Normally July 1 is a day to celebrate our great dominion’s birthday. But on Wednesday, several thousand patriots from coast to coast to coast (or, “a bunch of yahoos” as Ontario Premier Doug Ford would call them) descended upon Parliament Hill in Ottawa to voice their displeasure with the way the Justin Trudeau Liberals are governing this country.
There was a wide shopping list of gripes presented by the protesters, ranging from the grotesque gun grab via an order in council, to the way military veterans continue to be disrespected in terms of benefits and pension money.
But the most predominant beef was regarding the Liberals decision to unnecessarily shutdown the entire country in response to the Wuhan virus, crippling the economy while spending money on bailout programs at a rate that would make a drunken sailor blush.
Indeed, many protesters claim this was unnecessary given that the vast majority of Wuhan virus deaths (82 per cent) are those residing in long-term car facilities.
But as much as there was anger over the Trudeau Liberals, there was a feeling of despair when it came to looking at the mettle of the official opposition.
An ominous sign when it comes to the fortunes of the federal Conservative Party was that nobody in the crowd expressed excitement regarding who would go on to lead this party: these folks want a Canadian Donald Trump; yet if frontrunner Peter Mackay goes on to win the Conservative leadership, they will likely be getting someone who resembles “Justin Trudeau-Lite.”
On the plus side: the weather was perfect and the protest was entirely peaceful (the only illicit behaviour was when someone set off a firework). But there was also a vibe of melancholy here given that if one believes the polls, it could very well be that the Trudeau Liberals will be rewarded with a majority government whenever the next election is called.