One has to wonder about the intelligence quotient of a finance minister who would make jokes about the burden his actions were placing on future generations.
For Trudeau, the son, to succeed, he needs to chart a political path that is quite different from that of his father.
Even aerial bombings and a finance minister’s plan to introduce a no-deficit law to Parliament were no match for the trials and tribulations of the avuncular television host cum Senator whose fall from political grace was nothing less than stunning.
Notwithstanding all Sen. Nancy Ruth’s good work, last week’s cheese outburst will sadly constitute her Senate legacy.
But the theme of politics lost is not new. Naysayers have abounded since the birth of democracy more than 1,000 years ago.
Last week’s heated temperature was not the result of an isolated political mistake. It was a well-planned portent of things to come.
Don Drury was well known in the Golden Horseshoe, but he was not a national name.
Most of the analysis has been focused on putative frontrunners. But the slow slide of the New Democratic Party in the same polls is also very relevant.
Meanwhile, Eve Adams’ decision to cross the floor has meant that she will live to fight another day in a game she obviously loves.
Even though Harper must have been disappointed with John Baird’s early leave-taking, the Prime Minister should have been smart enough to personally offer the warmest of public endorsements on the floor of the House of Commons.
The Feb. 5 byelection to fill the provincial seat vacated by the resignation of New Democrat Joe Cimino has all the elements of intrigue one would expect to find in a fictive political thriller.
The massacre of staff at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo was only five days before the wholesale slaughter of more than 2,000 Nigerians by Islamic radical terrorists Boko Haram. One tragedy was mourned around the world; the other was barely a blip on the international radar.
The Conservative forecasts were workable as long as the price of a barrel of oil remained robust. But the further it falls; the more trouble will befall all politicians who promise more than they can deliver.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is banking on the fact that the focus on war, white men, and sport reinforces a constituency he needs to secure a majority government.
Perhaps hockey great Jean Beliveau understood better than most that the enduring legacy of sport outweighs all politics.
And Parliament has been unable to establish a process that provides a confidential forum to protect both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator.
If his early mistakes are any example, Pierre-Karl Péladeau may want to keep his stock options open.
Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.
CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.
Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.
Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.
House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.
Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.
Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.