PRINT – Asian Connections – Mississauga, 09/08/2019 – View Point.
Sukhpreet Singh Giani – With the federal election less than three months away, federal leaders who are known for addressing causes that affect Canadians all across the country are now focusing on attacking the leaders at the provincial government. At a rallying speech to Liberal candidates in Ottawa, the Prime Minister set the tone for the coming election campaign. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau preferred to attack Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Despite pledging to rise above partisan attacks and “the politics of fear and division,” Trudeau spent a large part of his speech criticizing Conservative politicians and warning that a Conservative government would mean only cuts and austerity. He brought back former prime minister Stephen Harper, and drew a comparison with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and said that Andrew Scheer has never seemed to mind being referred to as “Harper with a smile.”
But it was Ford, neither Harper not Scheer, who seemed to be top of mind for the Prime Minister and many of the Liberals in attendance. His attack on Doug Ford and hence on the Conservatives, was sharp. He said, “In October, Canadians will have a clear choice to make: cuts and austerity or investing in Canadians,” while addressing Liberal candidates assembled in Ottawa. Doug Ford’s mantra of being “for the people” to “cutting down” would be a focus area. The Liberals are going to take on the Conservatives via Doug Ford. Will it deliver the results for the Liberals?