Monday, February 01, 2016
Justin Trudeau and the Very Different Prime Minister
It's hard to believe that Justin Trudeau has now been in power for just over a hundred days.
For although I'm sure it seems longer than that to him, it still seems to me like yesterday that he brought down Stephen Harper's foul Con regime.
I'm still celebrating.
And in that short time Trudeau already has quite a list of achievements.
For that list doesn't include the scrapping of Harper's monument to himself...
Or the bringing together of Canada's premiers to strengthen our medicare system, which is even more monumental.
Because Stephen Harper had refused to meet with the Premiers to discuss the future of our precious healthcare system.
Even as he made plans to slowly strangle it...
So although there are still many promises to keep, and many miles to go before we can sleep, and can truly say that we have got our Canada back.
There can be no doubt that we are heading in the right direction, and that Justin Trudeau is a very different Prime Minister.
No one could say the 10 Canadians chosen to get 10 minutes with the prime minister took their jobs lightly. They were fearless and revealing and they challenged Justin Trudeau on issues that mattered to them and to many others.
Each of the 10 had clear questions and wanted answers, although they didn't always get them.
For although he couldn't answer all their questions, he did allow them to grill him in full public view.
He did seem to win them over.
By the end of the exercise, a town hall with a twist, Trudeau seemed to have won over many of the chosen Canadians, who he admitted had been "tough" and "challenging" with him. He shook their hands, and you could hear them off mic thanking him and wishing him luck.
And can you imagine Stephen Harper ever doing that?
Or for that matter can we ever forget what a very different Prime Minister Harper was?
As the cartoonist Terry Mosher reminds us here.
For who can forget what a monster he was.
And where he took this country...
Or his idea of a cabinet...
Or how good it felt to get rid of him...
And for having toasted the dictator in such a convincing manner I will always be grateful to Justin Trudeau.
And one hundred days later I'm still celebrating.
We do have a very different and real Canadian Prime Minister.
And we're still heading in the right direction...
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