JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SURVIVING A MINORITY PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT IN CANADA – FALSE PARALLELS BETWEEN A GREAT NATIONAL LEADER LIKE THE LATE PIERRE TRUDEAU AND A PROVEN INADEQUATE ONE LIKE THE CURRENT JUSTIN TRUDEAU   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“How Pierre Trudeau survived a minority government – and how Justin Trudeau can do the same”

 

I’m sorry but that is a superficial parallel that does not take account of major differences.

Pierre Trudeau was a highly intelligent, tough, and independent-minded leader with something real to offer Canada.

His final list of accomplishments is impressive and historic. One of our greatest, for sure.

Justin has, in my view, not only embarrassed us, both at home and abroad, but he has no real substantial accomplishments. None.

He has demonstrated no real force of mind or spirit. He not only broke important promises, the whole tone of his government resembled something from an insipid television sitcom. Millennialist mush with no solid thought or dedication.

His frequent appearance in rolled-up sleeves of an expensive, well-pressed dress shirt almost perfectly symbolize the emptiness of his government for me.

That is, when his government is not dealing with the really serious matter of American Neocon policies abroad, ugly stuff which he and his foreign minister have completely embraced.

Justin Trudeau was a truly failed prime minister who did not deserve to be re-elected.

But the other parties didn’t do their jobs and offered weak alternatives, and good old “first past the post” voting – something Trudeau had strongly promised to reform but failed to act on – gave him back a government even with fewer votes than his main opponent. Shabby.

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