Hodgson wrote:The whole wage and price control thing dumbfounds me.
It's hard to realize just how insanely leftist the world was in the 1970's. I mean wage and price controls? It's just so insane.
But that is why Trudeau won, because conservative type guys like me would listen to people like Stanfield spend 8 full months leading up to an election demanding that Price and Wage Controls be forced on the people, and that Quebec be allowed to rip up the country and given special status, and of course conservative type guys would think why bother voting for Stanfield? So they would vote for Trudeau or Social Credit or even NDP just to keep a guy like Stanfield away from the keys of power. Plus Stanfield, unlike Mulroney or Trudeau or Harper or Chretien, was completely out of touch with society around him. He had no idea who the Beatles were, or Elvis, most likely never had any kind of wild sex with a woman including his wife ever in his life, and people saw through it. He was an economic communist with a social conservative agenda, and the combination of that was just the most horrible thing and so he was never elected Prime Minister.
The guy who paves the roads for a living sitting on some machines on the highway, or drives a B-Train Tractor Trailer of jet fuel to the airport everyday has to have some sort of common connection with the Prime Minister now, and Stanfield was a robot not connected to the world around him.
With Harper for example, people know he loves rock n roll, enjoys a good hockey game or curling match, plays a bit of guitar and piano, and likes a beer once a in a while, and that his wife likes riding motorcycles so he appeals to people much more over say Iggy, or Dion, or Martin. And so he became Prime Minister. Stanfield, was just a horrible man who was disconnected from society at large much like Joe Clark…