Prime Minister ‘No Intention of Triggering an Election’ Calls an Election

May 2021: There Will Not be a Pandemic Election in Canada: A motion in the House of Commons was supported by all but one of Canada’s parliamentarians. It denounced a pandemic election and agreed that the government should prevent it from happening. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reinforced that the Liberal government had no intention of triggering an election before the pandemic is over.

June 2021: The moment Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cut his ‘quarantine curls’ and shaved his greying beard, some pundits speculated that he would call an election. Others said Trudeau would uphold the intent of the May motion and that he wouldn’t put the lives of Canadians in danger with an unnecessary pandemic election.

August 2021: There Will be a Pandemic Election: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a snap election for September 20 in the midst of what Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says is a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, now being driven by the Delta variant.

Are you a politician or does lying just run in your family?
– Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe –

Why would Trudeau call an election? He wants more power. Justin’s Liberals won only a minority government in October 2019. Though they have been supported  by the other left of centre parties (which has allowed them to govern as though they have a majority) he wants a Liberal majority government. The health cost to those who will be involved in this campaign, and the financial cost to the taxpayers, apparently isn’t a concern to him.

Trudeau says “Canadians need to choose how we finish the fight against COVID-19.” The election comes as Canada is experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 cases, driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus. Trudeau called it “the fourth wave amongst unvaccinated people.”
– ROB GILLIES, Associated Press –

14 thoughts on “Prime Minister ‘No Intention of Triggering an Election’ Calls an Election

    1. I hadn’t thought of that – but would agree! What I like about Mexico’s Government – the President is elected for six years and cannot be re-elected. Our Prime Minister is not elected – the person gets the job as a default for leading the party with the most seats. Their Senate is elected for a term of 6 years too. Canada’s is appointed and holds the seat until they are 75.

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    1. I agree. It seems to me that the PM is trying to change horses mid-stream. Up to now the pandemic has been a casedemic – but with hospitalizations and deaths dropping while cases rise, cases don’t matter to him any more – because they are mostly in the unvaccinated.

      I think the Liberal party would be better off if the PM just kept his mouth shut. Same with Chrystia Freeland. Her doctored video of the Conservative Leader was just about the most stupid thing a politician could do.

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  1. Apparently, the US isn’t the only place where politics brings out the absolute worst in people….. I hope common sense rears its head in both of our countries soon!

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    1. Happily, the whole world isn’t camping out in my back yard! The best I can do is maintain a feeling of peace and sanity within the perimeter of my home, yard and family.

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  2. Politics has become a profession dominated, at least in my country by mostly men who set out to make it a career. They do not know how to manage anything much, to lead very little, but they do know how to create marketing spin to justify their behaviour. Thus I am not surprised if Trudeau acted when he thought he would have the best chance of being re-elected. Our politicians always do that too! I remember the days when someone with a life experience working in various careers in the community would enter politics. Those politicians are a dying breed. However on reading the above comments, Mexicans, it seems, have a measure of common sense!

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    1. Turns out Trudeau’s timing might not have been so good. He had no longer announced the election when the Afghanistan withdrawal blew up. The perception that his government has botched its evacuation efforts, or left them to the last minute, has plagued the Liberal leader on the campaign trail.
      The good news is, election campaigns in Canada are really short…

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      1. Short election campaigns are a blessing. I for one get so tired of being bombarded with those TV ads from both sides of politics. Yes sometimes timing is good but sometimes, and especially in these spontaneous times, it can work out to be a disadvantage. Who is the opposition?

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        1. The opposition is one Conservative Party, one Libertarian party, one Quebec only party, and two parties that are politically left of Trudeau’s liberals – the NDP and the Greens. The Quebec party and the NDP party both have the potential to siphon off a significant number of votes from the Liberals (which is why after the last election the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois formed a coalition in order to pass any very left leaning legislation.)

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