Musings —05.25.2010 07:58 AM—
- Stephen Harper has “grit”? Barf me with a spoon. Chrétien won – over and over – because the people liked him (and majority-less Harper, mostly, they don’t). He won because people trusted him (Harper, mostly, they don’t). He won because he knew Canadian values (Harper – on issues like invading Iraq, abortion, accountability, environment, culture, democracy, and stuff like prorogation – doesn’t). He won because he loved Canada, and average Canadians, too (Harper, the tired Tim Hortons pretence to the contrary, can’t even say he loves Canada). And so on.
- Alberta Libs have the Big Mo. They do, they do. And my former editor Gillian – who was one of the best bosses I ever had (most were women, too) – is wrong. With the right-wing fracturing in two, my home province’s Grits can take advantage of that, just like Chrétien did in 1993. I’m not necessarily saying they’ll win – but I am saying (and said at their convention, last week) that they can hugely benefit from the right-wing split.
- Liberal leadership: I think Harris’ story is overstated. He contacted me last week, and asked me what I thought Michael Ignatieff would think about that Ekos poll. I said: “I don’t think it will make him very happy.” (I state the obvious. Guilty as charged.) I have also told whomever would listen that Opposition – for Chrétien, for McGuinty, for Harper – completely, totally sucked. All three had unhappy times on the Opposition benches, and all three were written off by the media as well as elements within their own parties. But all three ended up doing okay, didn’t they?
- Chrétien and Harper! As critical as I have been of Stephen Harper – and, frankly, that’s kind of predictable as long as I am obliged to sue him and his party for libel (and as predictable as it is that I’m going to win) – it is very nice of him to participate in the aforementioned hanging of Jean Chrétien. (And I’ll go out on a limb, and bet he jokes about that!) See you this afternoon in Ottawa.