, 04.01.2019 12:32 PM

My latest Sun column: Trudeau’s #LavScam pride goeth before the fall

Pride goeth before the fall. And Justin Trudeau, always a proud one, is rapidly falling towards defeat.

Ask a pollster. The Angus Reid Institute, for instance, released a survey last week. They found that Trudeau’s Liberals are a full nine points behind Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party. And the New Democrats and the Green Party are benefiting too, Angus Reid says.

Ipsos, another national polling agency, also released some startling numbers last week. And Ipsos was even worse for the Grits. The firm suggested the Liberals are losing by ten points to the Conservatives — and found, incredibly, that U.S. President Donald Trump is more popular than Justin Trudeau.

So, right now, Trudeau is heading towards ignominious defeat. That’s the reality. Is it just Lavscam that did it?

No. The writing was on the proverbial wall last year.

The rest is here, gratis.


  1. Nick says:

    What about option 4; resign and bring someone of integrity in to lead the party? Of course, that would be even more unthinkable.

  2. Randy says:

    I’m kind of confused Warren. Did Steven Harper’s government not pass a law about fixed elections, unless the sitting government is in a minority? If this was a law and now it is not, who got rid of it?

    • Randy,

      Yes, but prime ministerial discretion remains, regardless of minority or majority.

      The PM could go tomorrow if he chose to do so.

      • Vancouverois says:

        Or rather, the PM could advise the Governor-General to do so. The law states clearly that it has no effect on the GG’s perogatives, which include calling an election.

        While she could theoretically refuse, citing the law, the convention is that the GG does what the PM asks. That isn’t an absolute, but it is extremely unlikely that any GG would say no unless there were some truly overbearing reason.

  3. Grant says:

    Warren…a quick question for you. If JWR gets turfed from caucus, would she then be able to speak freely about events, or is she still muzzled? Thanks.

    • Grant,

      Absolutely not. Hers is a special case given the fact that she may elect to eventually be called to the bar once again. Translation: become once again a member of a or several law societies.

    • Vancouverois says:

      No, of course not. Cabinet confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege would be of little use if they stopped as soon as you leave a particular office.

      JWR continues to be bound by both unless they are specifically waived, in writing… or, as I understand it, if she is required to testify in a criminal proceeding.

      It has nothing to do with her future hopes (or not) of further political office. She has an obligation to keep the secrets that were entrusted to her, no matter what changes of her status may occur afterward.

      • Ronald O'Dowd says:


        My point is that law societies don’t look too kindly on lawyers seeking re-admittance after violating SCP. In other words, they have to find a new line of work and are severely sanctions by that law society. Their career is over.

  4. Max says:

    When my mom passed away, I wrote and delivered the eulogy on behalf of our family. Same as when my brother-in-law passed away at 52. Justin gets his buddy Butts to help him write one when his father passed away. Think about that. There’s having pride and there’s being authentic. The two needn’t be mutually exclusive. With Trudeau, its more about pride and image and projecting what you’re really not. He’s a Phony. Capital “P”. Full Stop. You don’t learn ethics and integrity as a fully formed adult with life experiences. It’s in your core. Your DNA. Your upbringing. Your social circle during formative years. It’s what you bring to the proverbial table. Now its in the open.

    High time for Dominic, Chrystia and Ralph to meet up for a few pops and some reading of Tea Leaves and how Winds are Blowing.

  5. RKJ says:

    My hard core liberal voting acquaintances are felling nervous but, I expect most will rationalize their way towards supporting Justin. Six months to an election is still a long time. The polls suggest Scheer has a strong chance to win but, nervous liberals could still come back to home base if Scheer appears too “scary”….

    • Vancouverois says:

      The Liberals will obviously try to portray him that way, just as they’ve been doing all along. They’ll just increase the volume on it.

      It is indeed way to early to make any predictions one way or another, though. For all we know, the NDP could become the real threat to oust the Liberals.

  6. Jim R says:

    We have an election scheduled for Oct 21, so calling an election now would rightly be seen as a cynical attempt by a desperate PM to cling to power for power’s sake, nothing more.

  7. It’s not as if we haven’t told them at least ten times what the hell to do, is it?

    But hey, Trudeau gets to make his bed. And the rest of ’em get to live with it, like it or not.

  8. Canada says:

    Is Trudeau’s pride taking him down or the Con media that you write for and JWR, who clearly has no respect for her party members or the law of the land?
    I’m sure we’ll all enjoy the 100 year step back in time when Scheer takes over, thanks to your efforts.

  9. Angel Martin says:

    I think Trudeau needs to bring in The Wizard to engineer the turnaround.

  10. Sean says:

    This is a powerful article-surgical in getting to the truth about Trudeau’s incompetence.

  11. Sean says:

    Trudeau is his own worst enemy. Paradoxically his love of being in public where he’s fawned over runs contrary to his limited ability to work with others-share power. Like a pathological narcissist, his inflexibility robs him from the bounty of reaching a well thought out consensus via a team effort.

    History is full of accounts where authoritarian personalities have been crushed by an unassuming person. Perhaps the most infamous is the narrative of David and Goliath.

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