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Justin Trudeau and ‘the game of politics’

“Two Toronto Liberal MPs, Adam Vaughan and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, have apologized to their constituents for their government’s decision to break its campaign commitment to make 2015 the last federal election under the first-past-the-post voting system.

“Today, our Government announced that we will not proceed with the critical issue of electoral reform. I know this will disappoint many residents in the riding and in particular some who may have cast their ballot focused on this issue,” Adam Vaughan, the MP for Spadina-Fort York, wrote in a post on his Facebook page….” excerpt from an article in ipolitics Magazine, 3 Feb. 2017

In politics, a promise made in an election campaign is not an irrevocable commitment once in office. People who voted for Justin Trudeau because he convinced them that he could do nearly impossible things, need to get a grip.

Yes, at the next general election, their thoughts may return to this moment as they pick up the pencil to make their mark but, remember, they are not marking their ballot for the next Prime Minister. They are casting their ballot for the local representative in their riding for whom they prefer; that is as close to a choice for PM as they will get.

One may well ask if he will change direction on legalisation of marijuana. If he wants young voters, who seldom vote in elections to vote for him again, surely he knows that he has to make that happen.

He knows that he is unlikely to  win another consecutive majority anyway but a win is a win, as they say in baseball. The odds of that are stacked against any incumbent but he knows his chances are good against any of the proposed Conservative leadership candidates.

Politicians, the ones who make careers lasting twenty years or more, understand that the point of politics is winning. Having won an election, the next election is the driver behind anything the elected party does. Interests of the country are not paramount in their thinking, unless it brings another election win closer and only if it does. Any priority can be set aside, except the absolute necessity to win again, though it is astute to maintain the impression, the facade that the party cares about people, their problems, and the issues that bind the nation.

Now that Justin has tasted the ‘game of politics,’ I wonder how much it is changing him.

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