Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I think Le petit foul mouthed dauphin is a great choice ... For the Tories. Mr. Trudeau is tantalizing, but whether he is galvanizing is another question. His entry in the race would set fire to Canadian politics. It would bring forward new forces. It would, given Pierre Trudeau’s legacy, polarize the debate even more so than it is already polarized. It would scare New Democrats, especially given Mr. Trudeau’s Quebec base. It would vault the Liberal contest into prime time for a year to come. And here’s another thing. It would be a welcome development for the Harper Conservatives. Their interest is in keeping the progressive side of the political spectrum as divided as possible. Justin Trudeau is their best hope of doing that. In hoisting Liberal fortunes, he could generate an even split in support between Grits and New Democrats. His entry would rouse the Conservative base like it has rarely been roused before. Right-siders go into spasms at the mention of the Trudeau name. Their attitude was on display when Justin won the charity boxing match. Nah, they whined, it didn’t take much courage to do it – as if Justin being splattered all over the ring wouldn’t have been a brutal humiliation for the Trudeau name. No, it didn’t show he was as much the father’s son as the mother’s. Nah, it wasn’t a defining moment, as if the man-in-the-ring photo wouldn’t accompany Trudeau media clips by the score.