One of the funniest moments during CBC’s live coverage of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet swearing-in on Nov. 20 came from veteran political Svengali David Herle. On the news of Chrystia Freeland’s promotion from foreign affairs to deputy prime minister, Herle reminded anchor Vassy Kapelos that Freeland is not known in Ottawa for her leadership ambitions. In other words, she hasn’t done any of the things associated with stealthy succession campaigns throughout history, from Shakespeare’s wettest coups, to the more clandestine defenestration missions of modern times in major capitals—because, trust him, he would know. From a veteran of the Chrétien-Martin wars, it was a generous bit of perspective and expertise-based public service.
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