I've never been a close follower of federal politics. Not that it isn't interesting, but with municipal craziness and borderline illegal provincial shenanigans, I simply don't think there is enough time or Tylenol to religiously follow all three. Recently however, it's been all but impossible to ignore the hijinks that are taking place in the head office.
I'm referring of course to the fact that for the past couple months no one in the country has been exactly sure just who's driving the bus. Over the years Chrétien has had moments both good and bad. Among other things, he's kept an entire industry of Canadian stand up comics and impersonators employed. No to mention the time he brought the whole country together. No matter what your political leanings, looking back at '98 it was pretty shocking when Chrétien strangled that guy. Trudeau had his finger and Chrétien has the strangle hold. Now that's some zany Canadian politics.
As for his exit from power? Personally I think it's brilliant. Think about it. There's something intensely liberating about giving your notice at work. Sure it's a little scary, but that freedom is something else. For those two weeks you're completely free to do as you please. During this time the mantra "what are they going to do, fire me?" ensures that you only do what you want. Yes, it's good times but traditionally it's only two weeks. Chrétien however was savvy enough to realize two weeks just wasn't enough so he stepped it up and gave two years notice.
Politically that's incredible.
Here's a man who for two years did what he always wanted to do and no amount of campaign contributions could change his mind.
Bush is a moron, gays can marry, and smoke em' if ya got em' are just fraction of the kick ass Canadian things that marked his last years in office. But perhaps his greatest accomplishment of this decade in power came recently when he bravely took a stand and refused to let our children die in Bush's war in Iraq. But now, two years are up, and in a few months Canada will have a new daddy.
So just who is Paul Martin?Well, word around the campfire isn't pleasant. It would appear he's of the school of thought that cutting social programs to pay for tax cuts is a great idea. He even went so far as to call Gordon Campbell "a breath of fresh air". Combine that with his insistence that we 'repair relations' with the USA, and you have one scary future. I suppose in the end only time will tell what Paul will do with our country once he's in the drivers seat. Who knows maybe he'll surprise us and actually be honorable, be kind, be Canadian. Go on, surprise us daddy.