Fearful and hopeful

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first speech to a US audience was, as one might expect, filled with “sunny ways.”

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It becomes easy to be fearful,” Alexander Panetta reports him saying to an appropriate audience at an event hosted by ‘a progressive think-tank at an art gallery,’ “It becomes easy to turn in on ourselves. But we know from history that it’s much more important to turn outwards. And to draw out the best of each other. And to understand that whenever people get together regardless of how different they may seem there are always more things that we have in common.” Mt Panetta reports that the prime minister went on to tell the audience that America needs “to be at its most generous, to be at its wisest, to be at its most innovative… To learn to draw from the populations that come here from every corner of the planet.

Sunny ways, indeed.

1297762074586_ORIGINALWell, I am fearful … fearful that we have elected another neo-isolationist leader who is, potentially, even worse than the last one … if that’s possible to imagine; and who is protected by a media that is charmed by his charisma and sheer, real, “likability” factor. One can, at least, forgive Pierre Trudeau for being afraid of the separatist threat. They were real, even dangerous domestic terrorists and they needed to be confronted and defeated. He may have trampled on the precious civil liberties of all Canadians, but Pierre Trudeau did not have a terribly deep sense of our English based notion of individual liberty; his personal philosophy seems to me to have been rooted in many of the very illiberal continental European traditions. Justin Trudeau appears, to me (and I admit to being highly biased) to have no philosophy at all, he’s just like a sock-puppet on the hands of the Dalton McGuinty/Kathleen Wynne cabal from Ontario.

But I am hopeful, too.

This fills me with hope …

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… it is the Conservative Party of Canada caucus (thanks Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, for that picture) and in it I see brains and ability, diversity and representation of all Canadians, real leadership, and hope for our country.

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