Is this how an adult, a possible PM, talks? With its mixture of puerile condescension, its smug assurance that any vulgar reference to the Conservatives will “go over” with everyone, it’s an obiter dictum for the age.Andrew Coyne on the Trudeau/Liberal position:
... It wasn’t a slip of the tongue. ... It was the signature of an unserious mind, not to mention a mindless hit on the pilots of Canada’s military ...
... The closest he has come to justifying this utterly discreditable position is to suggest that in fact, the best contribution we could make to the fight was to stay out of it ... As the prime minister put it, “being a free rider means you are not taken seriously.”Anyone who has followed Trudeau's litany of stupid, juvenile comments has long known that he is absolutely unsuited for the job he is seeking. Most of the media has, up to now, (Sun News excepted) been playing the role of "Justin's number one fan". Is it possible that this could mark a turning point in the media's coverage (and cover-up) of Trudeau? I can dream, can't I?
John Robson (closing with a dismal prediction):
I tend to disagree with Robson's implication that the state of Canada's military readiness is Harper's doing. Our military has been chronically underfunded since the 1960's. We, like the Europeans and other allies have been free-riders largely on American strength, which allowed us to spend mightily on such things as our "world class" universal healthcare. While still low in relation to our GDP, military spending rose substantially under Harper and important capabilities like, for example, the CC-177 Globemaster, have been added.