From some where in the Mediterranean….
Not even here …literally in the middle of the sea …can we escape the huge significance of the tragic shootings back home …important enough to address in a discussion NOW ..weeks before I get on land.
Make no mistake about it …despite the “come together” sentiments felt and expressed by so many across the country …including our politicians …there are realities that are carefully being assessed behind the scenes by the federal strategists, elected officials and party brass …all with a view towards tyhe next federal election.
The recent terrorist actions in Quebec and Ottawa …and they WERE terrorist actions, violent and ideologically motivated despite the attempts by some (the usuals) to downplay the reality … the events WILL affect the political landscape in Canada.
Canadians watched …even here at sea, thanks to extensive coverage by BBC World News …how our political leaders handled the crisis, the issue and the magnitude of the implications for our nation. In fact, I was even able to watch the ENTIRE speeches given in the Houise of Commons by both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair…plus EXTENSIVE news/print coverage of all the remarks outside Parliament by them and also Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
It is clear to me that the two main winners …yes, even in tragedy, there can be political winners … are Harper and Mulcair: BOTH came off strong, credible and capable off assuring Canadians that we will be okay, that things are under control and that Canada will not only emerge safe and sound …but in reality, already IS.
Even I felt better …more confident, less vulnerable, listeining and reading the words if Harper and Mulcair.
The Liberal leader is clearly NOT READY for prime time … certainly NOT as prime minister.
And these most recent events …along with his almost total absent in the recent Commons debates over Canada’s participation in the war against ISIS … show ONCE AGAIN that Trudeau lacks substance, credibility and … one of recent favorites … gravitas!
And we’re not talking about reading the news …but actually making it, leading it and protecting US and our nation.
Trudeau has been a NO SHOW when it comes to the BIGGEST security and dangerous issues facing our country … and surely, that’s exactly WHEN AND WHERE a leader MUST shine and impress.
Harper, yes; Mulcair, yes; Trudeau, a boy playing in an adult competition.
It will be interesting, of course, how all this is reflected in the polls … where smiles, flashy looks and charm (?) have helped the Liberal leader, especially among the younger crowd.
But remember, many of those who respond in polls, don’t actually trek to the voting booths, and I suspect that among those who do …Harper and Mulcair have impressed the respective politically-interested and won more support by recent events than Trudeau.
And recent events convince me more than ever we will not have to wait until the Fall of next year to make that choice!
(Please note: Anyone who has ever taken a cruise knows how EXPENSIVE and SLOW satellite internet access is … so I will NOT be monitoring comments more than once or twice a day…and limiting my responses severely…so patience in this important but highly important debate will be appreciated.)