BQ leader, Mr. Gilles Duceppe: "He modernized Canadian law. He led Canadians
on the road to a modern day state which reflected the evolution of our
NDP leader, Alexa McDonough: "He firmly believed in a strong, active and
proud federal government. He modernized the public service. He proved that a
career in the public sector could be honourable and respectable."
Many people today are unaware that the term "modern" and its derivatives in
the above statements are synonyms for "socialist." Pierre Trudeau increased
the numerical size of the government. He also increased the cost of the
federal government, both in terms of program spending and increasing the
remuneration for government bureaucrats. He also worked to centralize more
power in the federal government at the expense of the provinces, as well as
to centralize federal authority in his office at the expense of the balance
of powers contained within the federal political structure.
That is what knowledgeable people mean when they say that Trudeau modernized
the Canadian government. It is not without consequence that the individuals
making the above statements are themselves socialists. Alexa McDonough sits
on the Presidium of the International Socialists.
When Prime Minister Jean Chretien says that he intends to invoke the legacy
of Mr. Trudeau in his upcoming election campaign, this is part of the
baggage that is represented by that statement. - TB