The New Democratic Party is choosing a new leader, and, as you might expect, they are getting down to the one or two issues that are paramount for electoral success and good governance. And, as with the late Jack Layton’s moustache, Thomas Mulcair’s beard is a hot topic. Apparently, there is a question as to whether or not a Prime Minister can have a beard.
(As you can see, this is an eminently important matter to me.)
A few NDP MPs are wondering whether leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair can be prime ministerial material with a beard. When the late Jack Layton became leader, there was a debate whether he should shave off his moustache. When one MP mentioned this to Capital Diary in the House foyer it didn’t take long to find two prime ministers’ portraits on nearby walls where the subject had a beard: Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1878) and Mackenzie Bowell (1894–1896). If Mulcair wins, he will be the second current leader with a beard. Seatless Bloc Québécois Leader Daniel Paillé also sports one.
Oh, but if there is any mercy in this cosmos, those of us with beards will finally escape persecution and return to the halcion days of 1896.