It is important to remember that Donald Trump caught Americans off guard with what Hillary Clinton described as his basket of deplorables. There are similar types of deplorables in Canada you know. And trust a weasel like conservative MP Pierre Poilievre to try to politicize them. He will have some trouble signing them up to the conservative party, yet he can be betting on the large numbers who turn out for his campaign. He is the first Canadian politician to make conservative politics interesting to the hoi polloi since John George Diefenbaker.
I remember, many years ago, arguing with my late friend Keith Davey about sending MP Judy LaMarsh and the “Truth Squad” to Diefenbaker’s rallies back in the 1960s. ‘Dief’ would welcome them and ask them to sit up front where everyone could see them. I felt that the point that Diefenbaker could wander from the truth was being covered very well by the news media. It was probably only two rallies that they attended but Keith thought Judy’s truth squad brought the problem of Dief’s creative approach to truth into sharper focus.
But Poilievre, as a phony Prairie populist, seems to have better writers than Diefenbaker. I was listening to part of his speech at the Steam Whistle Brewery the other day and I actually think he is dumbing down his language to connect with his dumber audiences. He was saying: “I dunno” in answer to his own rhetorical questions. Yet, he usually speaks in a more clipped style.
And speaking of the Steam Whistle event, did you know that the little worm is going around bad-mouthing the company. He stands up in from of his followers and in social media on the Internet to tell them that this brewery waters its beer. We all know that water is a very important ingredient in beer. Poilievre just says it in a nasty way. I hope the brewery continues to stay silent. He would love to have the attention.
I think Poilievre was one of the few Canadian politicians who actually used the pandemic to further his aggressive agenda. As soon as the Zoom meetings of parliamentary committees were launched, he had the best lighting and background of any member of parliament. That guy doesn’t miss a trick. He is a sleaze. As one of the two career politicians running in this year’s conservative leadership contest, he makes Brampton mayor, Patrick Brown, look like a country yokel.
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