Despite the fact that I think he was a coward during World War II (driving around Jewish neighbourhoods in Montreal in German outfits), I respected the intellect of the late Pierre Trudeau. Despite his reckless spending and the wealth redistribution of the National Energy Program (which hurt Alberta and the West so much it didn’t recover for over a decade), one could laud him for his intellect, his internationalism, and even some of his decisions in office (using the War Measures Act to combat tribalism and terrorism, Charter of Rights of Freedoms etc).
However, as even some of his apologists will attest, his handling of economic matters almost left Canada in financial ruin. The Canadian media’s fawning over new MP Justin Trudeau makes me sick. He is definitely the lightweight of the family. His brother Alexandre, a journalist, is a hell of a lot more brighter than Justin. It’s too bad he didn’t enter politics instead.
Justin, in an interview more than a decade ago (my liberal parents mentioned this to me), mentioned that he doesn’t read books. At the time, he mentioned that he’d rather have people tell him about the news instead of reading it for himself Now this lightweight is one of the top picks for Liberal leader according to some polls(although he won’t probably enter the contest)? Considering his father’s legacy on economic matters (hardly did Canada any favours here), it is also interesting that he picked economic topics for his first speech in the House of Commons. How can the Canadian papers be fawning over such a lightweight?
Do the Liberals really want such a lightweight as their leader? Liberal leadership candidate Ignatieff is a foreign policy hawk that is truly intelligent and international. Spending a good portion of his life outside Canada has also made him able to view things from outside the suburban bubble that so many Canadians live in. Conservative PM Harper is an intelligent policy wonk and strategist that has surprised a lot of people with good performance as PM. An election between those two in the future would be interesting indeed.
I can understand Conservatives wanting the Liberals to choose Trudeau (it could lead them to a huge majority in the future). However, why would Liberals want to nominate someone on name alone? If members of the party decided to select such a lightweight, it would be an even worse selection than Dion IMHO. From a out-of touch professor to an idiot child of the Canadian Liberal aristocracy. And this is the natural governing party of Canada? No wonder the new immigrants to Canada seem to be changing parties. They’re smart enough to be able to smell a stinker. After all, they’ve been dealing with many of these type of parties in their home countries. Shame that many Canadians don’t have the same sense of smell.
Former Australian Labour PM Paul Keating once called Alexander Downer the “idiot child of the Aristocracy/Adelaide establishment.” Well, Justin makes Downer look like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein combined.