If there was a Canadian Political Idol who would win? In the USA Obama would possibly be a Slamma, but what about this great big land of tundra?
Manufacturing political stars would be a ratings winner. Instead of having contestants sing you have them talk about their political platforms. Crazy you say? Crazy like a Tasmanian Devil.
Contestant: "I pledge to eradicate debt and erase poverty; to ease social tensions and to ebulliently open dialogue with people. It's time for a change. Again and Aagain."
Simon: How utterly boring and predictable. That was the worse performance I have ever heard."
My pick would be Justin "Beau" Trudeau. He's perfect. He has no real political experience. But what he lacks in credibility he makes up for in his lineage. His legitimacy lies directly with the fact that his father is - Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Alas, as much as I liked the famed pirouetting PM for putting Canada on the international map, I must confess I was not entirely enamoured with his appreciation for the likes of Fidel Castro and Mao Zedong.
It won't be hard for the Liberals to sell the hype. The Liberals are experts at repackaging and selling at a discount. It's the making of a media darling and the media will eat it up like Jaba the Hut ate Jawas.* He'll be like the Shirley Temple of Canadian politics. They may very well invent a drink after him.
Ironically, Trudeau's rise has made me appreciate Quebec's Action Democratique leader Mario Dumont more - recent comments notwithstanding. Dumont created a political party from scratch. He has hung in there to the point of having seats in Quebec's National Assembly. Who knows? Maybe he'll be elected to power one day. Which brings me to another ironic realization, if the ADQ survive, Quebecers will have three parties to choose between. That's one more than what Federal politics can offer.**