Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Justin Trudeau and the Signs of the New Canada
It was an amazing sight, and yet another sign that we are living in a very different Canada.
For there in the massive Eaton Centre mall, a place so full of frenzied shoppers these days I dare not enter it, was Justin Trudeau.
Mingling with real Canadians.
And joining in a toy drive.
Which may be a small thing, but is something I could never imagine Stephen Harper doing.
And it does seem to reflect the national mood, which as this EKOS poll suggests, is soaring.
Confidence in the country has shot up almost 20 points to 61 per cent positive since the last read when the Harper government was sitting. More significantly, confidence in the direction of the federal government is almost as high as national direction at 58 per cent and this is the highest score for federal direction since 2001. For a neophyte Prime Minister who was depicted as ‘not ready’ and languished in third place entering the recent campaign, this is a strong public endorsement.
And despite the best attempts of some in the corporate media to try to put a gloomy face on the situation...
Or make it sound like Justin has failed already, like the hysterical John Ivison is always doing...
Nothing they do to try to dent his popularity seems to be working.
And now even some in the Con media, are being forced to admit that Trudeau cannot be so easily dismissed.
In broaching major reforms the Liberals are inviting the certainty of some future failures. They are also opening the door to debate, which can lead to eventual compromises that may result in lasting improvements, whereas until recently there was little hope of any, on multiple fronts.
From the start of his run for the Liberal leadership in 2012, Trudeau said he would not be a placeholder. It appears he meant that. We are in for a ride.
And that they are dealing with a very different kind of politician. One willing to take the Maclean's 60-second challenge...
And invite questions from the media and the public.
Rather than running or hiding them from them, as Stephen Harper did and is still doing...
But what I think the Con media still fails to understand, is that one of the main reasons Justin Trudeau is so popular is that Canadians were so sick of the meanness of the brutish Con regime.
It’s hard to believe that less than two months ago Canada was embroiled in its own version of ugly Muslim-baiting by politicians desperate for votes.
Stephen Harper grimly pressed on with his war against the niqab and Muslim women in general. And then there were the snitch lines organized by government to ferret out “barbaric cultural practices.” And let’s not forget the many moves by the Harper government to severely limit and delay the number of Syrian refugees admitted to Canada.
And that by embracing the Syrian refugees so warmly...
Trudeau has helped bring out the best in us, and made us feel better about ourselves, and our country.
It’s not just Trudeau that has made Canada a sunnier place, a place where robust kind-heartedness trumps fear. There are scores of other politicians, activists, and people determined to help who have spoken out against racism and pitched in to show the world that Canada is not like the U.S, or Hungary, or many other European countries that are refusing to shelter refugees.
Which whether you voted for him or not, and I didn't, is quite an achievement.
And since the Cons can never match Justin's ability to reach out to others, and project warmth and hope, and yes glamour...
For that's not who Harper was, he was a cruel and boring bully.
And since Rona Ambrose is just more of the same, and is still dancing to his deathly tune.
Or running from it....
The future of the Cons has never looked gloomier.
And that's before we use electoral reform to finish them off.
While our future has never looked brighter...
You know, some of my friends laugh at me when I say I feel I'm living in a fairy tale.
But it really does feel like that to me.
I still can't believe it. But the signs of the New Canada are everywhere.
And I couldn't be happier...
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