Justin Trudeau still knows how to land a jab. “With Mr. Harper, we had the lowest growth rate since R.B. Bennett,” the current prime minister said last month of the man he dispatched in 2015.
Low blow. For all you kids out there, Bennett was the Conservative prime minister who did the Liberals a favour by winning the 1930 election, relieving William Lyon Mackenzie King of the responsibility of dealing with the Great Depression. It was an impossible situation, but Bennett generally is thought to have handled the calamity poorly. If you are Stephen Harper, who considered economic oversight his forte, it’s not a comparison you would like.
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