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Stephen Harper ramps up attacks on Justin Trudeau

PM delivers a stinging attack on the Liberal leader during a pep talk to Ontario Conservatives.


 
Adrian Wyld/CP

Adrian Wyld/CP

HAMILTON, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper ramped up his criticism of Justin Trudeau, delivering a stinging attack on the Liberal leader during a pep talk to Ontario Conservatives.

In a speech at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton on Thursday night, Harper took aim at several of Trudeau’s past statements, from terrorism to China. He noted neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats have supported his government’s law and order reforms.

Harper accused the opposition parties of believing criminals are victims of society. He referred to Trudeau’s reaction to the 2013 terrorism attack at the Boston Marathon when the Liberal leader said governments must look at the root causes of homegrown terrorism.

Harper also alluded to opposition criticism of his government’s handling of foreign policy, referring to a comment Trudeau once made about admiring China and asked how many Canadians want to live there. “My point is that Justin Trudeau didn’t really want to answer that question because the answer is too obvious,” Harper said. “The best country and the best government in the world is Canada’s!”

Trudeau was criticized last year when he was asked which country he admires the most and replied China because having a dictatorship can allow it to turn the Chinese economy around “on a dime.”

Harper also reached out to gun owners, apparently alluding to a recent decision by the RCMP to ban a previously legal rifle, the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine. Harper said it’s completely unacceptable that owners of the weapons should be subject to an “arbitrary stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.”

“We have ensured owners of those guns will not face prosecution,” Harper said. “We will take all actions necessary to ensure bureaucrats cannot bring back the long-gun registry through the back door!”

The government said in July it would review the RCMP’s decision and was exploring a number of options. The National Firearms Association estimated there are 1,000 to 1,800 of the rifles in Canadian hands.


 

Stephen Harper ramps up attacks on Justin Trudeau

  1. Squirm CPC squirm, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is your own damn fault.

  2. Harper is doing a GREAT job of protecting gun owners like Justin Bourque so they can continue their RCMP Cop Killing spree. Good job Harper! (Sic) Wow, how is that protection of Gun Owners Rights working out for you Stephen Harper? Good for you? But bad for Cops Right? Harper is the WORST PM this country has ever experienced. God please help us!

  3. Harper’s rejection of root causes for criminal acts such as terrorism is a clumbsy and desperate attempt to discredit Trudeau. Understanding what makes people do bad things can help prevent bad things from happening by short circuiting crime via social programs and intervention initiatives.

    Instead, Harper wants to pretend bad things simply happen because bad people do them. Look at any baby and tell me which ones were born bad. At best, some people have brain development issues that need treatment, but that still doesn’t make them intrinsically bad. People only become “bad” once they have acted harmfully towards others. Understanding what causes people to act in such a way allows us to treat the conditions that lead up to people taking these actions.

  4. I hope he remembered to bring back some spare parts for the ROYAL Canadian Air Force.

  5. Harper likes to make fun of Justin’s comment. But that – and his stance on all those missing aboriginal women – demonstrates a clear and fundamental difference in not just approaches to governing but in belief systems: Harper is REACTIVE and focused on punishment and retribution; Trudeau is PROACTIVE and looking to PREVENT the violence, rather than punishing the violent.

    Trudeau’s preferred approach may sound all touchy-feely to those of Harper’s mindset, but it has several benefits that Harper’s doesn’t – among them, far fewer victims, less congested courts, and fewer people incarcerated.

    We will always need the law-and-order, after-the-fact method of dealing with criminals and terrorists – but doesn’t it make sense to try to deal with the societal issues that lead to many of these crimes, as well? I’m betting most victims would prefer not having been victimized in the first place, over jail time for their assailants.

  6. Harper has committed treason and a whole bunch of other despicable, unethical acts. HEAVE STEVE

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