With 2015 coming to an end, will Justin have a catch phrase to lead Canada in 2016?
There is no place on social media for Canadians to escape the throng of articles and pictures of Canada’s recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Love him or loathe him, Mr. Trudeau will be our leader for the next four years. While many new voters are jumping on the Liberal bandwagon there are many that have their doubts that Justin Trudeau has the capability and capacity of leading, while balancing the budget. During their campaign, the Liberals promised that their platform will run $10 billion deficits each year over the next three years. Analysts are now concluding the projected deficits could run as high as $15 billion per year over the next three years.
Of course the average Canadian doesn’t want to discuss poorly planned federal budgets, Canadians on average are incapable of managing their own household debt. We should all give ourselves a pat on the back for reaching a new record in 2015, with household debt reaching an all-time high of 165%. Consumer debt accumulates in different ways from different scenarios, whether an individual lost their job to the most common cause where individuals lack overall money management discipline to manage their finances accordingly. More times than not we tend to pass the buck for our own misfortunes. Very similar to those giving full support to Justin Trudeau and the newly elected majority Liberal government.
How long can Stephen Harper be used as an excuse for the current state of Canada’s economy?
No matter which side of the political spectrum you sit on, Canada is facing several dire challenges over the next decade. From climate change mandates, to new global conflicts that may require our armed forces to partake in peacekeeping duties; from markets being at risk of repeating the 2008 market crash, to establishing new industries that will provide jobs for Canada’s growing population. The Liberals entered parliament in October 2015 capturing only 39.5% of the total votes, where the Conservatives grabbed 39.62% of the total votes in the previous federal election. Are we doomed to see a change in political parties again in 2019?
While many act that money is infinite, time is definitely not on our side. The media is jumping aboard the Trudeaumania phenomenon and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. His recent review of the new Star Wars movie hit one million views over the weekend. He is being ushered in as a modern day, down to earth leader that understands the everyday Canadian. Unfortunately, the average Canadian may not be aware of the responsibilities necessary to run a nation the size of Canada.
Perhaps everything will be fine and the Liberal government will be able to maintain Canada’s status of being one of the best places to live in the world. If so, the rest of Canada can jump aboard the Trudeau bandwagon and enjoy the next four years of ‘real change’. Otherwise, those who are currently flooding Facebook and Twitter with their daily posts professing their love for Mr. Trudeau may need to understand how politics work and learn not to partake in strategic voting in the next election.
Mr. Trudeau the spotlight is yours, for now. Try to understand that the average Canadian will not be as cheerful if they aren’t able to support themselves. Some of us want to be as hopeful as your current fanbase, it is up to you to win the rest of us over.