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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Sunset is an angel weeping / Holding out a bloody sword
— Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage
February 9, 2005
“When all is said and done, the Canadian federation presupposes that, over and above our respective neighbourhoods, towns, cities and provinces, Canada is considered to be the homeland of all Canadians…Choosing to have feeble federal institutions would be to condemn ourselves to collective weakness in a world that will not be kind to nations divided against themselves. A country, after all, in not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. And so it is in the hands of ever Canadian to determine how well and wisely we shall build the country of the future.” - Pierre Elliot Trudeau

It should come as no surprise to anybody who reads this that every leader we have had since Trudeau has lived in his shadow. Mulroney inked free trade and modernized our economy (in part with the GST) but could never enunciate a vision; he was barely able to define the problem he was trying to solve with the Meech & Charlottetown accords.

Chretien will not be remembered as one of this country’s great leaders: the length of his tenure and force of his majority is, in part, a result of the fissure that manifested itself as the Reform Party movement effectively denying the Progressive Conservatives the opportunity to rebuild effectively. He will not be remembered as a great Prime Minister, but - as his comments at the Gomery enquiry show - his tenaciousness made him an effective one.

Paul Martin is so weak, so lacking in the ability to lead that his story is already being written. A weak, ineffective leader and legislator Mr. Martin’s government lacks a vision of anything, and continues to disappoint. The son has not lived up to the father.

But Trudeau - love him or loathe him - had a vision, a dream, and the ability to create it. As a leader, his shadow is long. As a man, it is great. As a nation builder, the country he built is slipping away and disappearing.

I will not let this happen; they may not be much I can do, but I will do whatever I can.

Canada is my home first, Vancouver second. It will always be this way.

Posted by skooter at 8:08 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

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