Reframing Canadian (and Conservative) politics

I don’t, normally, follow Leah McLaren in the Globe and Mail, but this column caught my attention, especially this bit:

“Trump is not just a crackpot. He is forcefully and very successfully reframing the American political debate. Whatever his political future, he is winning the race to get his message out and, given the extreme nature of what he has to say, that victory is a powerful one. The Overton window (i.e. the list of acceptable subjects of public debate) has now expanded to include ideas that are blatantly fascist, racist – and with which many people agree. Trump’s fans, and indeed the man himself, have argued that he can’t possibly be a bigot with such an overwhelming groundswell of support, but one need only look to the recent history of genocide to see that’s patently incorrect.”

I think Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is, also, “reframing” Canadian political discourse.


Why on earth does anyone care about this?


Nothing that Vogue say about anyone or anything matters in the greater or even lesser scheme of things, but Canadians (and, apparently) many foreigners, too) are enjoying Trudeaumania II … for now.

Speaking of pictures … is this the new face of Canada’s defence policy?

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I don’t know the colonel, given her aiguillettes I assume she is the Canadian Defence Attaché in one of the regional embassies and I guess she has been ordered out to be part of a photo-op. That ~ using the CF as props for political propaganda ~ is nothing new, but I wonder if “building a leaner, more agile, better-equipped military: means a smaller, weaker one that is confined to baby-blue beret style peacekeeping and welcoming refugees.

But I also wonder how long the public’s fascination with either Donald Trump or Justin Trudeau can last.

How long can it be before most Americans discard Mr Trump because he is a racist and a fascist who offers nothing of value? Equally, how long can it be before Canadians realize that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just an empty air-head, a sock puppet being used by Ontario premier Wynne to further her own deeply flawed social agenda?


Conservatives, especially the Conservative Part of Canada, needs to nudge (not push) Canadians back towards the sensible path of social moderation, fiscal prudence and principled foreign and defence policies.

Who could provide a model for our Conservative Party? Some would say Margaret Thatcher, others George HW Bush, still others, people of my age, might pick Harold Macmillan or Dwight Eisenhower, but I would go with a Canadian as an exemplary model for a new Conservative Party leader:


Louis St Laurent, a Liberal from Quebec, was a good, modern, Conservative PM. We would do well to think about his social, fiscal and foreign/defence policies.



Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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