Kelly McParland: The Liberals love projecting an image. Listening? Not so much

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s effort to portray himself as just another average Canadian, possessed of an ordinary everyday outlook and bedrock Canadian values, was never very convincing. Great effort has been devoted to it by his handlers — the selfies, the photo bombs, the corny family photos — all carefully staged to look absolutely unstaged and typical.

My personal favourite remains the video released soon after he became Liberal leader, dressed in T-shirt and cargo shorts, outside a suburban home, thanking supporters for reaching a fundraising goal. See: the guy wants to be prime minister, but he spends his weekends just like the rest of us: bumming around in casual duds, mowing the lawn, firing up the barbie for a few burgers while cracking a beer or two.

Of course, that was before the trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, the visit to India dressed like an extra in a Bollywood romance, and the odd reaction to revelations he’d been accused of groping a young reporter at an event years ago. The prime minister’s initial response to such embarrassments led one to wonder just how acutely he was attuned to Canadian sensibilities. In each case, after further consideration, an updated response was deemed appropriate. As far as the groping claim went, Trudeau concluded — after “reflecting very carefully” — that different people can experience a situation in different ways. No kidding.

Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford

The latest puzzling example of the Trudeau crowd’s inability to perceive the obvious followed news that Terri-Lynne McClintic, jailed for the brutal killing of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, had been transferred to a Saskatchewan healing lodge. Reaction was swift and negative. Tori Stafford’s murder was of a particularly horrific nature, and the thought that McClintic would be given kid-glove treatment struck millions of Canadians as flat-out wrong.

When Conservatives in Ottawa sought to question the decision, however, they got the back of the Liberal hand. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale — who after half a lifetime in Ottawa should know better — claimed there was little he could do, and it was all a matter to be left to the bureaucrats. Trudeau went further, mocking opposition members as “ambulance-chasing politicians.”

Neither response went over well. As anger grew, Tori’s grandmother remarked: “It seems like if enough people are outraged, the decision will get reversed and (McClintic) will be put back in a prison where she should be.”

Enough people were, and on Wednesday Goodale was back, revealing that he had found a way to influence the decision after all. New rules would be introduced. Prisoners wouldn’t be eligible for healing lodges until they were being readied for release. And the rules would apply to past cases, i.e. McClintic, as well as future ones. As for how such an egregious situation could have happened, Goodale suggested it was all a matter of poor communications.

“These are decisions that are not taken lightly or capriciously. They are based on evidence …read more

Source:: Nationalpost – News


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