Stepping into the ground in elections is all part of the campaign. We need to differentiate ourselves from our rivals and create a brand that people want to participate in. Divide-and-conquer is the standard play of elections, but the divide-and-conquer law nurtured in this election is unprecedented.
Part of society has been identified and proven for the convenience of elections.
Regardless of which party forms the next administration, they suffer some deep national wounds to try and heal as their first task.
The Trudeau Liberal Party has been on the defensive since the first day of the campaign. They called for early elections while at the top of the polls and felt they could grow their level of support to a majority government.
Canadians usually express anger at early election calls, but as the campaign progresses, they usually tend to forget their annoyances and focus on other issues. This time, voters did not forgive.
During the pandemic crisis and the blunder of Afghanistan’s evacuation, electors were angry that they had to face a general election, and the early leadership of the Liberal Party in polls quickly evaporated.
The Conservatives and net domestic product quickly noticed this and constantly reminded Canadians that this election was unnecessary. Moody voters remembered this issue and felt that the Liberal Party needed to change channels.
The Liberal Party has returned to their standard election guide. They tried to cause the abortion problem, but failed. Their attempt to accuse the Conservatives of pursuing double-layer medical care backfired after Twitter was embarrassed by a video labeled “manipulated media.” They played a hidden agenda card against Erin O’Toole and didn’t go anywhere. The liberals were desperate.
By failing to make a boogeyman within the Conservatives, the Liberal Party realized that they could effectively make a boogieman outside of it: they called on and provoked unvaccinated people.
The hesitation of the COVID-19 vaccine probably accounts for 15 percent of Canadians. Reasons for people to avoid vaccination range from persistent opposition to all vaccines to some simple short-term concerns about possible side effects.
For whatever reason, those who are now choosing not to be vaccinated are becoming social paria. Life without vaccination means traveling, socializing, and perhaps living without employment. Unvaccinated people felt cornered and desperate, and Justin Trudeau deliberately raised their fever.
Trudeau has sacrificed and infuriated this Canadian cohort by constantly blaming and threatening “results” for those who chose not to be vaccinated against the new COVID-19 cases.
Trudeau called fierce protests at all of his public events that allowed him to portray himself as a victim of radicals in treating unvaccinated Canadians with such contempt. Don’t worry about him planting, watering, and fertilizing those extremist seeds in the first place.
Strategically, this tactic on the part of the Liberal Party may succeed. Most people who do not trust vaccines also have a healthy distrust of government and general facilities. Not all were Conservative supporters, but most of them were not Liberal supporters. Trudeau had little to lose by inflaming unvaccinated people.
Maxime Bernier took advantage of this sector because the People’s Party of Canada is the only party that clearly opposes mandatory vaccines and vaccine passports. PPC has gained support from all disciplines, but mainly collects votes from the Conservative Party.
Liberal has created a wedge problem that Outur cannot address. Conservative policies on pandemics are not much different from Liberal policies, but their support base on this issue is more vulnerable to division.
But a successful political strategy is not the same as a principled or productive strategy. Whoever wins this election will feel that millions of Canadians are marginalized and abused.
Taking identifiable parts of society and blaming them on national illness has not historically led to good results.
Canadians are angry, afraid, hurt, and divided. We are accustomed to regional unity issues, but not to public health issues.
Neighbors objected to neighbors, and I can’t think of worse election results. This division will be felt within Canada, well beyond the end of the pandemic.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.