Trudeau defends plan to scrap F-35s

For the goal of this column, I defined ahead of time what the objectives for each leader likely would, or should be.


We started with positive economic news from Finance Canada validating Stephen Harper’s claim that Canada now has a balanced budget, as a surplus of $1.9 billion was ran the last fiscal year.

Dean Del Mastro resigned the seat in Peterborough, Ont., following his conviction for three electoral offences: overspending, failing to report a contribution he made to his own campaign, and knowingly filing a false report.

Standing inside one of the country’s foremost symbols of its openness to the world – the so-called “Gateway to Canada” – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Sunday he’d consider airlifting Syrian refugees in order to fulfil his pledge to welcome 25,000 asylum seekers by January 1.

Is it acceptable to have a Prime Minister whose criteria for success that we lay out for him is simply “don’t lose too badly?” Otherwise, Canadians will have nothing more than three men squabbling with each other without any substance. “It’s time for real change”.

Let Harper’s positive economic performance be your voting guide instead of following some reckless venture advocated by the NDP and Liberals.

Mixed in with a series of barbs against NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Prime Minster Stephen Harper, Trudeau promised federal support for upgrades to the Riverhead Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This ineptitude comes into particular focus in light of news of the $5 billion surplus that Canada’s books now show.

I ask you: How would this possibly make sense, to have a Liberal government turn a surplus into a deficit “just because?”

“Our (military) commitments will, among other things, ensure that the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a blue water fleet well into the future”, Trudeau said in a statement.

I doubt that the debate will do much to clear the three-way logjam of the parties, all more-or-less equally popular so far. Thomas Mulcair only fared slightly better. “Furthermore, there are glaring errors in his costing, like the fact that he has overestimated corporate tax revenues”.

“I got a selfie!” she proudly proclaimed, with a big smile.

Mulcair’s dodging of these questions, played right to Harper.

“What the Halifax shipyards need, and what the shipyards on the West Coast need, are guarantees that the money is going to flow”, Trudeau told an appreciative crowd of partisan supporters.


He said the Conservatives’ announcement Saturday that they would cancel the requirement refugees first be designated as such by the United Nations before applying for asylum in Canada as “a sudden and convenient change of heart during an election campaign”. This revives a debate in which the Conservatives have an edge in public opinion compared to the NDP and the Liberals, who both agree with the courts thus far.

Trudeau defends plan to scrap F-35s