BY MICHELLE REMPEL
In the chateaus of downtown Ottawa, the morally superior bourgeois set often give each other knowing glances over glasses of wine served up on the lobbyist reception circuit.
“Trudeau just CONNECTS with people better, you know? Especially young people and women.”
Enter Sarah Fisher, a young, vibrant woman who happens to be the federal Conservative candidate in Don Valley North.
To date, much of Sarah’s social media posts have been what is expected of a political candidate — photos of her team out canvassing, her attending community events, the basic “I’m working hard” sort of stuff that one expects someone seeking public office to post.
Then, on a political issue that was highly relevant to the week’s news, the Sarah I know and love decided to bust out her wit to hilarious and epic effect.
Sarah put together a nine second video that perfectly, and hilariously, encapsulated the virtue signalling emptiness of Justin Trudeau’s environmental record.
She was — and of course she was — resoundingly panned for it by the above mentioned chattering bourgeois reception circuit class.
Her video has been watched over 500,000 times.
If you don’t know what I’m referring to, Trudeau recently attempted to make an environmental policy announcement. It was derailed after a reporter asked him a simple question; “what is your family doing to reduce plastic use?”
Evidently unprepared for such a basic question, he blathered out a cringeworthy and nonsensical response that ended with “paper water bottle drink box sort of things.”
Trudeau’s privilege has long been his weakness. He can’t relate to the carbon tax he’s forcing everyday Canadians to pay.
And last week, in asking Canadians to stop using plastic, and being unable to tell them how he was doing so, he reinforced the perception of being the dilettante PM who tells Canadians to do as he says, but not as he does.
Sarah’s video, which brilliantly mocks Trudeau’s response, put this all together in nine seconds. It responded to a newsy political issue in the moment, with comic effect. It was satire and political commentary meshed together. It was magic.
Here’s the thing — the days of written op-eds like this are quickly passing. There is an entire generation of people who express creative dissent with Instagram memes and Facebook posts.
Why is it that Liberals, like Justin Trudeau, who have often been praised and given front page billing for doing “accessible” things like kayaking shirtless, are lauded for these efforts but Sarah was derided?
I have a theory.
Old school opinion writers, like Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star who was one of the criticizers-in-chief of this matter, are seeing their platforms eroded by content creators who have their pulse on a market of people who were born consuming information on a digital platform.
But Sarah, a young *gasp* Conservative woman, did so with wit and ease.
There are dozens of Conservative candidates who break the mold set by the Ottawa chattering class for Conservatives. Tattoo artists. First Nations women. Women of colour. Candidates with youth, wit, and vigor, who embrace digital media and independent content creation.
Our country is better for it.
Keep it up, Sarah.
— Michelle Rempel is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Immigration