Friday, February 18, 2005

Dithers! Release the Hounds!

Often enough, it's not policy decisions or broken promises that destroy politicians. It's stupid little things like dropped footballs and purple dinosaurs. Perception is everything.

And this, is not good.

6 Comments:

  • It is true that Mr. Martin has not lived up to expectations but there is hope. Both articles mentioned how decisive Mr. Martin was in his days as finance minister. Perhaps Canadians have not forgot the Paul Martin of old. If he can reassert the decisiveness that made him so popular, he may yet become the Prime Minister he can, and should, be.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 3:57 AM  

  • He's had fourteen months to grow into the job. How much longer are Canadians willing to put up with a total lack of leadership? My guess is not much longer.

    The only thing holding Martin in place is the total ineptness of Harper since the election.

    Who's the fastest rising star in federal politics right now? I hate to say it but watch out for Belinda Stronach.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 3:51 PM  

  • During the CPC leadership convention, Belinda Stronach appeared to be hampered by a lack of political experience and a greater focus by the media on her outfits than her platform. Her Red Tory positions are, to me, more palatable than Harper's US style conservatism. It’s not surprising that she is a growing star among Canadians. We tend to be more liberal than our friends to the South.

    I still think Martin is the man for the job, but if it’s going to be a Tory, better Stronach than Harper.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 11:02 PM  

  • martin has had nothing but opportunity pressed into his hands. 14 months later, it's fair to say we could reasonably have expected much more.

    By Blogger matt, at 12:36 AM  

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    By Blogger matt, at 12:36 AM  

  • I agree that Martin is a bit of an indecisive leader... I think the minority government situation has exacerbated that trait of his. I just dont understand where this trait developed.. when he was finance minister, he didnt seem to me to be afraid to do budgetary decisions.

    That being said.. I am sort of glad he "dithered" on missile defence... in effect.. he allowed Canadian opposition to the plan to mount and it sounds like the thing might get killed at the Liberal Policy Convention - let alone Parliament.

    I also agree Harper hasnt done much to distinguish himself either.. the thing is tho.. even if Belinda became leader tomorrow.. she'd still have to deal with her "SoCon" wing....and until she gets more moderste and Red Tories elected.. she faces the same image problem for her party as Harper does, even if she is more moderate then he.

    While this is the case.. and while Canadians still arent ready to vote for the NDP.. Martin may be this generation's Pearson (as in succesive minority governments..)

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 5:59 PM  

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