MARIN: Trudeau played petty politics with Jagmeet Singh

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the Federal NDP Convention in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works very hard on his public image.

He purports to act on what Canadians want. According to his flowery rhetoric, he works for the collective public interest. He doesn’t play dirty in politics. Trudeau smiles broadly and portrays himself as the eternal optimist. Mr. Sunny Ways personified.

In reality, Trudeau is as ruthless and conniving as any politician. Take, for example, his treatment of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, elected on Oct. 1, 2017. Many held high expectations for Singh. A former criminal defence lawyer from Brampton, he was heralded as a real threat to Trudeau. In his former job, he was highly respected as the Deputy Leader of the NDP at Queen’s Park.

Singh was considered a star. And Trudeau was faced with headlines such as “Pioneering party leader could be the Trudeau Canada hoped for.” Singh had both substance and style.

Now all the fizzle is gone.

How did Singh’s house of cards crash so fast to earth? Because a frightened Trudeau and his clan have been scheming non-stop to prevent him from getting a seat in the House of Commons.

Singh announced last August that he would be running in the by-election in South Burnaby as the seat became vacant on Sept. 14, 2018. If Trudeau claims to be a gentleman or a “gentlepeople,” to borrow Trudeau’s lingo, he would not have run a candidate against him.

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