I'm going to have to try to restrain myself from saying nice things about Justin Trudeau, lest people start thinking I'm running one of his many fan clubs.
Which since I voted for the NDP might be called fraudulent, or get me killed by one of my bitter NDP friends.
But it's really hard not to say nice things about Justin, because he just keeps doing and saying things that move me and inspire me.
And so far at least, he is everything I had
The leader who would wipe away tears after watching a video about the residential school tragedy.
And learning more about the suffering of so many of those children.
"I remember the one young fellow that hung himself in the gym, and they brought us in there, and showed, showed us, as kids, and they just left him hanging there, and, like, what was that supposed to teach us? You know I’m fifty-five years old, and I still remember that, and that’s one thing out of that school that I remember."
As we should all weep.
And has vowed to implement ALL the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Or at the other end of the emotional scale, the big Star Wars fan, who would invite a group of sick children to a private screening.
So they could enjoy the space fantasy like he did when he was a child.
While also showing that he is all grown up, not the boy the Cons tried to make him out to be. By agreeing to take part in a town hall organized by Macleans, where he slammed the politics of fear.
"If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don't actually end up any safer," he said. "Fear doesn't make us safer, it makes us weaker. At this time, when there is reason to be concerned for security around the world and here at home, we need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and keeping our communities united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities."
Impressed some of his toughest critics like John Geddes.
Sometimes the pace at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers moments of pure political-performance virtuosity is breathtaking. Consider just the past couple of days. On the evening before he took part in this afternoon’s Maclean’s Town Hall, Trudeau invited 20 patients from an Ottawa children’s hospital to a private screening of the new Star Wars movie.
The photo of him sitting in the middle of a gang of grinning teenagers and kids in theatre seats has ruined the Christmases of countless Tory and NDP strategists who were only just beginning to recover from the Oct. 19 election result.
And argued that his politics of nice is more just image, it's also about substance...
“It’s not about image, it’s about substance,” Trudeau said. “That’s what so many of my political opponents haven’t understood. If you want to serve Canadians well, with the kinds of things they want to see for themselves and for their families for the future, you have to listen to them. You have to get to know people.”
“You have to be engaged in real conversations and talk about their hopes and dreams for the country, and find out what’s worrying them, what’s going well, where they need a little extra help, what’s preoccupying them,” he said.
Which in this day and age I believe also happens to be really good politics. For unlike so many in the Con media, he understands that after so many years of Stephen Harper's politics of mean...
Being nice is also a blunt weapon to help bury everything that depraved dictator stood for, help make real the politics of change, and the restoration of our Canada.
As well as making clear, in even the smallest ways, that he intends to be a very different leader...
One who listens and can relate to younger Canadians and is inspiring them like no other leader ever has.
And is for all the above reasons my kind of Prime Minister.
Time will tell whether Justin Trudeau can live up to the expectations he has aroused. Whether he can bring this country back from the deadness of the Harper years.
Or rescue it from the cynicism that is the cancer of the soul.
But he is off to an excellent start.
And wherever he is these days Stephen Harper must be screaming...
The man he claimed was just not ready, is turning out to be quite a politician.
And his politics of nice are burying him and his Cons alive...
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