OPINION: A tale of two leaders

Justin Trudeau took some heat in Kelowna, but that’s what happens when you put yourself out there

Had Stephen Harper come to Kelowna during his reign as prime minister, you might not have even known about it.

He did come to Kelowna, parachuting in to shake hands with firefighters before getting the heck out. But he certainly wasn’t strolling the streets, talking to regular people, shaking hands and—oh the horror—taking pictures with them.

We bring this up to highlight the stark contrast in our past two prime ministers: One who shielded himself from virtually everyone, including those in his own party, and the other, who is not afraid to step out into the public and talk to real people.

One constant criticism of Justin Trudeau seems to be his penchant to enjoy people, allowing them to take pictures with him. Such a harsh thing (insert sarcasm emoji here) to do for someone who is representing all of the people of Canada.

This week’s trip to Kelowna brought out the best and worst in the people in our city. There was the F-bombs hurled at Trudeau from a passerby; and there was the transgender person who stood up in front of over 2,500 people to thank the Liberals for their inclusivity. Talk about two ends of the spectrum and we wonder what would be said if those two residents ever sat in the same room together.

Trudeau and his government are taking it on the chin from Kelowna’s pro business community and other well-to-do folks, who say proposed changes to small business tax rules will hurt them badly.

We can’t imagine those small business owners are scraping by on $40,000 a year, or trying to buy a home when making minimum wage. Or lining up at the food bank to put food on their table. So if government wants to level the playing field between those making over $150,000 and taking advantage of loopholes in the system and those making $40,000 a year, then we say good on you. The true middle and low class people are the ones who need help.

Are we really considering doctors the middle class?

Speaking of government, Trudeau was the second leader to come to town recently, following Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Like Trudeau, Scheer is a young charismatic leader. He had his own message to his party faithful. He told people his party doesn’t get its message covered by the left-wing media and they had better take their country back from those high-spending Liberals.

Attacking the media and playing on people’s fears. Sounds like a familiar strategy that has had success elsewhere.

Maybe we ought to be careful what we wish for in federal politics.

Just Posted

Kelowna restaurant hosts popular New York Chef

Need something to do this Valentine’s Day?

Kelowna and Lake Country popular stories from the week

The Capital News and Calendar highlight popular stories every Saturday afternoon

Cook kicks off byelection campaign in West Kelowna

The campaign office will be open seven days a week in the Westbank Shopping Centre

Kelowna students complete D.A.R.E. program

Students at Heritage Christian School received their certificates Friday

Dual-credit film program approved for Central Okanagan students

The Central Okanagan Public Schools is developing a program with the Vancouver Film School

Disappointing turnout for Kelowna women’s march

The Kelowna Women’s March on Washington was held Saturday, Jan. 20

Lake Country Winter Blues Fest bigger and better in its second year

Organizer Ryan Donn says he’s already planning the 2019 edition

Rockets take down Royals

Kole Lind has four points and Jack Cowell scores twice as Rockets rebound from 7-2 loss at Seattle

Letter: Who really is the rogue regime?

“We continue to find ways to advance the pressure campaign against North Korea”

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Most Read