Revolutionary Pierre Poilievre

The Conservative Party leader’s bold policies rival those of any national leader in Canada – or the West – in modern history

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The attempt by Canadian mainstream media pundits to portray Pierre Poilievre as a simplistic, unsophisticated thinker resembles past media attacks on Ronald Reagan in the US and Margaret Thatcher in the UK, both of which would overshadow their critics. and be recognized as transformative and consequential leaders.

If there is any lack of seriousness, it is not in Poilievre, a conservative with such a revolutionary platform that his success would transform Canada from the idiot of the Western world to one of the most brilliant.

Poilievre has a fundamental and overriding goal – to make Canada the freest nation on Earth – and a sophisticated but simple mechanism to accomplish it is to “fire the gatekeepers” that are preventing Canadians from achieving their ambitions.

Health care — where Canada’s single-payer system vies with those of Cuba and North Korea to ban the private sector — illustrates how Poilievre’s reforms would play out.

In the current system, according to a recent Angus Reid poll, more than 60% of Canadians describe the current state of their local health care as “bad” or “very bad”, and 50% do not have timely access to a family doctor or don’t have one at all. The shortage of doctors stems from numerous bureaucratic hurdles, including multiple roadblocks that guards set up to deny licenses to qualified foreigners.

Poilievre would dismantle gatekeeper barriers by urging provinces to adopt what he calls “the 60-day guarantee” – a requirement that regulatory bodies quickly decide whether immigrants are qualified to practice medicine in Canada based on ” of a single proof of ability through tests and other skills examinations that everyone, regardless of where they studied, must pass. »

This simple, common-sense approach would do more than ensure that Canada’s many qualified foreign doctors are no longer forced to support themselves in less skilled occupations like driving taxis, and would do more than encourage the immigration of other foreign doctors to ensure that Canadians provided. Firing the gatekeepers of family doctors — and specialists, nurses, and everyone else who is qualified but now excluded from the health care field — would transform Medicare.

The Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, N.S., April 30, 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

With patients no longer beggars but pickers, physicians and the health care system as a whole would suddenly be subject to competition, forcing Canada’s antiquated systems to modernize and improve services while cutting costs. According to a 2021 Commonwealth Fund analysis of 11 developed countries, lack of competition has not served Canada well: Canada spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than Norway, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand — countries that allow competition but rank near the bottom, in 10th place, on performance criteria, including access to care and health outcomes.

Poilievre would also arrest gatekeepers who exclude architects, engineers and other skilled professionals and tradespeople. And gatekeepers who censor what students can debate on campus or what Canadians can say and see online. And gatekeepers who micromanage and meddle in issues that shouldn’t be the government’s business.

Poilievre is a recipe for small government, achieved not bluntly through widespread budget cuts that would inadvertently reduce needed government services – Canada needs more courts to clear up justice-delaying backlogs and more road crews to fix the potholes – but surgically through perverse tax cuts and a sophisticated freedom agenda that weeds out the middlemen who replace the wishes of Canadians with those of bureaucrats.

Poilievre’s sophistication is also visible in his preferred way of fighting today’s destructive inflation, as the product of government has printed more money than the size of the Canadian economy warrants. Rather than slash inflation by raising interest rates to crushing levels – the hard-line conventional approach that burdens homeowners and businesses with higher mortgage and financing costs – Poilievre would end wasteful spending and put the focus on growing the Canadian economy to a size that justifies the previously printed excess funds. “Put simply: Make more goods that cost less by increasing paychecks, not debt.”

How do you grow the economy and the paychecks that go with it? Remove the gatekeepers that hinder homebuilders in cities, resource developers in our rural areas, and pipeline developers in between. Under prohibitively restrictive laws passed over the past decade, environmentalists and social activists have been empowered to impede the development of brand new resources. By firing the guards, Poilievre would energize industries across the country, especially those run by the many indigenous communities that are also being blocked by the activists.

To allow these developments, such as at the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba, Poilievre would negate the gatekeepers by pre-approving the permits required to export oil to world markets.

“Creating regulatory certainty for investors will allow the port and rail line owner, Arctic Gateway Group, to secure the financing needed to restore the rail line and unlock the port’s potential,” Poilievre explained in the statement. campaign materials that led to his landslide leadership victory. “The Arctic Gateway Group is owned by OneNorth, which is owned by 29 Indigenous communities and a dozen non-Indigenous communities that own and operate the 627-mile rail line between The Pas and Churchill, as well as the only deep region grain terminal from Canada. arctic seaport.

Poilievre’s goal of making Canada the freest country in the world won’t resonate with his critics in the media, but they will with many members of the general public, given the lockdowns and vaccination mandates that have so severely limited freedom, and given Canadian truckers, who came to symbolize freedom around the world. Poilievre’s approach to achieving his goal – his identification of Guardians as a general evil to be overcome wherever possible – will resonate with much, much more.

“Fire the gatekeepers” represents, like the truckers, a revolutionary cry heard around the world.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Epoch Times.

Patricia Adams

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Patricia Adams is an economist and president of the Energy Probe Research Foundation and of Probe International, an independent think tank in Canada and around the world. She is the publisher of the Internet information services Three Gorges Probe and Odious Debts Online and the author or editor of numerous books. His books and articles have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Bengali, Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Lawrence Solomon

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Lawrence Solomon is an Epoch Times columnist, a former National Post and Globe and Mail columnist, and the executive director of Toronto’s Energy Probe and Consumer Policy Institute. He is the author of 7 books, including “The Deniers”, a #1 environmental bestseller in the United States and Canada. He can be reached at [email protected]

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