Canadians Should Be Able to Vote “None of the Above”
Canadians are heading to the polls on September 20, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s questionable ethics are under a microscope, with Chris Selley of the National Post suggesting that Canadians “could do a lot worse than choosing whichever leader they judge the most eager and likely to govern with integrity.”
Okay, I’ll bite. Let’s assess the eagerness and integrity of the leaders of the three main political parties:
Justin Trudeau – Liberal Party
Erin O’Toole – Conservative Party (farther to the left than US Democrats)
Jagmeet Singh – New Democratic Party
There is no doubt that all three of them are very eager to govern, so eagerness is not an issue.
But What About Integrity?
A person of integrity does not break promises, but Trudeau has broken many promises.
A person of integrity is not a hypocrite, but Singh violates covid protocols that he professes to support. He also criticized Trudeau for calling an election during a pandemic, yet he enthusiastically campaigned for his NDP colleagues when they called an election in British Columbia last fall.
A person of integrity does not change his policies when it is politically expedient to do so. But O’Toole has reversed himself on gun control, as well as access to abortion and MAID (medical assistance in dying).
All three candidates are guilty of other transgressions, too numerous to list.
Selley writes “O’Toole insists he has lived his life as a principled man, and would hold himself to those same principles as prime minister.” However, a principle, by definition, is not open to compromise, and Selley ignores the flipflops of his favoured candidate. Thus, Selley himself lacks the integrity he is seeking to promote.
Is Political Integrity Even Possible?
The lack of political integrity is a standard feature of democracy, not a flaw. This is because politicia
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