Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019

EU news: How Justin Trudeau’s election rival hit out at ‘dictatorial’ EU bureaucrats | World | News

Canadian Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer wrote a column for the National Post just three days before Britain voted to leave the EU. In it he states his support and admiration for the Brexit cause, with a piece headlined ‘A Strong Britain is an Independent Britain’. In the article he lauds “the democratic gifts the British people gave the world: responsible government, the Westminster parliamentary system, ordered liberty and the common law”. Scheer also claimed Britain should leave the EU because “what’s at stake is nothing less than the basic principles of self-determination, subsidiarity and economic dynamism”. While he reserved his kindest words for the UK, Scheer gave an incredibly damning assessment of the EU and the Remain campaign.

Regarding the latter, he said: “The Remain side tells Britons that a vote for exiting the EU is akin to choosing economic and political uncertainty. Voters are led to believe there’s no other option.

“They must accept the bureaucratic excesses of Brussels (which even the Remain supporters can’t defend) to avoid disruption, isolation and decline.

“It’s a profoundly negative and simplistic vision that just happens to be wrong.”

His most critical analysis was directed at Brussels, as he claimed that the UK is being restricted from operating under its traditional representation by local [domestic] politicians.

He said: “The will of the people expressed through their elected representatives is increasingly being replaced by the dictates of EU bureaucrats in Brussels.

“The consequence is less self-determination, less local decision making and less economic dynamism.

“Britain’s foreign economic relations with historic partners such as Canada are now subject to an effective veto from countries such as Romania and Bulgaria. Then there’s the host of EU regulations covering everything from hair dressers to vacuum cleaners and olive oil.”

Scheer also claimed the UK would ultimately benefit from economic freedom should the Leave vote win, increasing independence and strengthening Ottawa-London ties.

He said: “The British people will make their decision on Thursday, as we here in Canada look on with great anticipation.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson Brexit deal: Does Boris have the support in Commons?

The current leader is embroiled in scandal, with the latest PR nightmare being the emergence of images from 2001, showing a then 29-year-old Trudeau wearing ‘brown face’ at a fancy dress party.

The Canadian Liberal Party leader admitted that his actions were racist, and also confessed to ‘brown facing’ on another occasion.

The furore erupted at a crucial time as Canadians go to the polls this month, and Trudeau’s howler could see a Brexit sympathiser become leader of Canada.

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