then we got around to discussing why I was not suitable. Chief among the reasons was my view on the international effort against ISIS, led by that crazed right wing maniac, Barack Obama.
I pointed out that my view was in accord with former Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy, former Liberal leader Bob Rae, and former General Romeo Dallaire.
“They are all traitors to the Liberal party!” thundered my breakfast partner. “They opposed a major foreign-policy decision of the leader of the Liberal party of Canada!”
Wow, thought I. I’m never going to fit in with this bunch. Screw it.
That’s not to say, however, that I did not feel that Trudeau and his circle wouldn’t flip-flop on the struggle against the genocidal cult that is ISIS. They would. And, lo and behold, they soon started to do precisely that.
First, they indicated support for Bill C-51 before they had even read it. And, this morning, there was this:
Get that? Then, you were a “traitor” if you favoured some sort of modest military role. Now, nothing to see here, move along, etc.
The definition of “traitor” is situational, I guess. That, or Justin and his gang looked at the polls, and figured out they were going to get their asses kicked.
Either way, I remain proud that I was a traitor both then and now. I’m in good company.