Was Pierre Trudeau a Communist? No. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Is Justin Trudeau a Communist? No. He is the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Red baiting is not about condemning the Communist Party and their members. It is about slurring leftists with the crimes of Lenin and Stalin to silence unwanted voices and ideas.
And Robert Morley continues that inflammatory practice with the newly elected Prime Minister of the land of his nativity and his father.
First Morley red baits Justin Trudeau by using an interview to accuse him of being sympathetic towards China. The insinuation being that he is somehow sympathetic towards dictatorship. It is irrelevant to Morley that Justin Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party, not the Communist Party.
Canada’s democratic system has empowered a dynasty that’s not big on democracy.Then Morley red baits the new Prime Minister's father, Pierre Trudeau.
Two years ago, Justin Trudeau was asked which nation’s type of government he most admired besides Canada’s.
His answer: China’s. ...
According to Justin Trudeau, democracy is frustrating because it doesn’t allow prime ministers to do what they want. And now Justin Trudeau is the prime minister. (Robert Morley, Like Father, Like Son?, January 2016, p. 11.)
It is irrelevant to Morley that Pierre Trudeau came to power as the leader of the Liberal Party, not the Communist Party. Various associations are used to slur him as a Communist or Communist sympathizer of some kind.
This [Pierre Trudeau's] fascination with communism, fascism, socialism and religion drove Trudeau to the far reaches of the political world. ...
Pierre Trudeau had a penchant for studying Communist tactics up close and firsthand. He hated the wars of “Western imperialists,” but Communist wars were just fine. [I have no idea if that is true.] ...
In 1953, the United States banned him from entering the U.S., citing him as a Communist agent. But Trudeau’s fascination for all things Communist remained even as he began moving up the political ranks. ...
In 1970, Trudeau became one of the first Western leaders to recognize the Communist People’s Republic of China (to U.S. President Richard Nixon’s chagrin). In 1971, he traveled to the Soviet Union to participate in regime-sponsored propaganda activities. (pp. 11, 31-32.)It is a bit odd for Morley to condemn Pierre Trudeau for recognizing Communist ruled China without mentioning that soon afterwards President Nixon himself would visit Mao himself.
Then Morley insists that Pierre Trudeau made Canadians hate and loath the United States. Just like the Communists.
Perhaps Trudeau’s most lasting impact is how he shaped Canadians’ perception of the United States. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and much of the rest of the liberal press increasingly portrayed the United States as an evil empire that recklessly risked global war by antagonizing Russia. Americans, he said, were fighting wasteful, exploitive [sic] wars and undermining the sovereignty of nations—like Canada—that would not support its Cold War plans. Under Trudeau, Canada’s closest trading partner, a nation with virtually the same culture and beliefs, became an aggressor to be feared and resisted. (p. 32.)This article is just crude red baiting. Red baiting is a tactic designed, not to oppose Communists, but to slur leftists with the guilt of the crimes of Lenin and Stalin in order to silence, marginalize and stir up severe revulsion towards unwanted voices and ideas.
It is wrong for Morley to use this vicious rhetorical trick to vilify the newly elected Prime Minister of the land of his nativity, Canada.