You missed Mulroney in that list - as big a bull-in-the-China-shop as the rest.blackdog wrote:Canadians have rewarded strong opinionated leaders who do it their way with large majorities. Chretien, Diefenbaker and Trudeau come to mind.
<a href=http://www.amusingquotes.com/h/o/P._J._ORourke_1.htm><b> P. J. ORourke</b></a> once commented that:
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
All of Canada's 'strongly opinionated' PMs, when given their lead, have led Canada to become an over-regulated, over-taxed, culturally-fractured nanny state.
Deifenbaker sent our budding aero-space industry south, Trudeau crafted our social programs on the Cuban model, Mulroney 'disappeared' conservatism into a dark hole somewhere in central Canada, and Chretien did a passable imitation of Raoul Castro.
Oh bull ! Quebec has had hold of the ring in Canada's nose since that fateful day when folks across the country were placed under Martial Law due the actions of the FLQ, a pathetic band of Quebecois miscreants.Canadians have demonstrated that they prefer the bull in the china shop to Mr. Tiptoes.
It's not that 'Canadians' adore being whiplashed by successive 'strong men' in Ottawa, it's more that the pioneering spirit that used to be Canada's strong point has been displaced by a 'strata-title council meeting' mentality.
PM Stephen Harper has shown himself to be the most capable minority leader in modern times, not that there's been much competiton.I keep hoping he will show some courage but so far he has not.
Lester Pearson, the grand minority master before Harper, adopted essential NDP policy to retain their support until the Liberals could launch Trudeaumania on a Canadian society primed by Beatlemania, Kennedymania, the pill, Quebec's 'Quiet Revolution' and rank political boredom.
He is leaving those of us who believe in responsible government no choice but to go to an independent candidate. There is no hope in voting either Liberal or CPC. At least we can protest at the ballot box.
I'll stick with PM Harper, thanks. When one talks about 'strong leaders' in Canada, Harper was able to rise above all the conservative in-fighting and emerge as PM despite the full-on fear-mongering that passed for Liberal campaigning in lieu of pointing to their own 'achievements'.