Justin Trudeau–Liberal leader, charmer, philosopher prince–isn’t having such a good go of it. The Grits just wrapped up their policy convention, which (since it was in the middle of the Olympics*) I didn’t really pay attention to**. It sounded like there might have been a good idea or two floated, but it seemed destined to be more embarrassment than victory train. The capper appeared to be Mr. Trudeau’s unwillingness have a post-convention press conference, but no, the was still more.
Mr. Trudeau pre-taped an interview for Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle. The interview was to serve as a finale for the convention. He was asked about the events in Ukraine.
His response was, perhpas, not exactly what one would expect from a potential Prime Minister:
“President Yanukovych has been made illegitimate. It’s very worrying, especially because Russia lost in hockey, they’ll be in a bad mood. We fear Russia’s involvement in Ukraine,” Trudeau said.
“Just because of hockey?” asked Guy Lepage, the show’s host.
“No. That’s trying to bring a light view in a situation that’s extremely serious,” Trudeau said.
Remember, this is the guy who at “Ladies’ Night” expressed his admiration for China. I’m starting to get the sense that Mr. Trudeau might not really want to win the next election.
Actually, my impression is worse than that. I get the sense that Mr. Trudeau is used to charming his way into and out of any situation he wants. No doubt, the man is charming, the man is well-spoken and the man is intelligent, but there seems to be an out-sized ego wrapped around an underlying vapidity. He seems like he can grasp the necessary concepts to capture the PMO, but he seems severely incurious and completely out of his comfort zone.
I hope I’m wrong. Stephen Harper and the Tories deserve a better challenger. Canada deserves a better challenger. This is a government that has wrecked our finances, condoned torture, lied to Canadians and appointed liars to the Senate, yet I have no confidence the Grits can challenge them. The Tories deserved to lose in 2011, but the Liberals just couldn’t mount a respectable campaign.
Fix this thing, Mr. Trudeau, and do it fast. Save us from a Prime Minister Kenney.
*Seriously, what the hell, Liberals?
**Also, it was the Liberals.