Heather Mallick in the Toronto Star has a few good reasons why our next Prime Minister will be named Justin Trudeau:
But what makes some politicians attractive and others repellent?
Trudeau is intelligent, humane and self-confident, a Québécois who is devoted to Canadian unity and has the most marvellous family: a sophisticated career-minded wife, Sophie Grégoire, and three adorable young children with the interesting names that only confident parents bestow: Xavier James, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. He has an English degree from McGill, a UBC teaching degree and taught for several years. He has his father’s intellect and wit, while being more down to earth, and his mother’s good looks and warmth. And the guy, a Montrealer, can wear a suit.
Take every word over four letters in that paragraph and you have a list of why the ruling Conservatives hate him. I didn’t put the word “attractive” in there in case they fizzed with resentment and exploded, like when you shake a pop can and open its little metal hole.
The steady drip-drip-drip of Harper political venom and disrespect for Canada’s democratic institutions has done just what many of us thought it would: corrode the initial support for Harper as a man who would tidy up Ottawa, after the shambles of the Liberal government he replaced.
That corrosion is so widespread by now that it will take a miracle for Stephen Harper to remain in power as PM come the next election.
In the meantime, all those who have felt the sting of the Conservative Party disciplinary and deprivation whip should start dusting off their own dancing shoes, and practising a few celebratory hops. Good times are coming back.